Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in no rush to return
Ever since news of actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s pregnancy was announced, the she has been on a self-imposed hiatus.
Now, enjoying motherhood to the hilt, the actress’s in no rush to get back to films anytime soon. But that hasn’t stopped hopeful filmmakers from offering her scripts. Confirming this, a source says, “Filmmakers are still sending her their scripts knowing very well that Aishwarya’s too busy being a mum to read them at the moment. But they are still hoping that their scripts will be considered whenever the actor is ready to sign films and continue to drop by scripts at her Juhu residence.”
Apparently, several production houses have been informed that she’s not looking at films yet, but that hasn’t deterred them from sending scripts across and there are always films they want her to consider at least once, informs an insider.
Of these several filmmakers are offering her to pair up with hubby Abhishek Bachchan too, hoping that working with him again may just do the trick.
But as of now, apparently nothing has caught Ash’s fancy who’s even keeping away from the social circuit, except for close family functions.
“Attending the recent bash hosted by Parmeshwar Godrej for Oprah Winfrey was a rare exception though. That’s because Oprah is a dear friend and she had personally invited her over to India when she was the guest on her show twice,” says a source. “So, Oprah kept her promise by dropping by the Bachchan residence on her visit here and Ash was more than happy to host her.”
But these commitments apart, according to insiders, the actor is enjoying being a mum too much to consider film offers yet.
“Aishwarya’s a completely hands-on-mum and is totally enjoying this phase of her life and doesn’t want to be distracted by work at all. Her return will depend on whenever she feels comfortable, but we don’t think anything immediately is on the cards yet,” says another insider.
Motherhood may be keeping Aishwarya Rai off the silver screen, but when it comes to brand endorsements Aish is no slouch. In fact she pulled in a billion rupees last year from advertising work alone!
Masala Magazine has done a careful study of the actress's non-film work and the results are crystal clear: Aishwarya's name alone is still incredibly valuable, both in India and abroad. International brands see her as the face of India and she's massively popular overseas, where foreign brands are eager to sign her as the face of their products. In fact the fewer Indian brands she endorses the more foreign work she picks up, to the tune of nearly $19 million per year.
One of her biggest clients is the high-end watch brand Longines. Of Aishwarya the brand says, "People across the world love Bollywood films and they go housefull. Wherever we have travelled (with Aishwarya) the response has been overwhelming. She is a global face and we would like to continue this association as long as possible."
It sounds like Aishwarya Rai needn't worry in the least about continuing to stay home with Beti B--thanks to her stellar reputation she'll never want for advertising work!