Last seen in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Fanney Khan (2018), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has yet not announced her next project officially. However, speculations are rife that the former Miss World has given her nod to star in celebrated filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s next directorial venture.
Reportedly, it will be a multilingual film based on a highly successful Tamil novel called Ponniyin Selvan. The project will be a period drama and we hear that Mani Ratnam is planning to make it on the same scale as the S.S. Rajamouli directed Baahubali franchise.
The latest update on the project is that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be playing a negative role in it. She has been reportedly signed on to essay the character of Nandini in the movie, who is the wife of Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar. Ponniyin Selvan features Pazhuvettaraiyar as the chancellor and treasurer of the Chola kingdom.
According to a source, the character of Nandini, which is a negative character, is that of a mysterious, power-hungry woman who manipulates her husband so that she can plan the downfall of the Chola Empire. She is hell-bent on wreaking havoc on the empire because of the wrong things done to her.
Whenever Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has played a negative character in the past, she has just aced it. We are sure she will deliver yet another remarkable performance as Nandini in Mani Ratnam’s next.
More details on the project are awaited.