Can't share love with another guy: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

By Subhash K Jha

Of late Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been turning down movies for more than just the time factor.

For the first Aishwarya reveals why she said no to Karan Johar's romantic comedy Dostana with her husband Abhishek and John Abraham and why she agreed to a film with Ranjikanth.

Here's Aishwarya Rai at her candid best.

First things first. Did you turn down Karan Johar's Dostana?
Yes. I opted out of Dostana because the inter-personal relationships among the three of us made me uncomfortable.

Now that Abhishek and I are married the kind of quirky situations shown in Dostana, albeit in a comic vein, wouldn't have worked.

But Dhoom and Jodhaa-Akbar worked although you were paired with Hrithik and not Abhishek ?
But Dhoom was before marriage and there was no triangle in Jodhaa-Akbar. Now the audience can't see me sharing my affections for Abhishek with another guy.

I can't tell you why it wouldn't have worked for me and Abhishek as a pair without giving away the plot. Karan Johar wasn't bothered with all these personal considerations. But I felt otherwise.

I thought the audience would wonder, 'She likes John and Abhishek equally? No way!'

Now you'll be romancing Rajnikanth in Shankar's Robot?
It's total Rajni/Shankar styled entertainer. There's no logic to why I agreed to do it beyond the urge to work with Rajnikanth.

Shankar and Rajni Sir have approached me for so many films, it's embarrassing.

Ever since we did Jeans together Shankar has approached me for all his films except Boys. Rajni Sir being the senior that he is, has showed no egoistic traits in approaching me for his last 4-5 films.

And my refusal to do his films was never misconstrued by him. I admire him for that. It speaks volumes for his seniority and his caliber as a humanbeing to never take offence to my no.

Is that why you said yes to Robot?
This time for Robot it was immediate yes from me. I just wanted to work with Rajni Sir and Shankar. My Jeans with Shankar was a super-success. I came away learning so much from Jeans and Shankar. Robot too will be a learning experience.

Is it sci-fi film?
It's hard to define. But technically it will take cinema to another level. I can only say I'll come away enriched.

It's very important for me to come away with something from my films since I give so much.

I want to work with Rajni Sir, yaar. He's phenomenal. Everyone speaks of this experience. I'll actually go through the experience.

Well you have a seasoned phenomenon in your own house.
Ya but I share a different equation with the one in my house. They're both institutions. And I'm blessed to work with both.

When I look back at all the leading men, directors technicians I've worked with I feel totally blessed. It's a good place to be in.