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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play a power-hungry woman in Mani Ratnam's next

The film, directed by Mani Ratnam, is said to be based on the life of Arulmozhi Varman who became the great Chola Emperor. Aishwarya will be seen playing the manipulative wife of the emperor. Read on...


And after months of speculations, looks like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has finally green-lit her next project after her last release, Fanney Khan in 2018. Although initial talks were all about Ash reuniting with her husband Abhishek Bachchan on screen and that the Bachchan couple is waiting for the right script but now if this latest report in Mid Day is anything to go by then Aishwarya has given a nod to play a negative character in Mani Ratnam's upcoming period drama set in the 10th century.

Reveals a source as quoted by Mid Day, "The story takes place in the 10th century before Raja Chola became a king. Aishwarya will be seen as Nandini, the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar, who served as the chancellor and treasurer of the Chola kingdom. Her character is written as a mysterious, power-hungry woman who manipulates her husband to plan the downfall of the Chola empire because she has been wronged by them."

Considering Aishwarya has previously portrayed grey characters in films like Khakee (2005) and Dhoom 2 (2006) with much conviction, it will be rather interesting to see her return to the negative space with this Mani Ratnam film. Not to mention, Aishwarya and Mani Ratnam's bonding goes back a long way ever since her debut with Iruvar (1997), so you can only imagine how special this film is going to be for both of them. "Aishwarya was approached for the project last year. But she bid her time, understanding the layers of her character before giving the nod last month. Contrary to reports, Amitabh Bachchan is not part of the movie. Mohan Babu will play Aishwarya's husband", added the source in the same interaction with Mid Day.

The last time Aishwarya was asked about this Mani Ratnam film, she had said, "There is a discussion about a film, but we have to really pick up our conversation from where we left it. Mani is one of my favourite filmmakers." Keep watching this space for more updates on the story.

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