Aishwarya Rai, who was in town to launch the watch, Longines BelleArti, speaks about the five most important things in her life right now.
On her global image: “I am privileged to be a part of the global film fraternity. Whether The Oprah Winfrey Show or film festivals like Cannes and Golden Globe, India is the flavour abroad. There is a lot of bickering on my international projects, but for me it just makes for a very interesting reading.”
On Umrao Jaan: “JP Dutta was one of the first few directors to have approached me to work with him immediately after the Miss India contest. After canning the first shot of Umrao Jaan, JP Saab said, ‘Had you given your consent earlier, we wouldn’t have had to wait for so long.’ I am anxiously waiting for the viewer’s response.”
On Dhoom 2: “Sunhari (my character in Dhoom 2) is a lot of fun but not flippant. With bronzed looks and a toned body, she is very western and hip. So far I have sported a very Indian look in my films but this is going to be different and truly western.”
On Abhishek Bachchan: “He is a brat but a very dear friend and a great co-star. This year we have done three different films together — Umrao Jaan, Dhoom 2 and Guru.”
Miss World to Bollywood: “Contrary to popular belief, the Miss World pageant was not my ticket to filmdom. It just helped me to chart the course of my career.”