Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is making her long-awaited return to films this winter but according to sources her comeback in the film “Jazbaa” has been marred by severe disagreements with her director over the script, the music, and how much of the plot should be revealed to the public. According to an Oct. 27 report Aishwarya is unhappy and is demanding changes to the script.
Aishwarya’s problems with “Jazbaa” are threefold: she wants changes made to the script, she wants director Sanjay Gupta to stop revealing so many plot details to the public, and she’s reportedly shocked that an item number is being included in the film. Gupta has yet to reply to these claims.
Here’s what we know about “Jazbaa”: it is an official remake of the South Korean film “Seven Days.” In the original Yunjin Kim (of “Lost” fame) plays Yoo Ji-yeon, a tenacious and highly successful lawyer who has never lost a case. One day during a school sports event her young daughter is kidnapped. The kidnappers demand that she use her legal skills to defend a known felon who is almost certainly guilty of a heinous rape and murder. If she is unsuccessful her daughter will be killed. Throughout the film she relies on her friend and down-on-his-luck police detective Kim Seong-yeol (Park Hee-soon), whose role will be portrayed by Irrfan Khan in “Jazbaa”.
It’s possible that Aishwarya is annoyed at these plot details being known, though once it was revealed that the film was a remake it would have been all but impossible to prevent people from reading about the original film. Sources claim that Aishwarya is upset about Sanjay Gupta revealing that the film has no romantic angle; there had been some excited speculation about seeing Irrfan romancing Aishwarya and their lack of intimacy in the film is somewhat of a spoiler.
Another item (pardon the pun) worrying Aishwarya is Gupta’s insistence on including an item number in the film. Apparently the Bachchan bahu wants the film to be a dark thriller and go easy on the songs, and she was reportedly shocked to hear that an item would be included. Now it’s certainly possible for an otherwise intense film to feature one of these popular upbeat numbers (think “Beedi” in “Omkara,” which fit beautifully into the film without interrupting the flow or drama quotient), but then again the opposite is also true.
Aishwarya may be concerned that including an item number might cheapen the film. Given the original film’s plot it seems unlikely that Aishwarya’s character would be shaking a leg at any point in the story, so the item number would probably involve a guest actress, which raises the possibility of another (probably younger) woman overshadowing Aishwarya in the film (similar to what happened in the recent “Agneepath” remake–Priyanka Chopra disappeared from audiences’ minds the second Katrina Kaif began dancing to “Chikni Chameli”).
So far there’s no direct confirmation of these rumors, but Aishwarya Rai’s behavior at the Mumbai Film Festival was very telling in this regard–when asked about “Jazbaa” she not only refused to speak, but she also wagged her finger at the reporter and walked away. She’s clearly not interested in divulging any information about the film. Perhaps in that case choosing to make her big comeback in a remake of a well-known Korean drama wasn’t the best choice?