Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was last seen on the big screen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial Guzaarish (2010), is all set for her comeback on the silver screen with Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa. It will be after a gap of five years that Aishwarya will be seen onscreen, alongside Irrfan Khan in the movie. However, the actor said that taking time off from work does not affect the actor’s craft.
"Today I'm saying it with experience...once an artiste, always an artiste. People take a vacation, people take breaks... we are actors, who make one film in two years, and we are asked 'You are doing a film after so long, how do you feel'...there are actors who do a film once in two years...so this also happens,” Aishwarya said.
The Devdas star feels that during her absence from the arclights, she remained connected with the media and audience through brand endorsements and social work. “I never thought that I have gone away from the limelight. I became a mother and during that period, through brand endorsements and social work, I was getting a chance to talk to the media and audience,” she added.
Aishwarya, who plays a lawyer threatened to fight the case of a criminal, said she has always chosen her movies based on the script, instead of being “calculative” about it. “My attitude as an actor is to respond to a script of a film. I don’t carry anything more than that...I have never been calculative as an actor. I have always responded to the scripts and opportunity to work with an incredible team,” Aishwarya, who was in the national capital to promote Jazbaa, said at a press conference. She also said that Jazbaa is a film with an intense subject, I am happy being a part of it today. I would’ve accepted this movie after five years too. I said yes to the subject.”
Regarded widely as the epitome of beauty and glamour, Aishwarya says she wanted to be known more for her performance than looks. “When I chose to start my career with Iruvar, I genuinely believed I was liberating myself as an actor. I came to the industry after Miss World, modelling... There was obvious perception that ‘Aishwarya Rai means glamour’. So when I chose to work with Mani Ratnam in a south Indian film like Iruvar, which had Mohanlal, Revathi, Tabu, I wanted to be free as an artist. I didn’t want to be in the mould of perception... I wanted to be free from this perception,” she said.
In the Sanjay Gupta-directed film, which releases this Friday, Aishwarya plays a doting mother of a girl child. The mother of one took insights from her real life to portray the character of Anuradha Verma. “There was no apprehension of playing a mother. I would have chosen this film five years ago too but the difference is today I am a mother. So, I am playing Anuradha Verma in a given situation, I do know what a mother is experiencing. I have brought the truth towards acting through this film,” Aishwarya, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan and has a daughter named Aaradhya, said.
Asked whether it was a challenge to strike a balance between motherhood and professional commitments, Aishwarya said, “Every working woman, every mother has her own challenge to multitask. It brings a certain joy which is difficult to put to words but if you think I am looking content, it means I have found my balance. I am a very committed mother, and professional. So only when I knew that I can balance both, I took up Jazbaa.”
Jazbaa which is a Hindi remake of South Korean movie "Seven Days", is produced by Essel Vision, White Feather Films and Viking Entertainment.
(With IANS & PTI inputs)