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Engagement has not marred Aishwarya's Hollywood dream
By Sheeraz Hasan, IANS
Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai continues to get offers from Hollywood despite getting engaged to Abhishek Bachchan, says her international manager Simone Sheffield.
Rubbishing reports that the engagement had spiked Aishwarya's Hollywood prospects, Sheffield told www.hollywood.tv: "Everyone is thrilled with her engagement and we have received thousands of email and cards from her well-wishers."
Aishwarya is one of the few Indian actresses known in Hollywood, particularly after her "Bride and Prejudice". Her "Last Legion" is releasing in Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain in April.
She also got an offer to act in "Provoked", which got rave reviews at film festivals worldwide. "Provoked" is also slated for an April release in the US, Britain and India during the Easter weekend, Sheffield said.
Asked if Aishwarya has any future in Hollywood, Sheffield said: "Yes, by all means. But it is totally up to her what films she chooses to accept.
"She got many offers but she did not accept the roles due to the subject matter, script or schedule. It will take an extra special film to get her back here working in Hollywood in the future."
She also said that Aishwarya was being considered for the roles for not only her looks but acting skills as well.
"Her acting abilities are subtle, quiet yet strong and her beauty just screams in your face. But take note, she has done quite a few films that downplay her beauty. To Aishwarya, beauty is temporary but real beauty is within and eternal."
She admits that her films have not done extraordinarily well but that critics have been supportive of her.
"Her films did just okay but she received the most encouraging reviews. The critics have been good to her (in Hollywood) and looking forward to her future Hollywood releases. When she makes a live appearance, top photographers make it a point to be present there."