Aishwarya refuses to play MS Subbulaxmi, Vidya accepts
It seems that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become choosy as ever with her scripts. Earlier when Madhur Bhandarkar has approached her with the role of the lead actress in his film, Heroine, Aish refused to play her part in it. The role was then taken over by Kareena Kapoor. The result was unmistakable. Heroine turned out to be one of the most ambitious and challenging films that were taken up by our Bebo. It is said that one should not repeat same mistakes. However, Mrs. Bachchan does not seem to abide by the rules. Recent reports are claiming the fact that the south Indian film director, Rajiv Menon had approached her to cast her for the role of MS Subbulaxmi in a biopic that he is going to make. Aish had turned him down too and the role has been bagged by none other than our very own Vidya Balan. Thus, Aish has turned down two of the famous directors on grounds that are still unknown. While Heroine turned out to be the lucky film for Kareena, it is expected that this biopic on MS Subbulaxmi too will be a great project on the whole.
The film as is evident is based on the legendary MS Subbulaxmi, a famous Carnatic singer. However, all were surprised when Aishwarya turned down this role. She had earlier worked with Rajiv Menon, who has casted her in kandukondain Kandukondain. She had been greatly appreciated for her performance in the film. Rajiv Menon initially started his career as a cinematographer but later got inspired to be a director. He has returned after 14 long years to make this biopic. He has revealed that this is going to be his most ambitious project till date.
Sources have also revealed that the film has been calculated to have a budget of around Rs. 70 crore. It is going to be made in three different languages viz. Tamil, Hindi and English. Music of this film will be given by the Oscar winner A.R Rahman. For the lead role Menon needed an actress who would be comfortable to act as a lady between 18 to 88 years of age. He thought Aish would be fit for the role. That is why he approached her regarding the role a few months back. However, he was disappointed by Aish’s disapproval.
Vidya in the meantime was approached as the second option and she immediately grabbed the role. She seemed very interested in portraying the role. The shoot for the film will be starting very soon.