Aishwarya, riding high indeed!

Aishwarya, riding high indeed!
Friday, December 15, 2006 13:37 IST
By Subhash K Jha , Santa Banta News Network

Now that her problems with the customs department have ended, there are joyful tidings for Aishwarya Rai.

She's back in Jaipur shooting with Hrithik Roshan for Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodha-Akbar.

"It's going great!" Ash exults from Jaipur as she prepares for the day's shoot.

So has she done any horse riding and sword-fighting as yet? "None of the above. But I rode an elephant for a scene. And his name was Lakhi.

After Dhoom 2 and its hi-tech ambience and accessories, entering a world of elephants and Mughal grandeur is a true culture shock.

And a real challenge for both Hrithik and me after Dhoom. But what's the life of an actor without challenges? I'm at a stage in my career where I need to constantly re-invent myself."

About the elephant ride, Ash explains with a giggle, "It wasn't exactly a unique experience. I've ridden an elephant before for Gurinder Chaddha's Bride & Prejudice, though very briefly. In Jodha-Akbar everything is far more elaborate. I guess I must be the only actress of my generation to have taken two elephant rides."
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