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Late night with Aishwarya Rai
- Shruti Bhasin           Let us know what you think about this feature article

Aishwarya Rai, appeared on the famous late-night American talk show with David Letterman. For those of you unfamiliar with David Letterman, he is a late-night talk show host who is watched by millions on CBS.

India’s very own, Aishwarya Rai, made her debut on the show (on February 8, 2005) to promote the upcoming release of Bride and Prejudice (Balle Balle Amritsar to L.A.) in the overseas market this week.

So did Ms. Rai do a good job of representing the Indian cinema industry?

Well, its safe to say that Aishwarya looked quite nervous on tv, because she kept giggling and cracking herself up with small jokes.

David Letterman began the segment by asking Aishwarya how “Bollywood” came about and other such small questions about India’s culture (old kids living with their parents, languages, etc.). Letterman was professional and would crack a joke here and there and Aishwarya would just reply with a “Yes” or a hysterical giggle.

Its nice to see Aishwarya was a bit humble and did not claim she was the biggest global star. Throughout the show, she was referred to as: “The most beautiful woman in the world”; “A fantastic actress”; and finally “The biggest movie star in the world”. Not all of the above statements are true, but its refreshing to see an Indian actress moving ahead in the Western world, like she wanted.

Her future Hollywood releases include: Chaos with Meryl Streep and Racing the Monsoon with Michael Douglas.

Who will be the next superstar to take the leap overseas? We’ll just have to wait and see!


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