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‘World's most beautiful woman’ ponders kiss

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai has never done on-screen smooch
/ Source: Reuters

Aishwarya Rai, one of the major stars of India’s prim film industry, won’t rule out kissing in films when she makes the transition from “Bollywood” to Hollywood — although she says it is certain to create a minor scandal among her fans.

In an interview aired Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Rai, recently named by a British magazine as the world’s most beautiful woman, danced around the subject of screen sex which is banned in India, but a staple in Western movies.

“We’ll cross the bridge when we reach it,” she said, adding, “We’ll work on the story, work on the scene. I’ll work on the part and — and let’s see.

Rai, the star of the new British film “Bride and Prejudice,” is considering several projects that will bring her to Hollywood. Although fans have created more than 17,000 Web sites devoted to her and her beauty compared to Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Elizabeth Taylor, Rai is virtually unknown in the United States.

She’s never kissed on screen — even after 24 films because kissing is taboo in the Indian cinema and said if she did kiss someone on screen in a Hollywood movie, it would cause some hubbub among fans.

“It would definitely be a topic of discussion ...They’re going to enjoy (talking about it) ... In our society, you don’t really see people around the street corner kissing or being extremely or overtly physically demonstrative,” she said.