Blend of elegance and attitude
Elegance is an attitude, says the tagline of Longines BelleArti watches collection, and who better than Aishwarya Rai to launch this collection. “I really do not need to work out as much now,” she said in response to a question on her fitness mantra.
“My hectic schedule keeps me on my toes,” she added with her trademark giggle. She also refuted rumours of any plans to shift permanently to Hollywood. “I always stick to a planned schedule,” she said.
“I had three Hollywood projects at hand and some from Bollywood. Since getting suitable dates are a major problem in Hollywood, I decided to complete all my overseas projects at one go. So, I have wrapped up all my international projects last year and this year, I am focussing only on the projects in Bollywood,” she explained.
Besides Umrao Jaan and Dhoom 2, Rai will also be star in Akbar-Jodha and Sarkar 2. There was little scope for the former Miss World to escape questions about her alleged relationship with Abhishek Bachchan, but she handled the question with tact.
In her reply to a question about any pranks played by Bachchan Junior (who is a famed prankster on the sets), Aishwarya replied, “I don’t know if he is a prankster, but he sure is a brat.” Aishwarya was also in the news recently for performing all the stunts in Dhoom 2 herself. “It was awesome,” she says giggling again.
“My favourite stunt was the one shown in the promo where I jump off the cliff. I wish I could have indulged in some more, they were fun.” Bollywood has almost always been the domain of men. Male actors continue to get bigger paychecks than their female counterparts.
“Everyone has his own perspective on that,” Rai said. “All I can say is that I am thankful to this industry. They have been open-minded about the way I chose to chart my course. Whether it was my professional choice or where I pushed the envelope, they have been supportive.
The word ‘no’ has incredible power and I am glad the industry has taken that from me.” “It takes great courage to say ‘no’ to someone but it takes greater conviction to stand by one’s own decision,” she said.