Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is back in action though her mind keeps oscillating between work and baby Aaradhya. Sreya Basu in conversation with the actress in Mumbai
The award season has started in Bollywood. But you don't have a nomination this year. Any regrets? It's true I have no nominations for the first time in my career as I had no releases this year. I have not done a film for a year or two; but then, it's for the most special reason of my life, and that's having Aaradhya.
Do you remember your first award?
I came into the industry with a lot of expectations. I did not have the conventional launch; I did not live the life of a normal newcomer because I was already working on a number of films even before my first release (Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, 1997).
I got my first Filmfare Award for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (in 1999). To get such an award so early in my career was really prestigious for me. I still remember the excitement all around me.
Do you think Indian film is finally getting its due respect?
Cinema is almost a part of our culture today. We grew up on it. It's a part of our tradition and festivities; we enjoy the music, the emotions shown on screen. I don't think anybody will shy away from acknowledging how much he/she enjoys cinema. And today Indian cinema enjoys global recognition retaining our identity on the world platform with absolute pride.
Now-a-days the industry is spilling with new talents. What's your take on this?
The industry has always welcomes new talent in every area, be it acting, or filmmaking or music, editing, cinematography, writing or choreography. It's wonderful that there is such influx of talents these days. It's great to know that people today are professionalizing their creative ambitions.
When will we see you on screen again?
In our industry, no one can even guarantee the release date of a film because everything keeps changing here. I am saying this not as a sign of any disrespect but in good humour. But what I am trying to say is there can be no guarantee in a creative field like this.
It's a long process which starts from the time you read a script, then the team comes together, then the film is made. There are so many reasons which define the release of a film.
When I am onboard with a film, you will definitely know. I am reading scripts now, gradually. But you know, motherhood is time-consuming and time just flies when I am with Aaradhya.
Is it difficult balancing career and motherhood?
I am clear on my priorities and I stay committed on whatever responsibility I take in life. I have always been committed in my professional and personal life and that's how it will always be in future as well.
How has motherhood changed you?
Motherhood is a blessing and the most beautiful experience of life.
Lots have been written about you post-motherhood weight gains.
I don't even bother myself thinking about all these. I am not staying hidden; I have chosen just to remain natural and accept the course of life.