‘IT WAS ASH’S CALL TO GO DE-GLAM’

Says di­rec­tor San­jay Gupta, and shares that the ac­tor was even vis­ited by her four-year-old daugh­ter

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Film­maker San­jay Gupta (be­low), whose up­com­ing film also marks the come­back of ac­tor Aish­warya Rai Bachchan (right), says that it was the lat­ter who de­cided her look in the film. The ac­tor has gone de-glam in the film and Gupta adds that she wanted her char­ac­ter to look as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble.

“Aish­warya’s de-galm look was en­tirely her cre­ation. I just gave her the brief. In fact, the char­ac­ter that she plays couldn’t have been glam­orous any­way. She had to have a sim­ple look,” he says, adding, “Aish­warya has com­pletely thrown her­self into her char­ac­ter and done her best.”

Talk­ing about the ac­tor’s ded­i­ca­tion, Gupta fur­ther said that the 41-year-old worked even when she was not well re­cently. “There were times when I felt a lit­tle bad too. I never wanted to make her work when she was not well. But she in­sisted that we con­tinue. Also, some­times we were shoot­ing on lo­ca­tions, another time a set was put up, so we could not de­lay the shoot,” he adds.

Aish­warya was vis­ited by her four-year-old daugh­ter Aarad­hya when she was shoot­ing as well. “It hap­pens all the time that ac­tors have peo­ple from their fam­i­lies visit them. Aarad­hya would also come some­times, not to the sets, but would stay in Aish­warya’s van­ity van,” he says.

While the film has cre­ated a lot of buzz, as the au­di­ence will see Aish­warya on screen af­ter five years, Gupta is not ner­vous. “I don’t think I am un­der any kind of pres­sure. In fact, it is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity. Aish­warya has trusted me with the film,” says the film­maker.

Aish­warya’s de-galm look was en­tirely her cre­ation. I just gave her the brief

San­jay Gupta, film­maker

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