Big B will forever be iconic, says Aishwarya Rai

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan feels her father-in-law and megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s stardom is iconic and will stay forever. The 72-year-old actor has been honoured with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema.

“We all are family today... he is Paa. I think no one can take away that from him. Abhishek being his son keeps earnestly saying that no one can take his immense body of work away from him. It evokes respect and admiration,” Aishwarya told a <g data-gr-id="31">media</g> person.

“He was, is and forever will be iconic to all of us. Everyone will think that way today and forever. It has to be admired, respect and appreciated,” she said. Big B would be turning 73 on October 11. And when asked about the birthday plans this year, Aishwarya chose not to reveal anything.

Bachchan will be seen next in Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir in which he is playing a paralysed chess grandmaster alongside Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari. 

She was earlier supposed to play Mastani in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, says she does not regret not being a part of the magnum opus project.

Considered as his dream project, Bhansali was keen to cast Salman Khan and Aishwarya after the success of his home production Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

On being asked about the upcoming film, which now stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, the 41-year-old actor said, “Even at the start of this movie, there was a certain casting that he was looking for. If that was to come to be... you all know that there was a possibility of me being ‘Mastani’ if there was a certain Bajirao (referring to Salman) he was trying to cast. 

But if that did not come to be then we had openly talked about it. It is not something to think over... fret over. Every film has its destiny and finds the way it is meant to be,” Aishwarya said. 

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