Aishwarya Rai revealed why she refused to do Brad Pitt’s Troy
“When Troy was spoken about, forget on the script level, they were saying at least 6-9 months to lock off (the schedule) because it is a huge film. We were like ‘wow.’ But obviously, we have a way of looking at it like – this is your part…(expressing that her part was not big enough) lock off that kind of time when I had films here I was committed to, I couldn’t get myself to kick that to the kerb. You understand the impact of the cinema (Troy). It is exciting because these are huge offers…” said the 47-year-old adding how coming on board for the film would also have been about breaking the glass ceiling her colleagues spoke about, but there were things she didn’t feel comfortable about.
“I heard interviews of a lot of my seniors saying there is a glass ceiling to break and it cannot be broken. They believed it cannot happen (here). But you are like – I know it can happen and I could be the one making that difference if I want to but there are so many things I am not sure I will be comfortable with in the long run,” the Bride and Prejudice actor said, adding that she saw how working on Troy and other projects would have been perceived. “It could be a point proven, I might not be comfortable with it. So, I walked away from a lot of projects. I could see how it would have panned out,” the Raincoat actor concluded, speaking about how Bride And Prejudice was looked down upon in Hindi film industry, just as Jeans was not appreciated in north India but continues to be one of the biggest and most loved films down South.
Brad had also addressed Aishwarya’s rejection of the role in 2012 and told IANS in an interview, “Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, because she’s a versatile actor. She is one of the most popular actresses of Bollywood, who has achieved huge acclaim in the west for her style, beauty and acting. I think we missed an opportunity to be cast together for Troy.”