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    Default Aishwarya Rai relies on memory instead of cheating

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    If theatre tests an actor’s true potential, films gloss over the shortcomings quite finely. The retakes, the cheat shots, the clever camera angles apart, the actors always have the option of getting their lengthy dialogues prompted. But no such tactics for Aishwarya Rai.

    While shooting the Tamil version of Mani Ratnam’s bilingual film Raavan, Ash had the option of using prompting, and she did opt for it in one scene but was not satisfied with the result.

    “I can't take prompting. First of all, I don't know the art of someone holding a placard and me reading it,” Aishwarya is quoted as saying by a news agency.

    Recalling a scene in which she relied on prompting, Ash said: “I tried it once, but it was such a flop because I was in the water and they were holding the placard behind the camera and suddenly Vikram enters the frame and he started acting his bit. Then I had to bank on my memory because Vikram came in front, blocking the placard.”

    In fact, working in the bilingual movie turned out to be nothing short of a linguistic challenge for its actors. Vikram who’s a Tamil superstar plays Ash’s hubby in the Hindi version and had to speak Hindi dialogues. On the other hand, Malayalam actor Prithviraj had to speak his dialogues in Tamil for the same role in the Tamil version
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