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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is not about me, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


The actress plays down her character in the film, calls it a real tale of Karan Johar.

Mayur Lookhar

All the controversy around the film notwithstanding, fans are waiting with bated breath to hear from the stars of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor shot for a leading film magazine and bared their souls about this heartfelt film.

Asked her take on unrequited love, Rai Bachchan replied, “I’m so blessed that I can’t think of unrequited love, call it motherhood keeping me in that state. In the context of the film, the moment Karan Johar narrated it to me, I smiled and said, ‘This is you’.” 

Interestingly, despite being friends with Johar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had never worked with the filmmaker nor featured in any of his earlier productions. 

“Karan and I have known each other for a long time," she said. "We have had amazing heart-to-heart, deep, long chats. He has shared a lot with me. So, it's more like a friend in me than the artiste who jumped on board. We were meant to work together so many times before. But it happens when it’s meant to be. With marriage and him being close to Abhishek and the family, our relationship became even more intimate.”

In a rather modest statement, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played down her own role in the film. She said, ”The film’s not all about me. Anushka’s [Anushka Sharma's] character Alizah has the longest graph in terms of screen time. It’s also about Ayan [Ranbir Kapoor] and his evolution through his different relationships. There is an insight into a woman’s ability to hold on to any relationship, to move away from it and also to engage in other relationships in life. A person may have been part of your life briefly and yet remain so impactful that he or she can fashion your entire perspective.”

We all know how Salman Khan was once part of Aishwarya Rai’s life, but then she has come a long way from all that. And so should we.