Aishwarya to romance Abhishek in ‘Happy Anniversary’

The long wait is finally over! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is making a grand comeback with none other than her dearest husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan in Gaurang Doshi’s ‘Happy Anniversary’. Ash has signed the dotted line and the film will go on floor in early next year. The film will be shot in South Africa. Both Aishwarya and Abhishek liked the script and gave their nod to the project. The film is based on the “anatomy of marriage’’. The film will be directed by noted ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar.

This is Aishwara first film post the birth of her baby Aaradhya. Ash is working hard to get into the character. She is hitting the gym to shed extra flab. Gaurang Doshi said that Ash would look hot and sexy in the film similar to her image in ‘Dhoom 2’.

"We have finalised Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan for Happy Anniversary. They are ideal married couple and we felt they fit the bill. Prahlad's relation with Aishwarya and mine with Bachchan's apart, the script also attracted the couple to do the film," Gaurang told PTI.

This is Ash and Abhi’s sixth film together. They have worked in movies like ‘Dhai Akshar Prem Ke’, ‘Kuch Naa Kaho’, ‘Guru’, ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Sarkaar Raj’. ‘Happy Anniversary’ will be made on a budget of 65 crores.

Ash shares a great rapport with Gaurang and Prahlad Kakkar. They were neighbors before Ash got married to Abhishek.  Prahlad directed Ash and Aamir in Pepsi commercial 20 years back.

The script of ‘Happy Anniversary’ was penned by Doshi and the screenplay is jointly written by Jay Varma and him. Monika Vimal Maluka is co-producing the film with  Gaurang Doshi Productions and UVI Productions.

Doshi speaks about bringing Ash-Abhi together, "I have always had a good equation with the Bachchan family. Prahlad has known Aishwarya for the longest time. Eventually it boils down to the script which was liked and appreciated by both Abhishek and Aishwarya. Why would an actor of the stature of Aishwarya agree to make a comeback in any film if she did not like the script?"

Doshi said as why he signed Prahlad Kakkar as the director, "Prahlad, who is one of the best ad filmmakers in the country has rejected 60 films before he agreed to direct a film for me. A successful ad filmmaker who has refused so many offers must have had good reasons to do so. When I met him we realized we had similar views about the kind of work we wanted to do."

Gaurang Doshi  directed films like Aankhen (starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Arjun Rampal), Deewar (Amitabh Bachchan, Akshaye Khanna, Sanjay Dutt) and Bawandar (Nandita Das).