Aishwarya Rai received legal notices over kiss scene
By Sajad - Thu Dec 06 2012, 10:09 am
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sparked controversy after she shared her first screen kiss with Hrithik Roshan in movie “Dhoom 2” in 2006. Now the Bollywood actress has revealed that the scene caused such a stir in India that she even received legal notices in the wake of the film’s release.
In her recent interview she talked about various facets of Bollywood with Sir David Frost, the eminent British TV personality and the host of the weekly program “Al Jazeera English.”
According to The Daily Mail, Bachchan didn’t go into specifics, but did explain how locking lips with co-star Hrithik Roshan got her in hot water.
Speaking to Sir David Frost in an interview for Al Jazeera English, the 39-year-old world-class beauty opened up about the difficulty she faced after she opted to share a kiss with Roshan in the film. Aishwarya admitted that she still struggles to do intimate scenes in the movies because kissing is still not received well in the Bollywood industry.
The 39-year old actor shared, “I did it once prominently in the movie Dhoom and it was so topical, and you’ll be surprised, I mean I actually got a couple of notices, legal notices, from some people in the country turning around and saying “You are iconic, you’re an example to our girls you have led your life in such an exemplary manner, they’re not comfortable with you doing this on screen so why did you?”
Bachchan recalled. “And I was like, ‘Wow, I’m just an actor, doing my job, and here I am being asked to offer an explanation for a couple of seconds in a two, three hour piece of cinema.”
The actress, who is hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, also revealed in the interview that it was because of the kissing scene that she had many doubts about signing up to appear in “Dhoom 2”.
Aishwarya Rai, who is married to Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, went on, “It was around the same time that the interest in the western world from Hollywood, or European cinema, English cinema, from the industry there was a lot interest in me and the possibility of me working overseas, and I had already declined a couple of scripts purely on the basis of not being comfortable with the very physical scenes and the kissing because I’d never done that on screen and I just wasn’t very comfortable with the idea.”
When asked, Rai explained that in a Bollywood movie emotions are portrayed through songs and dances.
“It’s (Kisses are) getting there, I mean now it’s become very, very common so I think, I think, I still think our audience is getting comfortable with it, but I don’t think universally,” she concluded.