Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Mani Ratnam is a brilliant filmmaker

Updated: Oct 15, 2019, 08:36 IST | Agencies |

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has previously worked with Mani Ratnam in films like Iruvar, Guru and Raavan, said she doesn't have to think much before saying yes to the filmmaker

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be soon teaming up with frequent collaborator, filmmaker Mani Ratnam, and the actor says it's always a joy to work with the director. Aishwarya and Ratnam have teamed up for a film which will reportedly feature the actor in a double role. Aishwarya, who has previously worked with Ratnam in films like "Iruvar", "Guru" and "Raavan", said she doesn't have to think much before saying yes to the filmmaker.

"It is definitely an experience I'm looking forward to for multiple reasons. Mani is my guru and he is one of the most amazing and brilliant directors of our country. "I've had the honour, privilege and joy of working with him right at the beginning of my career and several times later. It's an easy yes to work with that kind of cinematic brilliance," the actor told reporters here.

She was speaking at a special event of Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil". The actor has given her voice for Angelina Jolie's character, Maleficent, in the Hindi dubbed version of the film. Aishwarya said for the first time she was dubbing for a character she hadn't played on screen and it was a learning experience. "When you're the actor, you work with the director on sets and know where and how you want to play a character. When you go to do dubbing, you decide the way you want to essay a particular scene because you had enacted it.

"But this time I was going to do a voice-over for a role enacted by another actor and then we were changing the language... It was a collaborative effort on arriving at how to say those lines." The 45-year-old actor said Jolie has played the title character in a slightly theatrical manner. "There is a theatrical manner in which she says her lines, because of her physicality, the way she's created the character, that makes her speak in a certain way. The first day, we did it like a match, almost the way she had done it and then we revisited some scenes to tweak and change it.

"So the entire exercise was very interesting and new... It's a classic story and has classic emotions which are addressed in the drama of it. So the lines can be written that way and you can play it out in the typical way Indians emote and yet you've to find the balance between the way you say lines the way Maleficent would in a scenario. It was creatively enriching," she added. The film is scheduled to release on October 18.

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    2002: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's tryst with the Cannes Film Festival began with 'Devdas' in 2002. The actress says she still cherishes her first outing at the gala, adding that no one 'in the world can take away that' from her. (All pictures courtesy: AFP)

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    Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan pose for photographers during the photocall for their film 'Devdas' during the 55th Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2002.

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    Aishwarya Rai at the Palais des Festivals for the screening of her film 'Devdas' during the 55th Cannes film festival on May 23, 2002.

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    Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali greet the photographers the desi way with a 'Namaste' at the Palais des Festivals for the screening of their film 'Devdas' during the 55th Cannes film festival on May 23, 2002.

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    2003: Aishwarya Rai became a jury member at the film gala in 2003. The actress attended the Palais des Festivals for the screening of French director Gerard Krawczyk's 'Fanfan la Tulipe' starring Penelope Cruz and Vincent Perez at the 56th Cannes film festival on May 14, 2003

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    Aishwarya Rai at the Palais des Festivals for the screening of 'Les Egares' by French director Andre Techine during the 56th Cannes film festival on May 16, 2003

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    Jury member Aishwarya Rai at the Palais des festivals with her mother Brindya Rai for the screening of 'Dogville' by Danish director Lars Von Trier during the 56th Cannes film festival on May 19, 2003

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    Aishwarya Rai poses for photographers at the amFar (American Foundation for Aids Research) benefit party at Cannes on May 22, 2003

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    2004: (From left) Gong Li, Aishwarya Rai and Laetitia Casta at the opening ceremony of the 57th Cannes International Film Festival on May 12, 2004, in the French Riveria town of Cannes

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    2005: Aishwarya Rai with French actress Laetitia Casta at the opening ceremony and the official projection of 'Lemming' by French director Dominik Moll at the 58th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2005

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    2006: Aishwarya Rai poses at the opening ceremony of the 59th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2006

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    2007: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked down the red carpet with her husband Abhishek Bachchan at the Festival Palace for the opening ceremony of the 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2007

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    2008: Aishwarya Rai poses at the opening ceremony and screening of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' film 'Blindness' at the 61st edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2008

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with husband Abhishek Bachchan, father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and mother-in-law Jaya Bachchan at the screening of US director Woody Allen's film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 17, 2008

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    2009: Aishwarya Rai at the opening ceremony and the screening of 3D animated movie 'Up' during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2009

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    Aishwarya Rai with husband Abhishek Bachchan at the screening of the movie 'Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan' ('Spring Fever') at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2009

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    2010: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Eva Longoria at the screening of the film 'Tournee' ('On Tour') presented at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2010

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with husband Abhishek Bachchan at the screening of 'Outrage' at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2010

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    2011: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the red carpet of the screening of 'Midnight in Paris' presented at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2011

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses on the red carpet before the screening of 'Sleeping Beauty' presented at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2011

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    2012: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at amfAR's Cinema Against Aids event on May 24, 2012

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening of 'Cosmopolis' presented at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 25, 2012

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    2013: Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening of the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' presented at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2013

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening of the film 'Behind the Candelabra' presented at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2013

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    2014: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening of the film 'Deux Jours, Une Nuit' ('Two Days, One Night') at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014

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    2015: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening of the film 'Carol' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2015

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening of the film 'Youth' at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015

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    2016: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's first red carpet appearance in 2016 was in an embellished cape couture gown by Kuwaiti designer Ali Younes for the screening of the film 'Ma Loute (Slack Bay)' at Cannes film festival 2016. Pic/AFP

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    On her second day, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked ethereal in an Elie Saab creation for the screening of the film 'The BFG' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Pic/AFP

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made a bold fashion statement with a pop lilac lip colour, paired with an embellished light pink dress at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France. Pic/AFP

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    2017: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked like a 'Cinderella' at the screening of the film 'Okja' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France

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    After donning a 'princess' look for her first red carpet appearance at Cannes 2017, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opted for a fiery red dress by Ralph and Russo for her second outing at the 70th edition of Cannes film festival

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    2018: After leaving us all bedazzled with her looks and charm for so many years, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked at the red carpet with all grace in a sequin aqua green gown at the Cannes Film Festival 2018. And oh boy, she looked ethereal in the off-shoulder gown she opted as her look on the second day. 

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked no less than a mermaid when she walked down the red carpet with her purple gown at the Cannes Film Festival, 2018. The actress was accompanied by her daughter, and it was during Cannes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made her Instagram debut, and took the social media by the storm with her pretty images from the red carpet with her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan.

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan owned the Cannes 2019 red carpet as she shimmers in a metallic hued dual-toned fish-cut ensemble. Aish's green gold gown has been designed by Jean-Louis Sabaji. We totally loved the long train, which Aish carried off with much elagance. The gown came with a sweetheart neckline and a small slit. Talking about Aishwarya's hairdo, the former Miss World kept it simple with straight locks with a side-part.

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    2019: After enthralling her fans with her golden mermaid look at the red carpet of the 72nd edition of Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on her Day 2 at Cannes 2019 sashayed down the red carpet in a white Tulle Gown. The actress looked mesmerizing in the ensemble by Ashi Studio. Aishwarya pretty white gown was paired with flushed pink lips, dewy make-up and her hair were styled in a soft loose bun that complemented her overall look.

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