The Salman-Aishwarya love story
The love story of Salman Khan and the former Miss. World Aishwarya Rai is the stuff of Bollywood legend. The famous love affair started when they were shooting for the film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and they literally gave their hearts to each other. The macho superstar and the lovely damsel made a stunning couple. The media gossip columns just couldn’t stop writing about them. Things were hunky dory between the two in the years 1999 to 2001. They were always seen together and the neighbors of Aishwarya frequently saw Salman visiting her flat.
However, this was a love story that was never meant to be successful. The couple broke up in March 2002 and Aishwarya said she took the decision as Salman admitted that he was not faithful to her. But possessive Salman Khan couldn’t accept the denial and retaliated back. She later stated, “The Salman Khan chapter was a nightmare in my life and I am thankful to god that it is over.”
Aishwarya accused Salman of harassing her and her family. Even the Rai family formally lodged police complaint against the misbehaving actor. The intoxicated actor was found hounding the actress, hurling abuse to her and breaking the window glasses of her apartment and even breaking up the furniture. Aishwarya talked about this painful phase in her life as, “After we broke up, he would call me and talk rubbish. He also suspected me of having affairs with my co-stars. I was linked up with everyone, from Abhishekh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. There were times when Salman got physical with me, luckily without leaving any marks. And I would go to work as if nothing had happened.”
During the shooting of the film, “Kuch Na Kaho” Salman entered the film set and after having an argument with her he pushed her down to the ground. Incidentally Abhishek Bachchan was her hero in the film.
A couple of months later the same thing happened in the sets of a film where Aishwarya was acting with Shah Rukh Khan. As the quarrel between the couple became heated, Shah Rukh tried to intervene between the two but Salman didn’t like it and hurled abuse at Shah Rukh Khan as well. This soured the relation between the two actors and the bad blood between the two still continues till date.
As a result of these violent incidents other actors started to shy away from acting with her but she gradually overcame all the obstacles to establish herself as a successful heroine of the tinsel town.
Salman Khan reflecting on his love affair said, “I love Aishwarya. I am not hounding her. It’s not a teenage obsession that I feel for her — it’s pure love. She’s such a traditional Hindustani girl at the bottom of her heart. The fact that she respects her parents so much makes me admire her more.” (Hindustan Times, 2002).