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Ash's heart is elsewhere

It's not work, it's not Abhishek. What tops Aishwarya's priority list? Read on...

india Updated: May 25, 2006 11:14 IST

Is there a more family-oriented actor in Bollywood? Search, but you may probably not find anyone who gives her family so much attention as Aishwarya Rai does.

After Cannes, she could have gone straight to Chennai to join director Mani Ratnam's unit of Guru. But she preferred to spend 24 hours with her family.

Tuesday was double-celebration time in the Rai household. It was not only the birthday of Aishwarya's mother but also her brother's marriage anniversary. It was an occasion that the actress couldn't afford to miss.

I always prioritise my family above everyone else,  says Ash.

"Whatever little time I get from my work between schedules, I'd like to spend with my family," Aishwarya said.

And after spending a day in Chennai, Aishwarya rushed back to Mumbai for the very special occasion.

"I always prioritise my family above everything and everyone else. When all seems lost it is the family that stands by you," she said.

Incidentally, Rani Mukerji is another family-oriented Bollywood diva.

She gave up the pleasure of representing her film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna at the 59th Cannes Film Festival with director Karan Johar for the joy of staying home with her newly-born nephew.