Everybody loves a comeback in Bollywood circles and when the spotlight’s on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s return to celluloid, the media frenzy can only wind up a few notches.
The Indian film fraternity is abuzz with rumours that Rai Bachchan has all but signed on the dotted line for her big screen comeback, with none other than one of her favourite directors, Mani Ratnam.
The award winning filmmaker, who directed her in first film “Iruvar”, followed by films “Guru” and “Raavan” is said to be working on his next script – an author-backed role that would serve as the perfect platform for Rai Bachchan’s return to celluloid.
Ratnam is said to be in the process of adapting Daphne Du Maurier’s 1938 novel “Rebecca” for the big screen, and Rai Bachchan is said to be top choice to play the protagonist, Mrs de Winter.
However, fans who are eager to see the actress back on screen will have to wait for more than a year, with the film only expected to go on the floors by end of next year, with a probably release date in 2014.
The psychological thriller was adapted into a film in 1940, directed by the late Alfred Hitchcock, earning it 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Director, Actor (Laurence Olivier) and Actress (Joan Fontaine), while winning two trophies that included Best Picture.
The original “Rebecca” narrates the story of Mrs de Winter, the newly married second wife of a wealthy man who is haunted by comparisons to the deceased spouse, Rebecca, by the housekeeper after she moves to her husband’s remote mansion.
However, Rebecca’s life and death is shrouded in mystery and Mrs de Winter is forced to uncover the truth before it’s too late.
While no name has cropped up as yet to essay the role of Rebecca in Ratnam’s version, insiders are questioning whether Rai Bachchan would be interested in sharing screen time with another female lead.
Only time will tell.