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Aishwarya Rai On Why She Turned Down Karan Johar’s Dostana


Aishwarya Rai is perhaps in one of the best phases of her life both professionally and personally. Her marriage into the Bachchan family has bought in a lot of happiness in her life. Also professionally her movies are doing great. what with her last three movies, Guru, Dhoom 2 and Jodha Akbar declared as super hits.

But post marriage with Abhishek Bachchan , Aishwarya has been pretty choosy about the roles she accepts. She reportedly turned down Karan Johar’s offer to be in his next flick titled Dostana, as she thought it was too bold for her to do post marriage.

Here’s an exclusive interview with Aishwarya Rai about why she rejected a great role opposite hubby Abhishek and John Abraham in Karan Johar’s Dostana. Aishwarya also talks about her upcoming projects like director Mani Shankar’s Robot.

First things first. Did you turn down Karan Johar’s Dostana?
Yes. I opted out of Dostana because the inter-personal relationships among the three of us made me uncomfortable. Now that Abhishek and I are married the kind of quirky situations shown in Dostana, albeit in a comic vein, wouldn’t have worked.

But Dhoom and Jodhaa-Akbar worked although you were paired with Hrithik and not Abhishek?
But Dhoom happened before the marriage and there was no triangle in Jodhaa-Akbar. Now the audience can’t see me sharing my affections for Abhishek with another guy. I can’t tell you why it wouldn’t have worked for me and Abhishek as a pair without giving away the plot. Karan Johar wasn’t bothered with all these personal considerations. But I felt otherwise. I thought the audience would wonder, ‘She likes John and Abhishek equally? No way!’

Now you’ll be romancing Rajnikanth in Shankar’s Robot?
It’s a total Rajni/Shankar styled entertainer. There’s no logic to why I agreed to do it beyond the urge to work with Rajnikanth. Shankar and Rajni Sir have approached me for so many films, it’s embarrassing. Ever since Jeans (Shankar directed the film), Shankar’s approached me for all his films except Boys. Rajni Sir approached me for his last five films. My refusal to do his films was never misconstrued by him. I admire him for never taking offence to my refusal. It speaks volumes about his seniority.

Aishwarya Too Hot

Dostana Too Hot For Aishwarya To Handle

Is that why you said yes to Robot?
For Robot, it was an immediate Yes from me. I just wanted to work with Rajni Sir and Shankar. Jeans was a super-success. I came away learning so much from Shankar and the film. Robot will also be a learning experience.

Is it a sci-fi film?
It’s hard to define. But technically, it will take cinema to another level. I can only say I’ll come away enriched. It’s very important for me to come away with something from my films since I give so much. I want to work with Rajni Sir, yaar. He’s phenomenal. Everyone speaks of this experience.

You have a seasoned phenomenon in your own house.
Yeah, but I share a different equation with the one in my house.

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