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Aishwarya gets rousing reception at Berlin Film Fest

entertainment Updated: Feb 14, 2009 13:16 IST
Aishwarya gets rousing reception at Berlin Film Fest

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan received a rousing reception by fans and the global media at the ongoing 49th Berlin International Film Festival


in Berlin, where her latest Hollywood flick

Pink Panther 2

was screened.

Clad in a thin topless long pink dress, the Indian beauty was lustily cheered by hundreds of film enthusiasts last night when she arrived at the Berlinale Palast, the main festival venue, for opening screening of the film, in which she plays a supporting role and walked along the red carpet.

The actress showed no signs of discomfort in the sub-zero temperature in Berlin and spent about 15 minutes signing autographs, posing for photographs and giving interviews to various TV networks covering the festival.

She was joined by Hollywood's star comedian Steve Martin and French superstar Jean Reno, who play the leading role in the film, as well as its director Harald Swat for the glamorous prelude to the film screening.

Answering questions from international media, the Indian beauty said in spite of her smaller role, she was quite delighted to be a part of the sequel to the 2006 worldwide hit and felt quite honoured to work with celebrities like Steve Martin, Jean Reno, John Cleese, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina and Emily Mortimer.

Aishwarya Rai, who plays the role of Sonia, one of the experts in the investigating team, said she took up the role as she liked the script.

"I very much liked the role offered to me and therefore accepted it. It was easy to play the role of Sonia which was quite fascinating and I very much enjoyed it," the actress said.

"I also enjoyed working with the film's director and the rest of the cast," she added.

Director Harald Swat said he was quite pleased to get Aishwarya Rai for the film and expressed his appreciation for her role. Jean Reno said he felt quite honoured to work with the actress.

In Pink Panther 2, the legendary detective returns to the big screen to recover some of the legendary treasures from around the world, including the priceless Pink Panther diamond, which were stolen by an infamous thief.

Steve Martin said the film is a tribute to the original Pink Panther story. "Peter Sellers was a great comedian. To me Inspector Clouseau is the comedian's Hamlet. It is one of the most difficult roles to play and I am very honoured."