'I have carved my own journey'

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'I have carved my own journey'

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s filmography boasts of over 30 Hindi films, several international projects and some unequivocal gems of Tamil cinema and the actor said she would love to expand it by working in Marathi films now.

The actor made her acting debut in 1997 with Mani Ratnam’s Tamil political drama ‘Iruvar’ and her Bollywood debut happened the same year in romantic comedy ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya’.
She said as long as the project is “exciting” the language is not a barrier.

“I started my career with a Tamil film. I am an actor and it doesn’t matter in which language the film is made or with whom or by whom. I have carved my own journey,” Aishwarya said at the music launch of fashion designer-turned-director Vikram Phadnis’s ‘Hrudayantar’.

“I would love to work in a Marathi language film as in any other language as long as the script excites me. I may not speak Marathi fluently but I understand it.”

Recalling her association with Vikram during her modelling days, Aishwarya said the ace fashion designer had once come to her house and,  “he had told me regardless of whether we follow the customary ritual of Raksha Bandhan every year or not, I will be there for you always.”

“He wanted to make the film ten years ago and he had narrated it to me and Shiamak Davar (Choreographer) but I think there is a time for everything. I am glad that it’s happening now and that his first film is in his mother tongue.”

Vikram seemed emotional at the music launch of his directorial debut. “I cannot thank the Hindi film industry enough for all the support and love during the ‘mahurat’ of my film. After my work of 25 years in the fashion industry, I owe them (a lot) and one lifetime is not enough for it,” Vikram said.

Presented by T-series and produced by Young Berry Entertainment, Imtiaz Khatri and Vikram Phadnis Productions in association with Toabh Entertainment, the drama features popular Marathi actors Subodh Bhave, Mukta Barve and Sonali Khare.

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