To accept Sanjay Dutt as a Booker Prize-winning author, in itself, was pushing it a bit afar. But to cast Aishwarya Rai in a film that needed emoting! Now, how can that pass the attention of Pritish Nandy, the film's producer? 'Shabd' was poorly made and the film was all the more made insufferable because of rank bad acting by the three lead actors - Rai, Dutt and Zayed Khan.