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October 29, 2015

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(Left) Aishwarya Rai appeared at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 with a ‘fat’ look; (right) Aish stunned everyone in the golden gown in the perfect hour glass figure at Cannes 2014

After having weathered criticisms on her weight and speculations over her comeback post motherhood, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan confirmed her return with the film Jazbaa.

In a seven-minute trailer of her comeback film Jazbaa , Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had the audience at Cannes swoon in her glory. Interestingly, director Sanjay Gupta, who accompanied Aishwarya to Cannes, revealed that he didn’t prepare a trailer for Cannes.

“I took out one dramatic sequence from the film where Aishwarya kills it. We did the entire post-production of that sequence and took it to Cannes. The real hero of that scene is the Academy Award winner sound designer Resul Pookutty of Slumdog Millionnaire fame. He took that dramatic scene and Aishwarya’s performance to another dimension.” Apparently, a German critic burst into tears when he saw Aishwarya’s acting in the trailer.

Gupta said, “American and European critics aren’t used to the heightened emotions that we believe in. Yet when they saw Aishwarya’s scene, they were bowled over. It was reassuring to see how foreigners responded to these Indian emotions.”

Great welcome to comeback

The first look of the poster featuring only Aishwarya got thumbs up from the fans not only in India but at the French Riviera as well. The actress, who has been setting fashion statements on the Cannes red carpet for over a decade now as the brand ambassador of cosmetic brand L’Oreal, told the media at Cannes, “I was very happy to see that film has made buzz not only in India but at Cannes as well.” Just few minutes after the launch of the poster, social media was abuzz with positive feedbacks, calling it ‘mind-blowing’, ‘just the beginning’, ‘impressive’ and a lot more. It was also the top trend on Twitter in India as this was being written and was trending worldwide as well. In the poster, Aishwarya looks distressed against the backdrop of a city’s skyline. Word is that Aishwarya will be seen doing reckless stunts in the film that has also been shot in extreme conditions.

The journey begins with Jazbaa

We saw the former miss world in a Bollywood film five years ago when she stormed the silver screen with her remarkable performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish (2010). The fans take a sigh as they watch the trailer that was launched on August 15; the film is set to release on October 9, 2015. Also starring Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher and Siddhant Kapoor, the film is woman- centric where Aishwarya will be seen playing a lawyer and performing some never-seen-before action sequences. “The scene involved an intense meeting between Ash’s character, a lawyer, and Irrfan who plays a suspended cop. They meet for the first time and a heated exchange follows. The crew was so pleased with the shots that they gave Ash a standing ovation,” a source from the set of the film told Mumbai Mirror. The film is a remake of South Korean crime drama Seven Days (2007).

The Bollywood remake is spearheaded by a phenomenal actress/ director team claimed by Aishwarya’s husband and Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, as reported by a daily, “I am very excited to see Aishwarya in Jazbaa . I love Sanjay Gupta as a director and they both make a fantastic team, and it is always wonderful to see her on screen.”



Aishwarya with her daughter Aaradhya

Recently, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta was also full of praises for Aishwarya’s comeback in Jazbaa . She tweeted, “Aishwarya is looking absolutely smashing in the teasers of Jazbaa. Who says female actors, after marriage, are no longer in demand? Ash’s getting the best of both the worlds. She’s a great mom and wife, and she’s doing the work that she wants to, on her own terms.”

A weighty issue

Last year, the news of Aishwariya’s comeback with Jazbaa made headlines. Though fans were happy that the actress was returning to the silver screen, the criticism on her weight too followed. Back in November 16, 2011, she gave birth to her daughter Aaradhya and over a period of time it became noticeable that the actress wasn’t losing her weight that eventually raised eyebrows among the snobs. Aishwarya, however, closed all mouths by saying that she was enjoying motherhood and there was no hurry to get back to the Dhoom 2 (2006) look. She didn’t hide herself and was seen at times, like most normal human beings do after delivering a baby. She didn’t even skip her annual appointment at Cannes. And Cannes is the platform where she was seen on the red carpet last year in golden gown in the perfect shape again, shedding kilos, which made everyone think – was Aishwarya even ‘fat’ in the memory? With this, Aishwariya not only silenced critics but became the pin up girl for women in their 40s battling weight issues.

Rumours in abundance

Apart from weight, there were numerous rumours and speculations about her comeback plans to Bollywood. Allegedly some said that Aishwarya doesn’t wish to be paired with anyone other than her real life hero Abhishek Bachchan that was denied by Junior Bachchan himself. Followed by the same, she was rumoured to be paired with Ranbir Kapoor in filmmaker Karan Johar’s film. More recently, the rumours of Aishwarya to pair again with Shah Rukh in Farah Akhtar’s Happy New Year hit the tabloid for the role that was played by Deepika Padukone. And the latest to hit the tabloid was the Aishwarya bagging a part in Tamil filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s next venture. However, all were farce. A source from the film industry stated a news agency, “Contrary to the rumours, Aishwarya is not a part of filmmaker Mani Ratnam‘s yet- untitled Tamil directorial, Mani sir is yet to finalise the heroines.”

The surprising aspect about these rumours is the actress neither accepted nor denied these rumours. She almost stayed away from the paparazzi ever since she vacated herself from Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine due to her pregnancy. As a dutiful mother, Aishwarya never made a public appearance until almost 10 months after delivering the baby.

Next plan

The second innings of Aishwarya seems to be busy as after Jazbaa, the actress during Cannes Film Festival, mentioned that she has a films lined up with Sujoy Ghosh of Kahaani (2012) fame and Karan Johar.

After receiving a welcoming response from fans and the film fraternity Aishwarya is looking forward to make a stellar comeback with Jazbaa. Now we wait to see the magic she creates with her performance on October 9, when the film hits the silver screen!



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