Abhishek is Mani’s ‘Maaple’

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who described Mani Ratnam as a special person in her life, has said the ace filmmaker would always have that special place for being the first director in her career.

“He calls me Kannah and calls Abhishek as ‘maaple.’ It’s truly is a fabulous and learning experience to act in his films. Each time it becomes more special and you start to look forward to the next opportunity,” the actress has said.

On their recent venture ‘Raavanan’, she said, “The challenge for me as well as Mani too, who too admitted recently, was doing Hindi and Tamil simultaneously. He had my confidence soaring high working in the movie because he would do the entire scene in one take in Tamil and then go to Hindi, encouraging me.

Mani would always put us in challenging situations. So everybody is honest, alert and committed and I think there isn’t an opportunity for a lazy moment.”

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