Aishwarya Rai
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Aishwarya Rai: I haven't ever left Aaradhya alone..

Aishwarya Rai


New Delhi, May 20 -- Tell Aishwarya Rai Bachchan that it's lovely to see her walk into the hotel lobby with her daughter Aaradhya and her mother, and she has a beautiful revelation to make.

The actor, who we think must be the only star at the Cannes Film Festival with mom and child (and it's lovely to see three generations of Rai women together), says, "I have brought Aradhya here with me every year. It's important, so that after the whole day of work, you get to snuggle at night. In the past three-and-a-half years, I haven't left her alone even for a single night."

Apart from walking the red carpet, Ash is also screening footage from her new film, Jazbaa. When you point out that it looks like a movie where the emphasis is not on her beauty or glamour, but that it's about a woman who is desperate, she says, "Yes, that's a reason I was very, very happy to choose this film - for its subject."

At the end of the day, of course, she's aware that the film will be labelled her 'comeback'. "I am not blind to not see the expectations or all the announcements about the 'comeback'. Six months down the road, that's exactly the way the film is going to be spoken about. My attitude is that I am not focusing on the term. That does not mean I am compelling the rest of you to turn your back to it - and you won't. It's still going to be announced, spoken about, remembered with all these adages attached. So I am not stupid about it," says the 41year-old.

That, however, has never affected her choices, which she says have been a reflection of who she is. "When I chose to do Iruvar (her 1997 film debut with director Mani Ratnam), it was not the conventional launchpad to announce, 'I can sing, I can dance, I can look glamorous'. I chose to do Iruvar to say, 'Look, I am happy to work with a filmmaker I respect. I am working on a film which is not all about me'. I was kind of breaking away from convention in my choice. That has always been true with a lot of my choices down my career. If there was a Devdas (2002), instead of doing the next big thing, I did Chokher Bali (2003) followed by Raincoat (2004). If it was English cinema, I chose Bride and Prejudice (2004). If it's movies after marriage, I still did a Sarkar Raj (2008) and then Robot (2010). You got to mix it all up and I am kind of trying to speak my own little story to my viewer and my audience. Just go out there and enjoy your craft and do what you love to do!"