While talking to IANS, Manfredi, the author of The Last Legion said that the character that Aishwarya Rai played in the movie was completely different from what it was in the book. “My character of the leading lady was totally different. She was from a village but Aishwarya was totally different. She was the lover of the protagonist…but she acted as if the film was for kids," Manfredi told IANS.
Though he praises Ash's beautiful eyes, he said, "She has such strong expressive and beautiful eyes. Some little expression of love would have made the film more different. The editing was so much like a video game, so many passages were missing...I am not criticising".