MUMBAI: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan feels the experience of being a mother in real life helped her bring substantial truth to playing her character in Jazbaa. “Having become a mother was perfect for a script like this because there’s a lot of truth to the nuancing you can bring in,” said Aishwarya at a recent film promotion event.
“In terms of any dramatic moment, you can bring in a degree of truth to the sense of drama without necessarily being overt, and yet be there with every pulse, every cell of your body actually committed to that moment,” she added. “Experience does bring a lot of honesty here. That’s what made me bring a lot of integrity and truth to the way I’ve essayed Anuradha.”
In Jazbaa, Aishwarya’s character of an advocate is in a tricky situation, where she faces the danger of losing her daughter if she doesn’t get a criminal out by fighting his case. On how real-life experiences help actors, she said, “As an actor, you don’t necessarily refer to real-life experiences but as an artist, experience is the greatest teacher.”
The former Miss World went on to say, “So, you will otherwise be referencing, picking up from somebody else’s life, or from impressions that we very often don’t realise … sometimes impressed by the cinema you’ve viewed.” She added, “That’s the kind of subconscious imaging with which you come on the sets.”
Aishwarya, who will make a comeback with Jazbaa after a prolonged hiatus, took a break from movies after her daughter Aaradhya was born in 2011. She feels taking care of her daughter’s needs kept her fully occupied. “For us, being new mothers, there’s no concept of the way time flies. You’re multitasking on another level,” she said. Directed by Sanjay Gupta and also starring Irrfan Khan, Jazbaa is slated to release on October 9.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2015.
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