Aishwarya Rai to do her own stunts in `Jazbaa`

IANS| Last Updated: May 19, 2014, 14:10 PM IST

Mumbai: Now that little Aaradhya has started going to play school, her star mom Aishwarya Rai makes her grand comeback with director Sanjay Gupta`s ‘Jazbaa’, her first full-fledged action film.

For a while it seemed Aishwarya`s first director Mani Ratnam would be helming her comeback film. But that project has been put on hold. Talk of Aishwarya being in a film directed by adman Prahlad Kakkad also proved to be just talk.

To be produced by Gupta, ‘Jazbaa’ will mark her return to the silver screen after her daughter`s birth in Nov 2011. The film will start rolling early next year.

Confirming these developments Gupta said: "We start `Jazbaa` in January 2015. We`ll be showcasing `Jazbaa` at the Cannes film festival in 2015."

The filmmaker clarified that it`s not a women-centric drama.

"Just because Aishwarya is in `Jazbaa` we should not label the film female-centric. To me, she`s the hero of the film," he said.

Ash had done some action scenes in ‘Dhoom 2’, but she didn`t have the kind of stunts that Hrithik Roshan had. In Gupta`s film, she will do all the stunts without the help of a body-double. She has already started training for the role.

"There is no gender-specificity in what she does in the narrative. I`ve cast her in a role like any of the heroes in my films. She could be John Abraham in `Shootout At Wadala` or Sanjay Dutt in `Zinda`. It`s that kind of a role where her gender plays no role in the proceedings."

Two prominent male actors are yet to be cast alongside Aishwarya.

Interestingly, Gupta is also working with Aishwarya`s husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan in ‘Khottey Sikkay’, which he will make immediately after ‘Jazbaa’.

Gupta said: After a year`s gap, when I was scripting, I am now doing three back-to-back films, beginning with `Mumbai Saga` starring Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Vivek Oberoi and Manoj Bajpayee. This will be followed by `Jazbaa` featuring Aishwarya and then `Khottey Sikkay."

The prolific filmmaker promises no compromises in the three films.

"There will be no breaks in the storytelling for item songs. I will tell the stories heedless of extraneous demands. Though `Jazbaa` will star Aishwarya, it won`t use her ultra-glamorous personality to light up the frames. She will glow from within," said Gupta.a