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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on her role in ‘The Pink Panther 2’

After flicks such as Bride & Prejudice, and Mistress of Spices, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s love affair with Hollywood continues. As we wait for her latest film The Pink Panther 2 to release this week, the actor talks about the film, her role and experiences.

There has been a lot of speculation about your role. Can you give us a peek into your character?

I play Sonia, a writer and authority on the Tornado, a thief who steals valuable artefacts from all over the world. She is not a detective per se, but an essential part of the dream team that is trying to find the Tornado and unravel the mystery of the missing Pink Panther. What do you have to say about the storyline of the movie?

In this sequel, Inspector Clouseau, along with a team of international detectives, is assigned to catch the Tornado and retrieve the artefacts. It’s essentially about Clouseau and his adventures while trying to solve a mystery.

What is the highlight of the film?

Apart from Steve Martin who plays Inspector Clouseau, I think the best part of this movie is the cast that’s come together to create these various characters. I think it was a wonderful idea to come up with a dream team. You’ve actually pulled in characters from different parts of the world — hence different nationalities. These detectives come together, and bring in their own little expertise, characteristics and charm. And yet, it’s so Clouseau, and hence his team is quite an extension of him.

What was it like working with a huge international cast?

It was wonderful working with the team. Steve Martin is fantastic as Clouseau. I’ve been an audience to all the actors in the movie, and have enjoyed watching their work. It was great working with Steve, Andy, Alfred, Emily and John Cleese. It was truly an ensemble cast.

What do you have to say about director Harald Zwart?

Oh, he is great to work with. He keeps everyone moving, and brings in a lot of positive energy. He’s got great sensibilities for a comedy. Did you find shooting for an American film in Paris and Boston very different from movie making at home?

No, I have never looked at it as different. Each experience remains distinct, depending on the director and the core team members — irrespective of the language a movie is being made in.

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