Saturday, May 14, 2005

Aishwarya Rai bids farewell to Bollywood

Mumbai (T2N2) In what could signal her shifting lock, stock and barrel to Hollywood, actor Aishwarya Rai has announced her retirement from the Bollywood film industry.
"I do have a few projects on hand. But once I finish them, I will not be seen in any Indian film. I will not be signing any new projects here,"
Rai told reporters here today.

The former Miss World revealed that she had been approached for a venture with Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg and said a film with Tom Cruise was also in the offing.

The diva's announcement came as a shock to many of the leading lights of the Mumbai film industry.

According to co-star Abhishek Bachchan, even though Aish could now help project Indian films at the international level, her absence here may also "prove detrimental to the film industry."

Lover-turned-foe Salman Khan chose to remain silent on the issue while current hearthrob Vivek Oberoi was circumspect in his comments to media.

"We won't be able to meet that often. But careerwise, things are looking up for Aish,"
he said.

However, some critics interpret Rai's move as a move to get back at rival Rani Mukherjee who has been hogging the limelight recently with critically-acclaimed movies like 'Black' and the soon-to-be-released 'Paheli.' (T2N2)


couchpotato said...

Think she deserves a break. Don't think she's been doing really well in Bollywood the last one year or so. Saw Shabd; was terrible!

motheater said...

ummm... just to tell you Mallu Man is not from HT but from CNBC, though is on his way to Times TV

Toe Knee said...

Couchpotato: Ya, maybe I was too hard on her. Don't worry, I wish her all the best for her future projects.

Motheater: Hey, thanx. I have also removed similar info from my blog links. Although such info is easily available, bloggers may not want it to be spelt out here.

Jay said...

I don't want to sleep with her, but I think Aishwarya Rai is pretty damn hot.

Toe Knee said...

I agree. Though I am becoming more of a Rani fan nowadays.

chetan bhagat said...

toe knee - this is quite funny. love vivek oberoi's comment.

Toe Knee said...

Thanks, Chetan. I will be covering the IIFA Awards in Amsterdam so I expect Vivek must be thinking of ways to get me off terra firma.

Alaphia said...

Hi Toe Knee,

A very informed source told me that l'affair Vivek-Aishwarya is a smokescreen. He's gay and she doesn't want to be available. So this little arrangement suits both of them fine.

Mandar said...

hey tony!
I am ROTFL man!! nice post!! :))

ME said...

hey what about an amsterdam post Toe Knee ishtyle!!!

Anonymous said...

Ash will never forsake Bollywood, West is all right but she will have her roots in India.

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