Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Will surely turn to direction in few years
Having faced the camera for two decades, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on how turning filmmaker is the next logical step
The past two decades have seen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan light up the big screen with her presence. In what can well be viewed as a natural progression of her craft, the actor - whose Fanney Khan opens across screens today - says she is keen to explore her place behind the camera.
"Direction does interest me. In a few years from now, I will surely turn director, " says Rai, whose filmography is proof that she often knows a great script when she sees one. The actor says her understanding of the craft hasn't gone unnoticed by her peers. "All my directors and co-stars have teased me about it. Even AB [Abhishek Bachchan] tells me that I should explore it."
It's not surprising when she promises that she will be a hands-on director - after all, she has learnt the art vicariously through her collaborations with some of the finest filmmakers of this generation, including Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
"When I do direct, I will throw myself whole-heartedly in it. It will never be a fly-by-night commitment for me, as my work consumes me completely. Even though I had only four scenes in Fanney Khan, I would have endless talks with Atul Manjrekar [director] to understand them fully." However, she adds that filmmaking will have to wait for a few years as she is not completely done with her first love - acting. "Interesting scripts are still coming my way. I'm excited about the possibility of working on them."
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