October 20, 2003 - Hollywood, California
Aishwarya Rai is in discussions to play opposite Meryl Streep in "Chaos", directed by Coline Serreau anticipated to begin filming in March 2004. The film is an English language remake of the director's critically-acclaimed French drama. Rai will play the part of the young woman who is helped out of recovery by Streep's character, after being badly beaten by street thugs.
It will be the second English-language film for Bollywood superstar Rai, who's currently filming "Bride & Prejudice" with co-star Martin Henderson ("The Ring"), for director Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). Rai is also signed to star in the IMAX presentation
"Taj Mahal" for release in 2005. Rai will portray the role of
Mumtaz, for whom the Taj Mahal was constructed.
The Indian beauty is a global phenomenon, with over 17,000 websites worldwide honoring her. Her own official website has been launched,
www.AishwaryaWorld.com, and the amount of hits in the first month alone caused the servers to shut down twice.
In India, Rai has a Garbo-like mystique and is seldom seen at parties or other self-promotion based events and will not talk about her private affairs. "Ash", as she is widely known, is scheduled to meet the heads of every major studio in Hollywood, during her Stateside trip in November, where she will complete the filming of "Bride".