Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is “beautiful inside and out,” said her Ponniyin Selvan co-star Trisha, adding that the two actresses “got along pretty famously on set.” Trisha, currently promoting the film, spoke to NDTV with Ponniyin Selvan director Mani Ratnam and co-stars Karthi and Jayam Ravi. Helmed by Mani Ratnam, Ponniyin Selvan, a film based on Kalki’s fictional epic novel in the ’50s on the Chola Dynasty, pits Aishwarya and Trisha against each other in the roles of Queen Nandini and Princess Kundavai. Once the cameras stopped rolling, however, Ash and Trisha got along like a house on fire. “Ash Mam, I fortunately got to meet her and interact with her on the day one of my shoot. She is beautiful inside and out, I don’t even need to say that. The thing is, this was challenging because we are not supposed to like each other too much in this film, but we got along pretty famously on set,” Trisha told NDTV.
Their off-screen vibes alarmed director Mani Ratnam somewhat. “There were times when Mani sir would come and say, ‘listen, you guys are taking too much, stop talking, I can’t have this camaraderie for my scene,'” Trisha revealed to NDTV.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan certainly seems to have found a fan in Trisha. “She is lovely to work with, and I’m sure everyone here and who’s worked with her would agree me that she is so warm and one of the most hardworking actors I have worked with. She spoke in chaste Tamil and how it has to be spoken. She will get up at 2 am and get ready with us. I am very honoured that I could share a screen space with her,” said the actress.
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Meanwhile, Ponniyin Selvan I also stars Vikram, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar and others. The movie is slated to hit the theatres on September 30.