Very rarely an actor-director duo manages to cast their spell on the 70 mm everytime they come together. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one such duo who always manages to impress the audience whenever they collaborate. From Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to Guzaarish, the actor-director duo has given us some great films and every time there are reports of them teaming up, we can’t help but take notes.
Bajirao Mastani we were supposed to do together. He didn’t get the Bajirao for me. He didn’t get the Khilji for me; He wanted me to do Padmaavat, but could not get the Khilji for me, at the casting time. So, that’s how it didn’t happen. I would love to work together.
While we were quite sad about this, a recent report has left us surprised. A source close to the filmmaker revealed that Aishwarya was never offered Padmaavat or even Bajirao Mastani.
It was also reported that Aishwarya was offered Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, both of which are untrue. When Bajirao Mastani was first announced over a decade ago, it was with Kareena Kapoor Khan. Padmaavat too was offered only to Deepika Padukone, who was the first choice. Aishwarya has not been offered any Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed the film after Guzaarish.
The filmmaker is wondering where these rumours are stemming from, however, the fact that the two share a great rapport and are friends could be a reason for people and the media alike to jump to conclusions.
We hope that Aishwarya and SLB team up for a film super soon!