Director Madhur Bhandarkar, who reportedly had fallen out with actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 2011, over his film Heroine, says that things are normal between them now and he is open to working with her.
Heroine had hit headlines after Aishwarya, who was signed to play the protagonist of his ambitious project, opted out due to her pregnancy.
When asked about his current equation with Aishwarya, the director said, “It is nice. All is good and normal. If there is an interesting script I would be okay to direct her. Yes, why not?”
Heroine had to face quite a few hurdles as it was first offered to Kareena Kapoor Khan but after several meetings and discussions on the script, she had turned down the offer. However, exact reasons could not be known.
Later, the role went to Aishwarya and the film was announced at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011. The shooting was supposed to commence from June, when Amitabh Bachchan broke the news of his daughter-in-law’s pregnancy.
The producers even took the decision to stall the project for the sake of Aishwarya’s health.
Almost at the verge of being shelved, Kareena was finally roped in for the film but it failed to register success at the box office.
“With Heroine I wanted to show the super stardom of an actress and her decline and what happens to her. I have no regrets for any of my films and I stand by them.
“Heroine was made at a budget of Rs 21 crores and it earned Rs 40 crores. I am happy with the way the film shaped up,” the National Award-winning director told.
On Aishwarya’s comeback film with Sanjay Gupta – Jazbaa – he said that he liked the trailer and even tweeted about it.
The Fashion director known for making women-centric films, is excited for his upcoming movie Calendar Girls that depicts the lives of five girls, who hail from different regions of India and are selected for an annual calendar shoot.