Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was offered the role of Briseis in the film Troy featuring Brad Pitt. She however declined the role. The reasons she gave for refusing the role were that she had her hands full in Bollywood and due to the differences in working environment in Hollywood and Bollywood, she felt she would not feel comfortable working in the West.
Aishwarya revealed that she was excited to be offered such a huge film but she was told that it would take about 6-9 months of time which would hamper her commitments in Bollywood. She stated ”Films in the West and here work differently in the sense that they meet you and then they say ‘green lit’ and then they lock you off for a period of time because of the insurances. The way the entire film schedule is, you are locked off, which was very new for me.”
The film Troy was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starred Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger. Rose Byrne played the role of Briseis. Aishwarya had earlier acted in Hollywood films including Bride and Prejudice, The Mistress of Spices, The Last Legion. The Pink Panther2 etc.
She was last seen in Bollywood in Fanney starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao that was released in 2018.