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Aishwarya Rai is ecstatic about <i>Dhoom 2</i>

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Thursday, November 23, 2006
We hear you are playing a negative role in Dhoom 2, what was it like and what was the rationale behind taking on this role with negative shades.
There is a lot of talk on a lot of aspects of Dhoom and my character in the film. I guess assumptions are fine, because it definitely keeps the curiosity picking and the audience out there wondering as to how much truth there is to it. So I am wondering whether at this point in time I should shed more light or let the audience go and discover for themselves in the theatres. Speculation has been plenty right from the time we starting filming.

I don't think slating or slotting of the characters should be done, because I will not define my character as negative or positive for that matter. Sunehri, the character I play in the film is a live wire, a character that's just typically her. When you discover Sunehri you will find that she's just a singular individual, it will take you a while to even figure her out and that was the idea in the way we agreed that I perform her. You will not be able to slot her as she completely throws you. It was definitely exciting for me to discover and deliver Sunehri. In a single moment she's striking a conversation, in a single moment she exudes excitement, almost hero worship to Mr A, in the next second she's turning on an attitude and challenging him, almost reckoning to be an equal. In that sense, just like Mr A takes the audience a while to figure out, so does Sunehri. Hence when I say performing Sunehri was defined in my mind, this is what I mean by etching her out. There were so many little aspects that it felt very important in creating her in terms of content apart from of course the visual impact and that is something we focused on all the characters in the film. It is something we brought to the table as a team from director down to the stylist.

Did you do your stunts yourself? What was it like?
Yes, a couple of them, to suit an action film. However, safety was the first mantra as is always in every film set. That is nothing new, its common knowledge, within the film fraternity as well as the audience. But nevertheless, a lot of work was something that we as a team of actors and technicians did push ourselves for, to experience the adrenaline rush in first person because that's what makes it super exciting in terms of what you deliver and also in terms of what the audience gets to actually experience on screen when they see the artist / actor in person, pushing themselves beyond the norm. The high point probably was actually at Orabi Gorge, where we had the jump - There's this one moment where Hrithik's character Aryan challenges Sunehri, (that's me) in the film to jump, given the premise of the scene, which when you see will enjoy it. She takes a beat and goes for it and so does he and you see a glimpse of that in the promos. That was a trip, it was an absolute high, and never in my life have I experienced just literally jumping off the edge, I had to actually do that, of course they looked after our safety, and there is a bungee that we are connected to in person as well, even in the moment on screen, but to actually do this literally, just jumping straight foot first like off a diving board, was fantastic. Even when you are actually hauled up, just after a take, when you've spent it out there, it was, quite a moment for both Hrithik and me. Just next to us, there was a trickle of a waterfall, which we could see ....the water drops going down, what visually we refer to as slow motion, literally the drops were going down forever.

This is your first film with Hrithik and Bipasha, how was the experience working with them?
Superlative, I mean it really has been fantastic, fun just like the rest of the team. Be it Abhishek, Uday, I think the fact that the 3 of them have known each other since childhood, they constantly share their anecdotes which just make you feel that you belong to those bunch of kids who went to those birthday parties, or hung out in their schooling years. You feel that you were part of the inner circle, because it was so wonderful to see them spontaneously and at the most unexpected moments, have a recollection and relive it. It made you feel you were there as well and the brief moments that I got to share with Bipasha, I must say she's a real cool girl, and I am glad we are a team on this film, all of us, because the camaraderie was genuine, the spirit was fab and the energy was about being team players. That's something that everybody brought to the table very professionally. While on the job and aside, it just kept the energy what it should be, on a film like this, very naturally. So we had a blast while making the film. Like Hrithik, my co-star in the film says that he also had eased up a lot. He says that generally, not just from this film. We had a world and a commercial tour together and I guess both of us had been psyched by the pre-conceived perception about being extremely professional, being very detailed, almost obsessive about our work. Each of us had been told that about the other, but when we worked together, I can safely say that, I think that's a given. In any committed passionate professionalism would be that detailed for what they bring to the job, and I relate to that. So I don't think there's any need to make much ado about it. It's fairly natural to work that hard or be that much of a perfectionist on the job.

What do you think of the music of Dhoom 2as compared to Dhoom?
I would never make comparisons, because the fact is that Dhoom was a super success and it was a signature tune at that point in time, in every club, car, bikes...a raging success. So, I am glad that Dhoom 2 was received with equal if not more responsive. It has been superlative again and very very positive, and I think it was very clever to have the first promo go on air with Kank. It was very gratifying for the whole team to have received such a tremendous response, where the audience was already in Dhoom 2 while watching the movie! This is something we heard in first person, we all received it on text and as a team we were overjoyed. It was very very good to know that people were so looking forward to this film, with so much anticipation, we've had a blast making it. So we can't wait to share it with our audiences.

Did you watch Dhoom and what did you think of the film?
It's evident that because at that point it was definitely a cluster breaker. The identity is youth but I take it as just going by the success, they become family experiences that kids enjoy, parents go with the entire family and they just have a good time. You come away with an adrenaline rush. I sincerely believe that age is a state of the mind, even 20 years later I will say this. And everybody has been there, done that or has aspired to be there do that and have all these experiences in person. If not, cinema is the perfect dream world, the closest thing to experiencing any moment in person. So it was good to know that Dhoom was well embraced, so when approached with the idea of Dhoom 2 touted as a sequel, but I always call it a brilliant idea, and Adi knew what he was doing when he came up with this idea, going by the response. We were very very happy to be on team, its really funny, how 20,000 ideas fly around within the team of course, about the next Dhoom and the next Dhoom, and the next Dhoom, so it obviously a very clever franchise. At the end of the day it's a fab experience for the team as well as for the audiences. It's like college will always be an experience everybody cherishes and the pulse and pace of this movie, is one that is universally enjoyed.

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