Indian beauty Aishwarya Rai's dedication to her latest big screen role backfired when over-exposure to spices made her ill.

The 31-year-old began to suffer eye problems after spending too much time surrounded by the pungent substances during filming for Paul Mayeda Berges' MISTRESS OF SPICES.

An insider says, "Aishwarya plays the part of a young girl who's trained in the ancient art of spices, and she was so enthusiastic about the whole thing that she ended up spending longer amongst them than was good for her eyes.

"She was forced to go off sick, but nobody could be angry about it - it was hard not to laugh about it."

17/03/2005 14:00