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Ash on a roll

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan remains unperturbed by detractors.

entertainment Updated: Jun 15, 2010 01:22 IST
Sonal Kalra
Sonal Kalra
Hindustan Times

Aishwarya rai bachchan and Abhishek BachchanThere aren’t many stars that give you a guilty feeling as you interview them. But, when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan articulately tackles even the most inane of questions with thought-provoking intelligence, one does feel bad for the precious newsprint wasted on debating just her red carpet attire or hairdo. The actress spoke to HT City, while in the Capital to promote her upcoming film, Raavan.

"Life right now is ‘super hectic’, in fact ‘super hectic to the power of ten," she sighs. "It’s been a crazy roller coaster ride." Would going for the soccer World Cup provide a needed break? "Abhishek and I are both soccer fans and root for Brazil. But as for going for the World Cup is concerned, I don’t think we would be able to make it. Things are just too busy."

The Bachchans came under flack for their absence from the IIFA awards in Colombo. Even actor Salman Khan criticised Big B’s no-show, despite being IIFA’s brand ambassador. Ash explains, “Press made this into a big issue, without getting into the facts. My international commitments are chalked out in the start of the year itself and Wizcraft (the organisers of IIFA) know that very well. I had committed to attending the French Open in Paris. Abhishek was shooting for Game in Istanbul. In any case, Abhishek said it’s Pa (Amitabh Bachchan) who’s the brand ambassador of IIFA, not us. We need not go for it every year. And despite wanting to, we couldn’t have made time for it. Still if people say bad things, what to do? Tongue is the only boneless entity in the body, so those who want to talk unnecessarily, would continue to do so.”

On working with director Mani Ratnam on Raavan, Ash says, “Mani is one filmmaker who forces you to think from a fresh perspective. He has played a key role in the film careers of both Abhishek and me. I debuted in Iruvar with him, and Yuva turned out to be a turning point in Abhishek’s career.”

The couple celebrated their third marriage anniversary in April, but Ash says they didn’t gift each other anything. “At the risk of sounding corny, I’d say our only gift is to give ourselves to each other. Abhishek and I have a ‘no gift policy’ in our marriage.

At this point, her phone rings and she goes “yeah baby. Are you alright?” It’s Abhishek, calling to say ‘hi’ while he leads an entourage of motorcyclists on his Raavan trail. She winks and says, “husband-time”, and we sign off.

First Published: Jun 14, 2010 17:36 IST