Ash and Hrithik leave on a jet plane

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Ash and Hrithik leave on a jet plane


Source: Mumbai Mirror

Date: November 8, 2006


The actors pack their old-world costumes and head for Jodhpur to start shooting for Jodha Akbar



Costume drama Jodha Akbar is ready to roll. Well, almost. Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan have packed their bags and are set to fly to Jodhpur.


Aishwarya Rai and costume dramas seem to be meant for each other. "You could say that," she concurred chirpily on the eve of her departure. She has been a part of so many films that require elaborate sets and costumes, right from Chokher Bali and Devdas to Umrao Jaan, and the forthcoming Guru which is also a period film of sorts opening, as it does, in the 1950s. "I've often been told I belong to another era. And my selection of films reflects that old-world reality," she said, as she packs to leave for a large part of November.


Actor Hrithik Roshan, said, "For me the challenge of doing my first costume drama is to look convincing in the old-world costumes. I'm really looking forward to my first period film… although a bit afraid of the unknown."


Interestingly, Hrithik was supposed to do Gowariker's previous film. "I had read Ashutosh's script for Swades. I couldn't see it from the director's perspective, and therefore didn't think I was equipped to perform the part. I wasn't the best person to translate Ashutosh's vision. And this was right after Lagaan! Ashutosh coming to me made me feel on top of the world. Swades is one of my favourite films. And Ashutosh is definitely one of my favourite filmmakers. His vision is unimaginable. It's such a challenge to satisfy Ashutosh. I hope I live up to his expectations," he added.


Meanwhile, Gowariker is going into a period film for the second time after Lagaan. "But Jodha Akbar will be a full-on period film without props. It will be expensive. But I'm not getting into highlighting the budget and making that a USP of my project. For me, the product will justify the expenses. I won't approach the subject to splurge on lavish sets, etc," he said.