MUMBAI, April 29, 2010 (AFP) – Bollywood’s leading couple, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, are teaming up for their first film together in two years, hoping to harness the power of the Internet to make it a box office hit.
“Raavan,” with music by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” composer A.R. Rahman, is a modern-day take on The Ramayana epic of Hindu mythology, which sees Raavan, ruler of Sri Lanka, abduct the wife of Lord Ram, Sita.
The couple star as an on-screen couple, Beera and Ragini, and have described the film, which hits screens next month, as their most challenging to date.
The Hindi-language movie is largely set in the sweltering jungles of central Madya Pradesh state, and the actors braved snakes, leeches and stood for hours under waterfalls during shooting.
“After a point, we stopped acting. We are just reacting naturally,” Bachchan, 34, told reporters in Mumbai last weekend.
Bachchan and Rai were last seen together on the big screen in “Guru” in 2007 and the thriller “Sarkar Raj” (Rule of the Overlord) in 2008.
“Guru,” said to be loosely based on the life of tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani, was a hit — attributed in part to interest in the couple before their high-society wedding that