I’d love to congratulate Ajith on his deserved success, says Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tabu and Ajith Kumar in ‘Kandukondein Kandukondein’ (2000)   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

It’s a well known fact that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan holds director Mani Ratnam in very high regard. She will soon join hands with the filmmaker – yet again – for his magnum opus, Ponniyin Selvan. “I will confirm that I am doing the film,” Aishwarya, in Chennai to inaugurate Longines’ new boutique, told The Hindu, “I am on this journey with him, and it will be an honour to be a part of anything Mani chooses to do ever.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Chennai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Chennai  

Like most of Mani Ratnam’s projects, this film too is shrouded in secrecy, with very little known yet. “I don’t think it will be fair to override Mani sir and speak about the project. He’s my Guru. I started my first film ever (Iruvar) with him, and even though there’s such warmth and familiarity in our professional relationship today, it’s his wish to share details with the world whenever he chooses to.” It is rumoured that she will play the antagonist in the on-screen adaptation of the classic historical Tamil novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy.

Aishwarya Rai broke into films with Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Iruvar, and has gone on to star in his other projects, Guru and Raavan. Apart from Mani Ratnam, she has teamed up with Shankar (Jeans and Endhiran) and Rajeev Menon (Kandukondein Kandukondein). Though Aishwarya paired along with Mammooty and Abbas in the latter, she distinctly remembers Ajith, who played an aspiring filmmaker in the film. “He was so warm and an incredible professional. I’m so happy to see the kind of success and love he is enjoying from his audiences. He deserves it. Though I didn’t have many scenes along with him, I met him on the sets. I also remember meeting his family during the making of Kandukondein Kandukondein. If we ever cross paths again, I’d love to congratulate him on his deserved success.”

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