Aishwarya Rai kept her date with Dubai, arriving for the world premiere of â€˜Provokedâ€™ at IIFA surrounded by bodyguards and accompanied by her mother Vrinda Rai. The beauty queen, who took a day off from shooting â€˜Guruâ€™ in Chennai, also attended a hand print ceremony to mark her presence in Dubai â€” her second visit to the city in 10 years. â€œI would have loved to come here earlier, but everything depends on my schedules. I am grateful to Mr Mani Ratnam for adjusting my dates so I could attend the function here.â€
Asked if she had any apprehensions about her deglamourised role in â€˜Provokedâ€™, she said, â€œI thought I had quelled such inquiries at the beginning of my career when I made my debut with the Tamil film â€˜Iruvarâ€™. Although I must say that a lot of people did tell me, â€˜Why are you doing sari-clad roles? You should do more song and dance routinesâ€™.â€
Ash was all praise for Kiranjie Ahluwalia, on whose life â€˜Provokedâ€™ is based. â€œIt was very brave of her to have allowed her story to be told. I think it was a huge responsibility on my shoulders to essay such a role.â€ Rai agreed to suggestions that it would be good idea to dub the movie in Hindi and release it in India. â€œIâ€™d only be too happy, but thatâ€™s a decision the producers have to take.â€ As if on cue, producer Murli Manohar, who was sitting next to her, acquiesced.