Sanjay Gupta reveals Abhishek Bachchan’s crucial role in bringing Aishwarya on board for his upcoming thriller.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will start shooting her comeback film Jazbaa in Mumbai from January 2015. This will be the actress’ return to the arc lights after a four year sabbatical and Mirror has it that hubby Abhishek Bachchan played a pivotal role in her taking up the movie.
The film’s director Sanjay Gupta and Abhishek had wanted to collaborate on a project for a long time and often spoke about the same. During one such chat Gupta told Abhishek about the rights of a foreign film he had bought.
Says Gupta, “Abhishek loved the story and wanted to know who I had in mind for the female lead. I told him, ‘It would be great if Aishwarya could do it’. To my surprise he asked for the film’s copy.”
A week later Abhishek called Gupta and confirmed that Ash is on board. “Aishwarya too spoke to me. Subsequently I visited their home to discuss the details,” says Gupta.
Next Aishwarya announced the film at the Cannes Film Festival. “And then I announced it here. Now my next task was to cast the male lead,” says Gupta. On his way to the Bachchan’s bungalow for a second meeting Gupta had two actors in mind Arjun Rampal and Irrfan Khan. “I discussed it with Aishwarya. We could either go the Arjun way or the Irrfan way. Aishwarya liked the idea of casting the latter.”
While Gupta was on his way back home his co producer Rafi Kazi informed Irrfan about the project and the excited actor reached the director’s home in the next hour. “He wanted to know what I had in mind for him,” recalls Gupta.
Irrfan wanted to read the script before signing on the dotted line and make sure he had a meaty part. “The film revolves around four characters. Irrfan plays a suspended cop a loose cannon. He has always been an understated actor and for the first time he will be playing to the gallery,” says Gupta.
And then comes John Abraham who has an extended cameo in the film.