Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai reveals she received legal threats over kissing scene

Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai reveals she received legal threats over kissing scene

Mumbai : India | Dec 05, 2012 at 12:08 PM PST
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sparked controversy after she shared her first screen kiss with Hrithik Roshan in movie “Dhoom 2” in 2006. Now the Bollywood actress has revealed that the scene caused such a stir in India that she even received legal notices in the wake of the film’s release.

Speaking to Sir David Frost in an interview for Al Jazeera English, the 39-year-old world-class beauty opened up about the difficulty she faced after she opted to share a kiss with Roshan in the film. Aishwarya admitted that she still struggles to do intimate scenes in the movies because kissing is still not received well in the Bollywood industry.

Referring to the kiss that landed her into trouble, Aishwarya said, “I did it once prominently in the movie Dhoom and it was so topical, and you’ll be surprised, I mean I actually got a couple of notices, legal notices, from some people in the country turning around and saying ‘You are iconic, you’re an example to our girls you have led your life in such an exemplary manner, they’re not comfortable with you doing this on screen so why did you?’”

She continued, “And I was like wow, I’m just an actor, doing my job, and here I am being asked to offer an explanation for a couple of seconds in a two, three hour piece of cinema.”

The actress, who is hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, also revealed in the interview that it was because of the kissing scene that she had many doubts about signing up to appear in “Dhoom 2”.

Aishwarya Rai, who is married to Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, went on, “It was around the same time that the interest in the western world from Hollywood, or European cinema, English cinema, from the industry there was a lot interest in me and the possibility of me working overseas, and I had already declined a couple of scripts purely on the basis of not being comfortable with the very physical scenes and the kissing because I’d never done that on screen and I just wasn’t very comfortable with the idea.”

The mother-of-one added, “And I was quite sure even my audience was not very comfortable with me doing it on-screen. I was actually quite convinced about it but I still said okay, if I have to go down this path let me first do it in our cinema, in an Indian piece of cinema, and let me see if all my doubts are true, and they were.”

Aishwarya went on to claim that although on-screen kisses are becoming more common in the Bollywood industry, it will still be a long time before they are acceptable to the public.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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