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Ash to be Will Smith's leading lady

Actress Aishwarya Rai, who hit it off with the Hollywood actor on his India trip, will soon be his co-star as well.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 12:21 IST

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, who hit it off with Hollywood's Will Smith on his India trip, will soon be his co-star as well.

On a weeklong visit to India in February, Smith met many Bollywood biggies, including Aishwarya, and hit it off famously with the beauty.

At the end of an hour-long meeting between them, Smith's business manager James Lassiter offered Aishwarya a lead role opposite him in a film to be produced later this year.

Aishwarya, who was originally scheduled to be Smith's co-star in last year's comedy Hitch before the deal fell through, will finally be his heroine!

An eyewitness to the Smith-Aishwarya meeting gave the inside details: "To say they hit it off instantly is an understatement. It was clear from the start of their meeting that Ash and Will were going to be buddies.

"The sound of their combined laughter could be heard all the way to the ground floor. After a point it stopped looking like two internationally known actors and colleagues were meeting up.

"Ash and Will were like two buddies cracking up at their jokes.

"When Will's business manager offered Ash a role she was all for it, more so when she heard the storyline. Ash really likes the sound of the project," the eyewitness said.

Aishwarya also gifted a beautiful sari to Smith's wife Jada Pinkett, who couldn't accompany him to India because she was playing with her music band in the US.

"It was a lovely gesture and Will seemed so touched," said the eyewitness.

The project with Smith will be Aishwarya's next international project after Jagmohan Mundra's ready-for-release Provoked and Doug Lefler's The Lost Legion.