Jazbaa [2015]: Will it prove Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Own?

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After a sabbatical of nearly 4 years from the Silver Screen, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set for a comeback with Jazbaa. Last seen in Guzaarish[2010], which was a debacle at the Box-Office, she is essaying the role of a Lawyer. The movie is a Suspense-Thriller inspired from a Korean Film SEVEN DAYS. A prominent Lawyer’s daughter is kept hostage & she is asked to fight for the release of a Murderer. Sanjay Gupta, who is known for his Controversial/Popular/Dark Crime Features, is the Director. The Trailer hit the YouTube this week and the movie looks Promising indeed. After Khaaki & Dhoom 2, Aishwarya is attempting the Action/Thriller Genre once more, which seems like a smart move to slaughter the Audience. It is needless to mention that her negative character was the turning point in the plot of Khaaki where she shared Screen with the 3 big Stalwarts of Action- Amitabh, Akshay & Ajay. The impact of her role was Outstanding. She never attempted a negative role after this apart from playing the Bewitching “Femme Fatale” in Pink Panther 2. Perhaps her Rich & Royal looks do not allow her easily to fit in a character having Shades of Grey. I am eager to see her as a “Vengeful” Mother- all set to declare “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

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Aishwarya Rai is a powerful Actress, capable of carrying a Movie on her lone shoulders. She has done justice to many Author- backed roles in the past. She is also, undoubtedly, One of “The most Beautiful Women on Earth”. Having shown her expertise as a seasoned Actress in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam & Devdas [for which she gained acclaim worldwide], presenting a female Protagonist in “Fine Leather” on screen should be a cake walk. She never falters in exhibiting the Director’s Dream vision. Paro & Nandini are immortalised by this Actress who can light the screen on fire- such is her command over the Audiences. She has presented these mighty Women with Perfection – thanks to her Amazing “Drop-dead” Gorgeous Looks and Personality. Though not critically acclaimed for her acting [she has seen debacles in the form of Aur Pyar Ho gaya, Dil ka Rishta, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Albela etc ] and often tagged as a mere Showpiece for some of the projects she undertook, it didn’t stop the country’s Biggest Directors from chasing her to work for them. She has been a part of noteworthy movies in South [Kandukondain Kandukondain, Iruvar, Enthiran] and her first Major Hit was Jeans [Tamil & Hindi].

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She “sizzled” as a Thief in Dhoom 2; portrayed Rabindra Nath Tagore’s [manipulative Widow- struggling with her desires]“Binodini” with ease in Chokher Bali; played a depressed Woman in Raincoat & presented the Royal “Jodha”  gracefully with the “Radiance” of her natural Beauty- confirming her Versatility to Movie Lovers & Critics. Aishwarya is Luminous on screen in whatever characters she has accepted to adapt, matching it with equal talent in terms of her acting skills. She outshined her rivals with Taal, where her craft was further enhanced, declaring to the Trade Pundits that Nandini was no fluke. She seems to attack her roles with perfect “Dollops” of innocence. It’s been easy to accept her as SRK’s sister [Josh] as well as his Beloved in the movies they featured together. Her brief appearance in Mohabbatein left us requisitioning “The Yash-Raj” Banner for an extended role. Guru authenticated her calibre to play rural/traditional Indian Woman with  “ELAN”; in Raavan she showed us an agitated/violent version of a simple Housewife tormented by a barbaric Villain.The lady has left us in awe even at times when she has decided to shed the Glamour.

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Who hasn’t been mesmerized & Infatuated with those Magical Dreamy Eyes – when she left a lot unsaid on Screen & conveyed the emotions through them? Is there a single Woman/Girl who doesn’t burn in envy every year  when she walks the Red Carpet at Cannes? A Modern Indian Woman of Great Stature- Aishwarya is a Global Icon.

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Aishwarya Rai is also a terrific Dancer. “Kajra re” song is a Hallmark of Good “Item no” performed with “Ada & Andaaz” of a typical Hindi Film Heroine and till date no one has been able to duplicate or copy it with the similar Poise & Perfection. Presenting sensuality with Elegance & Finesse has been her “Forte”. In the previous decade, not a single Popular/Item song could contest with the hysteria caused by her in Bunty aur Bubly. It remains a Classic till date

The fans across the globe are certainly biding their time for her to shed the inhibitions attached with a married Super-Star [Female]. History has testified that in Bollywood, an Actress seldom manages to coin a remarkable comeback after Marriage. I am Optimistic of her ability to substantiate this as a Myth and pray that Jazbaa arrives as the light at the end of tunnel for many of her contemporaries [Kareena] as well.

She was to play “Heroine” [a role essayed by Kareena Kapoor later] but the project fell apart because of her pregnancy. The Audience failed to accept any one else in the title role & the Movie failed to create an impact- so high were the expectations as cinema-goers had conceived only “Aishwarya” in mind as The Heroine.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – the name itself spells Stardom. It’s a Guarantee that the long wait endured by her fans is unsurpassable today. We want to see this Diva recreate her Spell for many Fridays to come.

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