Her Diwali release, Action Replayy, may not have left viewers impressed, but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is unaffected. "Thanks to Vipul (producer-director Vipul Shah) I thoroughly enjoyed playing Mala. She’s in-your-face, chirpy and vibrant. I’ve never played such a character before. I was so kicked about reliving an era in which my parents-in-law started working together. I’m really satisfied with the outcome," she says.
To portray authentically the 1970s, the period in which the movie is set, Akshay Kumar admitted that he had modelled his looks on a character played by late actor Sunil Dutt. Did Ash, too, inject into her character certain traits based on a female actor in the 1970s? "No, I didn’t do that because Mala is unique. She is a girl of the 1970s but clearly unlike any actor of the time," says Bachchan, admitting she enjoyed her recent small screen debut with a performance on Zee TV’s Dhinchak Diwali to promote her latest film.
Quite presumably, her favourite ‘70s icons are her parents-in-law Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. "They are two of Bollywood’s biggest stars for me. I live with them. They’re a really warm and accommodating couple. They dote on me and I respect them as much as my parents," she says adding she feels their chemistry looked stunning in Abhimaan. "It’s one of their finest performances. They look great together, always. I’ve so much to learn from their 37 years of marriage. It takes a lot from both the partners to ensure that the marriage survives the tests of time."
Not too personal
The actor is extremely happy for her husband, Abhishek, who beat her in the rapid fire round on season 3 of Koffee With Karan. "The hamper has anyway come home. So, it’s fine if he’s won," she says smiling.
Given the format of the show, was she uncomfortable at any point answering personal questions? "Nope," says Bachchan. "Karan is family. Speaking with him was like catching up at home. It was fun. And no question of his was overly personal or difficult for me to answer. We haven’t worked together, but we still share a great rapport."