Tell Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that it’s lovely to see her walk into the hotel lobby with her daughter Aaradhya and her mother, and she has a beautiful revelation to make. The actor, who we think must be the only star at the Cannes Film Festival with mom and child (and it’s lovely to see three generations of Rai women together), says, "I have brought Aaradhya here with me every year. It’s important, so that after the whole day of work, you get to snuggle at night. In the past three-and-a-half years, I haven’t left her alone even for a single night."
Apart from walking the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is also screening footage from her upcoming film,
. The first look of the movie that was unveiled on Tuesday, hints that the movie does not emphasise on her beauty or glamour, but that focusses on a woman who is desperate. Aishwarya says the reason she agreed for Sanjya Gupta's directorial venture was the subject: "Yes, that’s a reason I was very, very happy to choose this film — for its subject."
Aishwarya in the first poster of Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa, unveiled at Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, May 19 (2015).
The 41-year-old actor is also aware that the film will be labelled her ‘comeback’. "I am not blind to not see the expectations or all the announcements about the ‘comeback’. Six months down the road, that’s exactly the way the film is going to be spoken about. My attitude is that I am not focusing on the term. That does not mean I am compelling the rest of you to turn your back to it — and you won’t. It’s still going to be announced, spoken about, remembered with all these adages attached. So I am not stupid about it," she says.
That, however, has never affected her choices, which she says have been a reflection of who she is. "When I chose to do Iruvar (her 1997 film debut with director Mani Ratnam), it was not the conventional launchpad to announce, ‘I can sing, I can dance, I can look glamorous’. I chose to do Iruvar to say, ‘Look, I am happy to work with a filmmaker I respect. I am working on a film which is not all about me’. I was kind of breaking away from convention in my choice."
Watch: Aishwarya Rai in Iruvar
"That has always been true with a lot of my choices down my career. If there was a Devdas (2002), instead of doing the next big thing, I did Chokher Bali (2003) followed by Raincoat (2004). If it was English cinema, I chose Bride and Prejudice (2004). If it’s movies after marriage, I still did a Sarkar Raj (2008) and then Robot (2010). You got to mix it all up and I am kind of trying to speak my own little story to my viewer and my audience. Just go out there and enjoy your craft and do what you love to do," she adds.
Watch: Aishwarya and Abhishek in Sarkar Raj