Sexy? No thanks

Updated on Aug 20, 2007 06:45 PM IST

Aishwarya Rai recently opted out of Karan Johar's next film to be directed by Tarun Mansukhani. So, does marriage mean no-no to alluring roles? Princy Jain finds out.

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None | ByPrincy Jain, New Delhi

Aishwarya Rai just might never be seen in a glamdoll role again. Reason: her marital status.

The Bachchan bahu recently opted out of Karan Johar's new production which is to be directed by his assistant Tarun Mansukhani. Ash was required to play a sexy young woman, wooed by Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham.

Shoes to fill
While Johar was unavailable for comment, a source from the production house, says, "Karan has accepted Ash's decision. It's a playful character, the girl is sup posed to be eyecandy. Ash had reservations about it." And who should step into her shoes but the glamorous Priyanka Chopra.

Rules and men
Why can't married actresses do Catherine a Zeta-Jones on screen? Why narrow their own options?

Says director David Dhawan, "Our heroines become quite reserved about their choice of roles after marriage. The men don't have to follow any such rules."

Madhuri Dixit Nene is all set to make a comeback in Aaja Nachle. Says Rikku Rakeshnath, her business manager, "Madhuri has always done family films. Now, she has matured and wants to do roles that suit her personality."

Still dreaming
Exceptions? Thankfully there are some. Kunal Kohli, who directed Kajol in her comeback film Fanaa says, "There was a love-making scene and a rape sequence in Fanaa but Kajol had no problems."

Agrees Pooja Bhatt, "More than being married, what matters is whom you're married to. Thanks to my hubby, marriage has encouraged my desires and my dreams."

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