Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s last film was Fanney Khan. The actress is choosing her roles with a lot of care as she has to manage the work life balance.
There is no confirmation yet, but we hear that Aishwarya is going to play an out and out negative character in Mani Ratnam’s next project Ponniyin Selvan, in Tamil.
A source reveals,
“It isn’t even grey. It’s an out-and-out black character. Aishwarya was not inclined to do a negative part at this stage of her career at all. She believes, and perhaps rightly so, that as an iconic actress she has an example to set to her fans. In a country besieged with crimes she doesn’t want to glorify negativity by playing a negative character.”
The source says,
“Aishwarya flew down to Chennai to meet her second-favourite director (after Sanjay Leela Bhansali). He sat her down, narrated the whole script and explained why as an actor she must do this. To her misgivings about what her daughter Aaradhya would think of her Mama playing a ‘bad woman’ Mani assured Aishwarya that Aaradhya would be proud of her mother when she was old enough to understand what acting is all about.”
“There are two filmmakers I can never say no to Sanjay (Bhansali) and Mani Sir. I started my career with Mani’s Iruvar where I had to play a complex character of a politician and speak in Tamil. I knew nothing about either (politics or the Tamil language). But he had faith in me. That’s what gave me the courage to go for it.”
If this is true it’s going to be exciting to see Aishwarya in a negative role. And Maniratnam teaming up with her makes the film even more special.
The two have already done films like Guru, Raavan and Iruvur together.