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After the release of her first English film, Bride & Prejudice, Aishwarya Rai talks about Tussauds, Chadha, and fashion.

Describe the experience of seeing your wax figure at Madame Tussauds.

(sighs) It's an absolute honour. They told me they usually take six months to make a wax image, but mine was done really fast, in about six weeks. I couldn't believe it! It was to coincide with the release of Bride & Prejudice in London. They miraculously managed. About my pose for the wax image -- they wanted to show me dancing, though not wildly. At first they wanted to dress up my wax figure in a glamorous, filmy way. But I felt this honour went well beyond my movie career. I chose (designer) Shahab Durrazi to do my sari.

Why a sari?

I think it's the perfect Indian fashion statement. I've worn saris from my modeling days. I find it so amusing when girls today say things like, 'Saris are the most sensuous outfits.' Back in my modeling days they used to call me 'vernacular' for wearing a sari. Saris are beautiful.

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Interview: Subhash K Jha
Design: Uday Kuckian
Photographs: Getty Images

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