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Empress Ash in Bollystan
RASHMEE Z AHMED
LONDON: In a bold new move to re-brand Bollywood as the world's newest soft empire, Aishwarya Rai has been gloriously installed as Empress of 'Bollystan', a newly-networked nationless state which lives by a paradox unheard of in Hollywood — sexy sanyasins caring for how much to bare.
Rai plays cover girl for a glossy new British magazine aimed at second and third generation British Asians. In her role as brand ambassador for Bollystan, a culture without country, Rai bats her fabulous blue-green eyes and affirms her decision not to disrobe for her upcoming role in a French film starring Meryl Streep.
Somewhat hilariously though, according to the lovelorn male journalist who enabled Rai to bare her soul to the West and say no to nudity, the excessively demure actress kept trying to say the word nudity without success. Reports Tom Coghlan, who confesses to finding his eyes not focusing properly at first sight of this spellbinding beauty; Rai instead keeps saying a word previously unknown to the dictionary, nudidity.
Eventually though she manages, only to confess nudity is not a state she has been before onscreen or plans to visit. It is not something that turns her on as an actress and it is hardly part of the job description of being a Bollywood or Hollywood actress.
Farah Damji, editor of Another Generation magazine, which is, unveiling Bollystan as an idea whose time has come, told TNN: "Rai's demureness appeared to underline the basic differences between the world's two great cultural forces — Hollywood and Bollywood."
Rai's demureness apparently extended even to the conventional practice of using a body double to play intimate bedroom scenes in the French film titled Chaos. In an obvious nod to her traditional fans back home in India, she revealed she was initially averse to the idea because the layperson is going to think that is me.
Rai's interview is part of the London promotion of her first English film, director Gurinder Chadha's modern take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Courtesy: The Times of India