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Umrao JaanAishwarya's look in Umrao Jaan arouses curiosity
01st Sept 2006  16.00 IST
By Neha Kewal  


When one of the most beautiful women in the world goes behind the veil, it is natural for her fans to be curious.

As J.P. Dutta's most awaited venture Umrao Jaan is coming close to its release, the cine lovers are getting curious about Aishwarya Rai 's look in the movie.




The director has still not disclosed much about her look and has kept Ash's all-new avatar under wraps. After Devdaas it will be Ash's second movie in which she will be seen portraying a character from history.

In order to create a right look for Ash's character of the courtesan and poetess Umrao Jaan in the film, Dutta is said to have gone into meticulous detail in costumes and jewellery. He has also created the authentic ambience by using the right architecture and antique items.

But more than the costumes and ambience, it is the performance of the leading actors on which the success of the movie hinges.

According to Dutta, Ash has worked intelligently to bring the right nuances in the mannerisms and body language of her character. The movie's dialogues are in Urdu and Ash had to get the right voice modulation to bring conviction to her performance.

The movie is a musical love story of a courtesan Umrao Jaan based on Mirza Mohammed Haadi Ruswa's novel. In 1981, filmmaker Muzaffar Ali directed the first screen adaptation of Ruswa's book, starring Rekha in the title role. Rekha won a National Award for her performance.

It goes without saying that cinegoers will compare Ash's performance with Rekha and it will be a great challenge for Ash to match up to her predecessor's style.

J. P. Dutta insists that his film is not a remake of Muzaffar Ali's 'Umrao Jaan', but an original take on the courtesan's life, based on the script written by his father O.P. Dutta.

The flick will mark Dutta's comeback after LoC Kargil and his first experiment with a women-centric theme. Most of Dutta's previous flicks were based on warfront, which left little scope for his female cast.

The movie buffs are also curious to see the chemistry between Ash and Abhishek Bachchan who will pair opposite each other in this film after Kuch Naa Kaho .

'Umrao Jaan', made on a budget of Rs. 200 million, was shot mainly in Jaipur. It also stars Shabana Azmi , Sunil Shetty , Arshad Warsi and Kulbhushan Kharbanda .

The lyrics of the film are written by Javed Akhtar and the music is composed by Anu Malik.

The film is slated to release this Diwali.



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