The Exclusive Ash Interview

Ok, so the headline is deceptive. Big deal. Anyway, if you recall, 60 Minutes did this interview with Aishwarya Rai in which she was seen giggling moronically most of the time. None of her answer made too much sense. However, we realized that the problem was not with the answer, but with the questions CBS’ Bob Simon asked her. So, here’s another version of the interview with the correct questions:

Why is there such a huge population problem in India?

Ash: I'd assume that's really a reflection of our society. Of course people kiss and of course people have a very healthy love life. This is the land of the Kama Sutra.

I understand you were involved with the Ram Janambhoomi movement but had to quit it because of your acting commitments?

Ash: It makes me feel guilty. I'll be very honest. When there's a distraction at the place of worship I kinda get a bit guilty. And I kind of say, 'Lord, forgive me. This isn't intended.'

Is the pot in India of good quality? You look a little stoned…

Ash: I am really ok with the way I look, It's fine. All this is transient. I mean, it's really, you know, it changes with time, and that's the external.

I understand that you are really fond of your pets: A mongoose, a hoolock gibbon and Salman Khan?

Ash: We hardly get to meet each other except on the one odd day we really get to spend time, have dinner together. And that's rare, and we cherish it.

Did an interest in the S&M scene get you into a relationship with Salman Khan? You like being submissive?

Ash: It’s just about being open to life and trying different things out.

I hear that you’re planning on doing your first mainstream film in America, though it’s hardcore porn…

Ash: We'll cross the bridge when we reach it. But yeah. We - let's see. We'll work on the story, work on the scene. I'll work on the part and, and let's see.

Your fans will love such a film…

Ash: It would definitely be a topic of discussion. They're gonna enjoy it.

You think India refusing aid for tsunami victims was the right choice?

Ash: There are so many Indians who have expressed so much of pride. They look at this as such a positive possibility.

Some critics call you a “real ham”, how do you react to that?

Ash: Well, when people call me “real”, I love it. And it has a lot of meaning. It means a lot to me and it's touching. People would see that and acknowledge it.

[ First published: February 1, 2005   Last updated: March 30, 2011 ]

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