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chat Aishwarya Rai on back-to-back releases and taking a much-needed break

A ishwarya Rai says life has been extremely fast-paced since the day she chose to study science in high school. Now the actor is waiting to take a much-needed break before entering another year full of film projects. “I keep joking that the pace of my life has been so hectic ever since high school. From XII standard, I have had a hectic lifestyle and that's the only pace perhaps my body knows now,” says Aishwarya.

This year has been particularly hectic for the 36-year-old actor, thanks to the release of her films — Raavan, Robot, Action Replayy and Guzaarish in quick succession. There has been so much jet-setting in and out of the country and travelling within India for the promotion of her films that Aishwarya fell slightly ill. But she is not complaining. “Come on! I'm okay now. If you think work pressure has affected me, how would you explain Hrithik (Roshan) getting unwell after doing just two films in two years? I just got a day's fever and I'm all raring to go,” she says.

Aishwarya is now looking forward to some relaxing time. “It's almost the end of November. I had deliberately kept a little part of December off... because since 2008 I have been working continuously. Doing five films — Raavan, Raavanan, Robot, Action Replayy and Guzaarish — has been mammoth. Hrithik keeps joking about my plight and says he did just Guzaarish all this while, apart from Kites. But, yes, I did all that work and also promoted those films. Now I need a break... and then further work next year,” she adds. She is still in talks with filmmakers on her future projects and will be able to announce developments around February next year.

For now, Aishwarya is just waiting to get the audience reaction to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish, in which she plays Sofia, a nurse to a paraplegic essayed by Hrithik. “It is my final release of this year... and what a special film to share with our audience! My character Sofia is very special. The kind of capacity, strength, resilience, commitment, empathy and unconditional love that she has for a patient just takes this character to a different realm altogether,” she says, signing off.

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