Jun 24, 2009

Jaya Bachchan: Aishwarya deserved best actress award

There was a controversy at IIFA 2009 in Macau, Ashutosh Gowariker director of Jodhaa Akbar, publicly said that Aishwarya deserved the best actress award for Jodhaa Akbar, not Priyanka Chopra for Fashion.

The whole Bollywood was shocked by Ashutosh’s comments, he said the same about Rock On at Star Screen Awards 2009 earlier this year and now his outburst against his next leading lady Priyanka Chopra.However Jaya Bachchan is supporting Ashutosh’s outburst, clearly stating that Ash deserved the award.

Jaya Bachchan’s name was mentioned by Ashutosh during the outburst, to which Jaya replies, First of all it is being presumed that Ashutosh unnecessarily mentioned my name regarding Aishwarya’s omission from the awards. The fact is, I suggested he bring up the question on stage at IIFA. We were discussing why Aishwarya has not been given any award for Jodhaa-Akbar and I suggested Ashutosh bring up the matter. So when he mentioned my name he wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

“The entire principal cast and crew of Jodhaa-Akbar have been rightly nominated for the popular awards and have won also. I find it very strange that Aishwarya who lived her part and looked every inch the royal Rajasthani queen in her body language and overall performance was ignored.”

For all I know she must be really good in Fashion. I haven’t seen it. But I’ve seen Priyanka’s work in Dostana and liked it. She’s undoubtedly a good actress. I don’t have any objection to her winning the award at IIFA. But I wonder why Aishwarya’s fine performance was ignored. I think she and the Jodhaa-Akbar cinematographer Kiran Deohans richly deserved recognition for their work.”

So folks do you think Aishwayra should have walked away with all the trophies this year instead of Priyanka Chopra.

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