Ever since the first promo of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was out, people were amazed at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor‘s chemistry. Even after the movie released, this was the one thing no one could get enough of. But with talks of Ranbir and Ash making such a good pair, there were rumours that Aishwarya’s family (especially Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan) were not very happy with her intimate scenes. Their absence at the movie’s multiple screenings didn’t help matters either.
But at the recently held 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival, Mr Bachchan gave a speech on how the shifting portrayal of female characters in the movies is related to the rights and social progress of women in the country. In the said speech, he drew instances from Indian cinema and spoke about the changes shown in women and their relationship with their home, their position in a relationship, sexual exploitation, women in education and in politics.
According to The Hindu, while citing examples ranging from Nita, from Ritwik Ghatak’s classic Meghe Dhaka Tara, to Rosy played by Waheeda Rehman in Guide and Tabu in Vishal Bharadwaj‘s Haider, Mr Bachchan had a few good words to say about his daughter-in-law as well. He said that the character of Saba in Ae Dil Hai Muskil, played by Aishwarya, turned the tables on men.
I guess this is the classiest reply to the nasty rumours?