Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is at the Cannes Film Festival for the 13th year.
You’ve spoken about how this festival has broadened your horizons in terms of cinema. Has it enabled you to make braver choices in terms of roles?
Even prior to my festival experience, I started with Iruvar (1997) with Mani (Ratnam; film-maker). I always thought I was trying to chart a new course than what’s predictable for the leading lady back home. That’s been my journey so far, and it continues in that sense. I don’t believe in the term ‘comeback’, because although I took a maternity break, I didn’t go anywhere else. I’m still part of the same turf, going to the studio, doing endorsements and attending festivals. I’m doing everything that I chose to do during the first two-and-a-half years of my child’s life. And I have consented to doing films later this year.
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Are you doing an action-thriller with Sanjay Gupta now?
Yes, and Mani’s film as well. The choices are about working with these film-makers and on those subjects, because I find them exciting. I’m not giving in to the pressure and expectation of questions about what my comeback film will be.
What are you doing with Mani?
Abhishek (actor-husband) and I both feel that apart from being an exemplary film-maker, it’s just a pleasure to work with him. There’s something he is always exploring creatively, and it makes the entire team want to push themselves. Working with him is exciting and inspiring, and we are like family.