She is one of the biggest stars in Bollywood but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says that her stint in the Tamil film industry is an important part of her career and a great learning experience.
The 36-year-old actress may have reached the very top of the industry, but says that working with ace Tamil director Shankar in Jeans “taught” her a lot.
“Working in Jeans remains an integral part. It taught me so much technically and content wise and now I am having a wonderful time working in Enthiran (the sci-fi flick starring Rajnikanth, directed by Shankar),” said the actress.
In one of her rare public appearances in this southern metropolis on Monday evening, Ash, as she is fondly known among her fans, lauded Shankar saying that “he makes incredible movies.” The Guru star, who is now working in her third project with Mani Ratnam in Ravana, confessed that she too was a member of the audience.
“I am as much as a member of an audience as much as the film fraternity,” she said to loud applause at the audio launch of Rettaisuzhi, produced by Shankar.
Rai started off her brief address in chaste Tamil, greeting the audience but soon switched over to English. Nevertheless, she seemed to understand Tamil, as she was seen reacting to remarks and observations made by other speakers.
Veteran Tamil directors K Balachander and Bharathirajaa, both of whom are credited with redefining the content of Tamil cinema with their revolutionary and rustic subjects, share the screen space for the first time in the film, being directed by Shankar’s associate Thamira.