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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Aishwarya Rai’s Performance in the Movie PROVOKED Made Director Jagmohan Mundhra Happy

Directed by Jagmohan Mundhra, the movie Provoked is going to be released in England next week. Aiswarya Rai plays the protagonist role of the movie. The movie has a real life theme. It is the story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a battered house wife from Punjab, who came to England and started living with her two children and her husband.

It has been reported that Ash could portrayed the oppressed Kiranjit Ahluwalia successfully. Director Jagmohan Mundhra is also happy with the performance of Aishwarya in the movie. Santabanta reported:

Jagmohan is all praise for his leading lady. "Ash is undoubtedly very beautiful. Beautiful women are more prone to be abused by men. Ash really worked on her character. Never flinched from doing the brutal scenes. In fact Ash's agent from the US Simone felt we we weren't going far enough with the brutality.

She didn't want audiences to feel Ash's beauty was coming in the way of her portrayal of the trauma…As for Nandita Das she's a dear friend and I had promised her I'd not cast her as a victim this time again after Bawandar. And I kept my word."

Provoked is being praised for its hardhitting theme. "One of my predominant concerns was the 'David Versus Goliath' theme, how this frail village woman from Punjab took on the British system. I was also interested in the whole sub-plot about the Southhall sisters (Nandita Das & Co) getting together to help Kiranjit in her crisis."

The director never felt better. " We worked so hard on Provoked that I fell ill in the middle of the schedule. But I've started looking after myself now. I've lost a lot of weight, want to lose more. I've finally discovered my m├ętier as a movie maker. I feel I'm just starting out. "

I think that the movie will be a special one for Aishwarya Rai’s career. Her commitment to work and never ending effort brought her in today’s position. I hope that Provoked is going to make a box office hit in both England and India.

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