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Aishwarya Rai speaks to Subhash K Jha about her new release, Rituparno Ghosh's Raincoat, also starring Ajay Devgan. The film will release on December 24.

After Chokher Bali, you have paired up with Rituparno Ghosh again in Raincoat.

During Chokher Bali, Ritu and I developed a wonderful rapport. He is always brimming over with ideas. How I got Raincoat was very interesting. The media went on about how Kareena Kapoor was first approached for the film. What they don't know was that I was approached, but the dates Ritu wanted were allotted to Bride & Prejudice. Then he spoke to Kareena, who also had a date issue. So Ritu returned to me.

After Chokher Bali, I was very excited about working with Ritu again. Ajay Devgan and I were looking forward to working together in a worthy project after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

Does Raincoat take the two of you into the same mood?

Tough question! Ajay and I are basically intense human beings. We naturally gravitate towards sensitive roles. I think audiences like our chemistry. After Hum Dilů we never got roles to sink our teeth into.

Oddly, we came together in David Dhawan's Hum Kisise Kam Nahin and Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee where we hardly had anything to do.

In Raincoat, we sniffed out the potential it offered us as actors. It was a great learning [experience] for the entire cast and crew.

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