Friday, February 27, 2004

Hollywood, Ash she likes it - The Times of India

Aishwarya's Star "Rai"sing in Hollywood

The Times of India has a nice report on the rising stardom of Aishwarya Rai in Hollywood. The Bollywood Bombshell, as I like to call her, has six on-going projects. Amongst these are the Oct. 7 opening Bride and Prejudice, starring opposite Jude Law, Keanu Reeves, or Billy Crudup in Mr. Surprises, opposite Brenden Fraser in Roland Joffe's Singularity, starring alongside Meryl Streep in Chaos, playing the lead in the Nisha Sharma story, and starring and acting as executive producer in I Know and I Care. There are reportedly three more in the works.

"The script is in place. Complete with Ash's scissorhands. 'There will be no nudity or overtly revealing clothes for any of her roles," says Simone Sheffield, the actress' international manager, 'Also, her dialogues won't be offensive." The lady, though, hasn't given Hollywood's statutory kiss a miss. 'Ash has a pair of lips very much wanted here... every man in Hollywood wants to kiss her," laughs Simone, 'I believe she has already done a kissing scene, but she won't do anything overtly sexual." A bond which bloomed when Ash's friend, hairstylist Ambika Pillai, introduced her to Simone is now based on trust. 'Money isn't important to Ash, the role is. I'm really impressed with Ash... and so was Robert de Niro when I introduced her." But as money makes the world go round, curiosity demands that Ash's fans have an idea about her worth in Hollywood. 'I would say about $ 3 million... but money is secondary for Ash." That, of course, is a million-dollar statement."


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