‘DON’T CALL IT A COME­BACK!’

Says Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, as she gears up for the re­lease of a film af­ter five years

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Ac­tor Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, who is re­turn­ing to the sil­ver screen af­ter a gap of five years, says that there’s no “come­back” as she never felt that she went away from the in­dus­try. “We have heard se­niors say­ing, ‘once an artist al­ways an artist’, and I have wit­nessed that. I did not delve into this ab­sence fac­tor. That’s why I haven’t re­ally fo­cused on the term ‘come­back’. It re­ally doesn’t mat­ter if there’s been a gap or not. Ac­tors get sat­is­fac­tion from the work they do,” said the 41-year-old, who was to star in di­rec­tor Mad­hur Bhan­darkar’s Hero­ine (2012), but backed out due to her preg­nancy. The role was then es­sayed by Ka­reena Kapoor Khan.

When asked what made her open to tak­ing up films again, the ac­tor ex­plained: “I felt the time was right to ven­ture out (now), but I am still fig­ur­ing things out. In a mother’s life, ev­ery day is a first — whether the baby is one or five-year­sold. Ev­ery day is a new day, and you keep on dis­cov­er­ing new things. This takes time. As my daugh­ter (Aarad­hya, 3) grew up and be­came a bit more in­de­pen­dent, I felt I could go ahead and do my own thing, which I have done.”

While speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, Aish­warya added, “It is an ex­cit­ing time in cin­ema for the au­di­ence as well ac­tors, as dif­fer­ent kind of films are be­ing made to­day. We hope for ev­ery film to ap­peal to the au­di­ence be­cause it is made for them. There is a large va­ri­ety of sub­jects that are ap­pre­ci­ated and en­joyed by peo­ple now.” When asked about how ac­tors feel be­ing in to­day’s times, she said: “It is an ex­cit­ing time in cin­ema. We cre­ative peo­ple are very grate­ful for it! We, too, get to en­joy a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters that we por­tray.”

The ac­tor’s hus­band Ab­hishek Bachchan and fa­ther-in-law Amitabh Bachchan are quite ac­tive on so­cial media, but she’s not on any such plat­form. When asked if she missed out on stay­ing con­nected with her fans, she said, “I’ve not been on so­cial media. When­ever I am online, it’s through his (Ab­hishek’s) ac­count. And it is just to thank ev­ery­one for the good wishes and love. So in that sense, yes, I’m con­nected to them, and grate­ful for it all.”

I felt the time was right to ven­ture out, but I am still fig­ur­ing things out. I felt I could go ahead and do my own thing now, which I have done

-Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, ac­tor

PHOTO: SHASHANK PA­RADE/PTI

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