Bollywood was never a man's world, says Rhea

Last Updated 07 July 2010, 08:39 IST

23-year-old Rhea said Aishwarya Rai was the international face of Bollywood and there were several examples of women producers who have done well even at the international level like Mira Nair.

"Bollywood is also a woman's game. It was never a man's world," she said.
'Aisha', inspired by Jane Austen's "Emma" stars Rhea's elder sister Sonam and Abhay Deol, and releases on August 6.

She said director Rajshree Ojha and Devika Bhagat who has written the screenplay and dialogues narrated the script to her and Sonam. "Both of us liked the script and our father agreed to be our guide," she said.

Rhea said the film shot in Delhi, Rishikesh and Mumbai is young, vibrant and a fresh.
"My dad is happy with the end product and so am I. I am confident of the way the film has turned out," she added.

Rhea said she has no plans to follow the footsteps of Sonam and added that she was looking forward to handle the production responsibilities of Anil Kapoor Film Company(AKFC).

She however, is not averse to take up direction after establishing herself as a producer.
"I may direct movies after I am comfortable with the production setup," Rhea who worked as production assistant on 'Wake Up Sid!' said.

Recalling that she was the youngest of the 'Aisha' crew, Rhea said everybody bullied her and nobody took her seriously initially.

Speaking on her experience working with lyricist Javed Akhtar, Rhea said he was a "chilled out" person. "He will listen to you if you convince him with your ideas with total commitment," she said.

When asked about equations with sister Sonam on the sets, Rhea said the challenge is to strike a balance between being a sister and an actor/producer on the sets.

"This was my first film and she was the first heroine I was working with. May be after I have worked with few more leading ladies, I will be able to compare Sonam with them," she said indicating that Sonam may not be the the leading lady in all her movies.

(Published 07 July 2010, 08:28 IST)

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