Is your Tamil as good as Hindi?
"No, no it was memorising and delivering. But if you keep
it in front of me, I would be able to pick it up and do it again,"
Asked whether she could give equal energy to both the Tamil
and Hindi versions of the film, Aishwarya said: "As an
actor I have tried giving as much, if not more, when I am working
in the Tamil version because I would not want to be accused
of trying to give more to one language than the other. Both
were equally important to me as I have genuinely worked on two
The former beauty queen says though she and Abhishek don't
take their personal relationship to the sets of a movie, their
natural chemistry reflects on camera.
"We, of course, separate our personal life in front of
the camera. But when Abhishek and me are framed together, you
naturally see the connection. Even if it was another Hindi actor,
may be you would see a more natural connection than you would
see between Vikram and me but that is not because of anything
else but probably the familiarity of seeing people together."
Talking about Vikram, she said: "Vikram and I were new
to each other. After doing 'Iruvar', a lot of films in the south
were offered to me with a lot of different actors, him included.
My schedules didn't allow me to do south films. I am doing two
films this year, 'Raavan' and 'Endhiran'.
"Vikram is senior to both Abhishek and me in terms of
experience. Having said that, what's wonderful about working
with Mani is that all the actors who come to the table are literally
like students who are working for the first time. So no one
got down to recognise anyone's seniority or experience or familiarity
or personal relationship like Abhishek and me."
In the Tamil version, Vikram is playing the antagonist Beera,
while Prithviraj will be seen as Aishwarya's cop husband.
"Mani would always go with the Hindi version first. The
beauty of cinema or experience we already have has built an
ability to suddenly transport us into a so-called almost fresh
Tamil film. Vikram had brought his best to the fore without
this assumption that Abhishek has just done it before him. As
he is also playing Dev (her husband) in the Hindi version, Mani
never brought these two chapters (Beera in Tamil and Dev in
Hindi) at the same time, except one fight scene where Vikram
didn't have to switch between Dev and Beera.
"Prithviraj has done a very commendable job as Dev in
the Tamil version. Specially because Vikram is a Tamil-speaking
actor who has done Hindi, Prithviraj, a Malayalam-speaking actor,
has done Tamil; so we have all challenged ourselves beyond the
norm and really worked hard to make this film."
But she refused to answer who's better as Beera - Abhishek