Aishwarya: Good-looking, but theatrically challenged

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Is Bollywood actress Aishwarya Bachchan (formerly Rai) the most beautiful woman in the world? Not in my book. It’s a humor book, of course, so you can’t take it too seriously. I’d rate Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie and Preity Zinta ahead of her, to mention just a few. I’ve always had a thing for Berry, even before she won the Oscar for Best Actress. On a scale of one to 10, I’d rate her an 11. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, and if Aishwarya’s fans think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world, who am I to tell them to stop drinking the Kool-Aid?

But how far can looks carry an actress? Pretty far, if you consider Aishwarya’s iconic status in India, but not far enough, if you consider the reviews of her Hollywood movie The Last Legion. Not only did western critics roundly pan the movie, a couple of them took shots at her acting skills as well.

Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News wrote: "And though Rai may be the most beautiful woman in the world, as some have
claimed (I’ll go with Michelle Pfeiffer), she’s no actress." (Upon reading this, Aishwarya was devastated. "How can he write such a thing?" she said. "How can he think I’m not more beautiful than Michelle Pfeiffer?")

Geoff Pevere of The Toronto Star wrote: "The movie (directed gamely by the Xena and Hercules TV-show
veteran Doug Lefler) follows the attempt to rescue the orphaned boy-emperor
Romulus Augustus (Thomas Sangster) by a puffy-lidded, sleep-deprived centurion
named Aurelius (Colin Firth) and his staggeringly gorgeous but theatrically
challenged
Bollywood-refugee sidekick named Mira (Aishwarya Rai)." (Upon reading this, Aishwarya was thrilled: "He said I’m staggeringly gorgeous! I bet he never said that about Michelle Pfeiffer.")

Pevere wasn’t the only critic gushing about her looks. None, unfortunately, gushed about her acting.

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

Comments

  1. Lili Gharieb says:

    SO WHO SHOULD CARE? SHE IS KNOCK-DOWN, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!!!!! AND TIME WILL MAKE ANYONE A BETTER ACTOR….FOR ARE WE NOT ALL ACTORS??
    FOR EXAMPLE LOOK AT MELVIN DURAI’S SENSE OF HUMOR. LOL
    I PERSONALLY BELIEVE HE WILL MAKE IT ONE DAY SOON AS WELL…..I HAVE FAITH IN HIM.
    EN SHAA ALLA
    TASHAR RAFNA

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