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Ash gives her nod to Will Smith

She is trying to resolve date issues to accommodate the Hollywood actor as well as director Ashutosh Gowarikar.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 13:10 IST

Aishwarya Rai is very keen on working with Will Smith and says efforts are on to resolve date issues to accommodate the Hollywood actor as well as director Ashutosh Gowarikar.

"I really do want to do the film with Will. When we met we really hit it off. And the subject that he has in mind does sound very interesting for me as an actor and as someone who wants to be part of films that create a global impact," disclosed Aishwarya.

"Unfortunately, Will wants to make the film during the time when I'll be shooting for Ashutosh Gowarikar's Jodhaa-Akbar. But I am keen to do Will's film."

Smith offered her a role in his next film while he was in India in February.

Isn't she stretching her schedules a little too far and isn't the effort taking its toll on her? Aishwarya seems to have lost a lot of weight.

"Not at all! I don't know why people keep saying that. In fact, I haven't lost weight at all since I was trained for Dhoom 2. After that I have had no time to do anything to look after myself."

After shooting in Rio de Janeiro for Dhoom 2 and dancing like a dream at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Aishwarya is back in India. But it has definitely left her exhausted and almost speechless.

"I could barely speak. The doctors diagnosed it as laryngitis. Though my voice took some time to get normal, I had only a few days off before I proceeded to Lucknow for Umrao Jaan. So, no time to recover as such," she said.

Has laryngitis become fashionable after Karan Johar got it?

Aishwarya laughed and said: "I was joking about it with him. But I must say I was left speechless by the kind of warmth I was given at Melbourne. It was way beyond my expectations.

"Over there Bride & Prejudice is still being talked about. It feels good when one's efforts are rewarded."

Right before Melbourne, Aishwarya was shooting with Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan in Rio de Janeiro for Dhoom 2.

"We had ourselves a ball. It was great fun to be in a unit where work was being done with as little stress as possible."

Incidentally, Priyanka Chopra has the same trainer - Deepika Mehta - for Don that Aishwarya had for Dhoom 2.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 11:53 IST