The former Miss World, 41, who is making a comeback to the big screen after five years with "Jazbaa", said there was a perception in people's mind that she will opt for glamorous role but she preferred otherwise.
"When I chose to start my career with 'Iruvar', I genuinely believed I was liberating myself as an actor. I came to the industry after Miss World, modelling... There was obvious perception that 'Aishwarya Rai means glamour'.”
"So when I chose to work with Mani Ratnam in a south Indian film like 'Iruvar', which had Mohanlal, Revathi, Tabu, I wanted to be free as an artist. I didn't want to be in the mould of perception... I wanted to be free from this perception," she told reporters here during the promotion of the film in the capital.
In the Sanjay Gupta-directed film, which releases this Friday, Aishwarya plays a doting mother of a girl child. The mother of one took insights from her real life to portray the character of Anuradha Verma.
"There was no apprehension of playing a mother. I would have chosen this film five years ago too but the difference is today I am a mother. So, I am playing Anuradha Verma in agiven situation, I do know what a mother is experiencing. I have brought the truth towards acting through this film."


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