No weekend shoots for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

DC | SUBHASH K. JHA
Published Nov 17, 2014, 5:21 am IST
Updated Mar 30, 2019, 1:57 pm IST
Sanjay Gupta, who is directing the actress in her comeback film, would have it no other way
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Mumbai: After a long hiatus, Aishwarya Rai is finally all set to start shooting for her comeback film Jazbaa. A completely hands-on mother, Aishwarya had taken a two-year sabbatical to devote her entire time to bringing up her baby. It is only now that Aishwarya has decided to do a film.
 
But as they say, conditions apply. According to sources close to the Bachchan family, Aishwarya will shoot only during those times when she is not needed to be at home for her daughter Aaradhya.
 
We also hear that Abhishek would be adjusting his schedules to be as much at home as possible when his wife is at work. 
 
Jazbaa director Sanjay Gupta who is gearing up for the shoot, says, “I will be shooting with Aishwarya in January and February 2015. She won’t be shooting on Saturdays and Sundays. I wouldn’t want it any other way myself for her, or for myself. Like Aishwarya, I am a very hands-on parent. I want to spend time with my children even when I’m working.”
 
Sanjay clarifies that making a film with Aishwarya was not a planned comeback gimmick for him. “I would have made Jazbaa with Aishwarya anyway,” he says, adding, “It requires a larger-than-life female hero and who better than her?” 
 
The filmmaker is happy to see so many women centric films being made these days. “More power to the female actors, I say. But one has to be careful about the scripting of these films which feature women at the forefront. You cannot short change the audience with the script,” he says. Sanjay continues, “Whether it was Sridevi in English Vinglish, Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom or Kangna Ranaut in Queen it was the script that finally worked. So it is with Jazbaa.”
 
Sanjay says he can feel the pressure of the responsibility. “I’m beginning to realise how much of  a responsibility it is to direct Aishwarya’s first film in three years. Then there is Shabana Azmi too. It was my dream to direct her. And now I’m doing it. Shabana’s role has plenty of thehrao. Her character is the voice of reason on the script.”
 
The director says there are plenty of confrontation scenes between Shabana and Aishwarya. “They are there in the original film. I am not revealing the source of my script because it’s a suspense film. The minute I reveal the original film’s title the suspense will be gone.” Sanjay’s keeping his cards close to his chest but he reveals just a little bit more nonetheless.
 
“I can tell you I’ve made only one major change in the remake. I’ve added a confrontation sequence between Shabana and Irrfan Khan’s characters. How could I have these two great actors in my film and not bring them together in the same frame?”
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