New Delhi: The media is abuzz with the reports of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan making a comeback to films with 'Happy Anniversary'. It is also reported that Abhishek Bachchan is going to play the male lead in the film, but will Aishwarya be able to regain the long lost top position with this film? The entertainment desk of IBNLive voiced diverse opinions on the subject, thus we decided to compile all the opinions in a logical way.
She is most welcome
Rohit Vats: Aishwarya's last film before the sabbatical was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Guzaarish', for which she received accolades at several award ceremonies. 'Enthiran' had also come in the same year, which means she was one of the best box-office baits at that time. She has remained in the public view throughout her pregnancy, so the issue of her being forgotten is also out of the frame.
Shomini Sen: She might have been a popular actress five years back but as of now, that place has been taken over. While her role in 'Happy Anniversary' is not known yet but would she be getting meaty roles post baby and marriage? Doubtful.
Charu Thakur: Aishwarya is indeed popular; there is no denying the fact. And, most of her fans want to see her back on screen and with her comeback wagon 'Happy Anniversary' we can hope that she is able to make the impression yet again. But that seems a far fetched idea as of now with many divas reigning over Bollywood.
She should reconsider her decision
Rohit: One thing that can go against her comeback is her image. Traditionally, the Hindi film audience is not very receptive towards the married heroines.
Shomini: I hope her role in 'Happy Anniversary' is as good as Sridevi's in 'English Vinglish'. Then one can safely say that, yes, Ash is here to stay.
Charu: Well, movie goers are accepting married women like Kareena and Vidya Balan. But, Aishwarya has been away from the silver screen for a long time and with the new breed of actresses like Deepika and Anushka ruling the roost, I don't think many would be interested to see Aishwarya's comeback.
Times are changing. And a star like Aishwarya Rai is always in demand
Rohit: She is still among the most popular and downloaded celebrities on internet. This gives a hint that her fan base is still intact.
Shomini: But in a male dominated industry how many roles are written keeping in mind the leading heroine? Also, barring some senior actors and her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, she hardly has heroes to work with.
Charu: Aishwarya Rai is indeed popular and people might want to see her again on screen. But there is no denying the fact that she would not get the desired roles.
Will Aishwarya be able to stay put in Bollywood in her second innings?
Rohit: Bollywood rarely comes up with stories like 'English Vinglish' which suits the actor's real age. And, the audience has evolved a lot in recent times.
Shomini: If she chooses off beat, artsy films, then it will be a wise decision on her part. Let Aishwarya create a niche for herself. She is still influential internationally so she can afford to take risks.
Charu: She would be able to make a mark only if she gets to play meaty roles. People are now more receptive but then you have to give them something extraordinary for them to accept you again.