‘DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK!’
Says Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, as she gears up for the release of a film after five years
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