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Ash says she may write her story

AISHWARYA RAI is provoked. After causing a stir at the Cannes Film Festival with her walks on the Croisette and the portrayal of a battered Sikh woman in Provoked, Rai said she might lift the lid off her own alleged victimisation.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 01:36 IST
VIJAY Dutt

AISHWARYA RAI is provoked. After causing a stir at the Cannes Film Festival with her walks on the Croisette and the portrayal of a battered Sikh woman in Provoked, Rai said she might lift the lid off her own alleged victimisation.

When asked by journalists if she had suffered domestic violence, Rai said, "Yes and it's something I may well write about one day." While the hardback may take a while, if at all, it was enough to grab the headlines and perhaps reason enough for her boyfriends to rewind and retrospect. For those who have forgotten Vivek Oberoi's news conference and allegations of bruises, Rai reportedly had a difficult relationship with actor Salman Khan. While there is a difference between incidents at Bollywood Boulevard and in the London house of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, whom Rai portrayed in Provoked, the actor, it seems, immediately identified with her. "There are not many similarities in their experiences but when Rai met Kiranjit, she could instantly empathise with her," said director Jagmohan Mundra.

Mundra said Rai and Ahluwalia had sat alongside for the film's premiere. In a deglamourised role in Provoked, Rai showcases the trauma of Ahluwalia who was abused by her husband. While the Southall Black Sisters, a woman's rights' group that had campaigned for Ahluwalia, had slammed the movie for the inaccuracies in portraying a real-life story, Mundra says Ahluwalia was all praise for Rai.