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Royal role for Ash

SUBHASH K. JHA

Aishwarya Rai plays Rajmata Gayatri Devi in J. P. Dutta's bio-pic.



Gayatri Devi

London. It was a historic tea party. The ethereal Gayatri Devi, the stunning Aishwarya Rai and the intense film-maker J. P. Dutta all together for a very special tete-a-tete.

The occasion? They were together to shake hands on JP's proposed bio-pic on the life of Gayatri Devi.

And the ravishing Rajmata's verdict? She absolutely loved Aishwarya Rai and has given her wholehearted support to JP's proposed film.

Aishwarya, in the thick of a hectic start-to-finish schedule of Jagmohan Mundra's `Provoked' is on cloud nine.



Aishwarya Rai

``I can't believe I'll be playing one of the most beautiful women in the world! To get to enact Gayatri Devi, and that too in a film by a director of J. P. Dutta's film? Wait, lemme pinch myself," she bursts out laughing.

Then she spills the details of the historic meeting. ``You know, it was Gayatri Devi's birthday when we met. My mom and she share the same birthday. It was a very special day for me. J. P. Saab and I spoke with Gayatri Devi for a while. She gave her nod almost instantaneously. I'm right now playing a real-life character (the battered Sikh wife Kiranjit Ahluwalia in `Provoked'). Then I'll go into another real-life character. But a completely different one.

The jubilant J.P Dutta adds, ``My wife Bindiya, Aishwarya and I went to wish Gayatri Devi on her birthday. She was very excited that everything is falling into place. I think she's very happy that Ash will be playing with her. In fact when the Rajmata and I had spoken earlier in Jaipur about a film on her life, I had mentioned Ash. She thoroughly approved of my choice." Right now Dutta is busy scripting both his proposed projects Umrao Jaan and the bio-pic on Gayatri Devi.

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