Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play the role of courtesan turned theatre personality Noti Binodini in her biopic directed by Pradeep Sarkar?

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It won't be wrong to say Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the highly graceful and elegant actresses in Bollywood currently. From her expressions to flawless acting skills, the actress is a treat on the silver screens. Now, as the 46-year-old Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star is shooting for Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan, reports indicated that she is considering her next film with Pradeep Sarkar. As per reports of a leading daily, Aishwarya is in talks with the veteran filmmaker for the biopic on courtesan turned theatre personality-Binodini Dasi. Better known as Noti Binodini, she went on to rule the Bengali theatre in around 1880s. According to sources close to the film, Aishwarya heard the narration and also liked the character graph. The biopic will draw references from Binodini's audio biography titled Amar Katha.

"The movie will be based on chapters from Binodini's autobiography, Amar Katha. Producer Vasant Thakkar has procured the rights to the book. The story will begin in Binodini's old age, well after she has retired from theatre, as she looks back on her life and reflects on the men who exploited her. Aishwarya loved the narration and character graph. She has given a verbal nod, but will sign on the dotted line only after reading the final script," the source told.

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Prior to Aishwarya, it was being said Deepika Padukone and Vidya Balan were approached for the same, but they declined the offer. Pradeep, previously, worked with Vidya in Parineeta and with Deepika in Lafangey Parindey.

Speaking of Noti Binodini, she was born in 1862 and was under the apprenticeship of Girish Chandra Ghosh. She began performing at a tender age of 12. With her career span of 12 years and having done nearly 80 stage performances, Binodini took retirement. But, during her tenure in theatre, she won hearts with her European genre acts and was immensely loved by European theatre admirers. Soon, she acquired the title of 'the flower of native stages' and also had Ramkrishna Paramhansa watch her act at National Theatre in 1884. 

(Source: Mid-Day)

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