Aishwarya Rai set to return with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Rebecca’

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: If all goes all, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s year long sabbatical from filmdom might soon end with Mani Ratnam ambitious project which is an adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier`s famous 1938 novel ‘Rebecca’. Ash is touted to play the lead role of Mrs de Winter.

If sources are to be believed, the filmmaker is currently busy putting the script together. “Rebecca, the novel is about a newly married woman who is constantly compared to the first wife of her husband by the housekeeper. While she feels belittled by the shadow of the deceased lady of the house, she later realises that her husband was never in love earlier. Ratnam is currently adapting the entire novel into a more contemporary Indian setup,” added the source.

Last summer, Ash pulled out of Bollywood because she had bigger priorities to take care of. The actress after getting pregnant, moved out of spotlight to take up a role of a very different kind-that of a mother. But now after the birth of Aaradhya, mommy Ash is ready to face the camera once again!

“Ash and Ratnam go back a long way. Her cinematic debut, ‘Iruvar’ in 1997 was directed by him. They worked again ten years later in ‘Guru’. The same year she got married. They again worked in 2010 in ‘Raavan’. Whenever Ratnam has offered Ash a role or a script she has always respected it. This time too, it was the same,” an insider said.