Mumbai: With time, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become so much more focused on her career that her dedication has impressed producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra enough to give the actress more space in Fanney Khan.
“She now has a far more important role than the actress who played her part in the original film,” says a source close to the film. For those who came in late, Fanney Khan is the official Indian remake of the Dutch film Everybody’s Famous. Aishwarya plays the role of a superstar singer, originally played by Thekla Reuten. The Mehra production is being directed by debutant Atul Manjrekar.
“It was always one of the pivotal characters. But now she has been given far more importance in the script than what the original actress got. Aishwarya plays a singer and has four songs which she will sing herself for the first time,” says the source.
The source also adds that the actress never brings her motherly duties to the sets. “She is all there for Aaradhya. She drops and picks her up from school every day. But otherwise, she focuses completely on her work and allows no distractions. Only calls from home are taken when she is on the sets.”
While refraining from commenting on her enhanced role in Fanney Khan, Aishwarya says, “I was very sure that whenever I decided to work after my daughter’s birth, it would have to be only when I can concentrate fully on my work. I didn’t want to be distracted or divided. It’s always a hundred percent of me in whatever I do.”
Aishwarya also mentions that she will do only one film at a time. “Because that’s about all I can do justice to, given my priority is my daughter.” Lately, the actress also has to devote more time to her mother who after Aishwarya’s father’s death lives alone.
Apparently many filmmakers have turned away because of Aishwarya’s limited time allotted to her acting and other assignments including global events and endorsements. But the actress is seriously considering offers from Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and Gauri Shinde.