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Just before she flew to the UK/US/Canada on a 45-day concert tour, to Paris for an L' Oreal shoot, to Italy for a Longines shoot, to London for a day's work on Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice, to Cannes for the opening ceremony of the famed film festival, Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood's reigning rani, revealed what life has been like 10 years after she won the Miss World Crown in an exclusive interview with rediff.com Senior Associate Editor Archana Masih.

Part I: Ash on The Rising Controversy
Part II: Ash on her global plans

What is the difference between working in India and working in Britain?

It is not necessarily only in English, but I think the moment you work in a different language the medium of cinema the atmosphere is a little different.

Frankly, anyway, in each unit it differs. To be blatantly honest, your experience can differ from unit to unit thereby from film to film irrespective of whatever language you are working in. Then if you go and work in a Tamil film there is a different ambience about that industry and the way that setup works -- which is different from the Hindi film industry.

  So the week-long workshop that we had was the perfect setup that we could work out because there was a wonderful exchange of how we work in our own industries and how we were all coming together to work in one film. It was truly Gurinder's biggest challenge and one of the most wonderful aspects of the film. We were from India, England, America and one of the US actors Martin (Henderson) is originally from New Zealand, so it was just wonderful because you are on a world stage, working with people from different parts of the world. It was great fun.

Photograph: Paresh Gandhi. Feature design: Uday Kuckian

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