Is Aishwarya gearing for a comeback?


By Hindustan Times

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has been on a break from films since she gave birth to daughter Aaradhya in November last year, may just be ready for a comeback. The actor who made barely five appearances in the nine months since her delivery, was spotted at three events in just two days over the weekend. The film industry says that this is feeler enough that the 38-year-old is ready for the silver screen.

Ash attended Bollywood cinematographer Ashok Mehta’s condolence meeting on Saturday in Mumbai.

The same evening, she was seen at industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s party, held to celebrate designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla’s 25 years in the fashion industry. And the very next day, the actor created a frenzy in Kochi where she went to inaugurate the store of a jewellery brand she endorses.

“Aishwarya is a very intelligent woman. If you look at her career graph, you will notice all her moves have been very well planned. So of course, this sudden increase in her public appearances, too, is well thought out. It’s been more than a year that she has been out of the public eye, so it is the right time for her to be in public eye,” says trade analyst Atul Mohan.

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who has worked with Ash in his musical hit, Taal, says, “She is an actor with a stature and undying talent and commands her space on the big screen. So it is important for her to stay in touch with showbiz.”

Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, however, thinks otherwise. “I don’t think Aishwarya needs to resort to such tactics to announce that she is going to make a comeback. She is not someone on which ‘out of mind out of sight’ fits. Having said that, these public appearances surely keep her in the limelight and make sure that people know what she is up to.” Ash recently shot an advertisement for the jewellery brand which featured her looking suspiciously slim, prompting speculation that the pics were airbrushed, considering she had got flak for her post pregnancy weight gain.