Aishwarya reveals Shah Rukh had her removed from five films
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan will come together on-screen in Karan Johar’s Diwali release ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, 14 long years after their blockbuster ‘Devdas’. Albeit, Shah Rukh will play a cameo, reportedly in the role of Aishwarya’s husband in the upcoming film.
Ahead of the film’s release, an old video has surfaced on the internet in which the former Miss World admits that she was signed on to star opposite the her ‘Devdas’ co-star for five more films, but was ultimately removed from those big banner projects.
The video is from an old episode of popular chat show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’, where the host asks Aishwarya why she and Shah Rukh haven’t been paired in a film. The actress says, "There were a couple of films that were supposed to happen with me. But suddenly they weren't happening, without any reason whatsoever. I have never had the answer to why."
Aishwarya was supposed to star in ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and also ‘Veer-Zaara’. It is well known that Aishwarya had commenced the shooting for ‘Chalte Chalte’, but her then boyfriend Salman Khan landed up on the sets and created a ruckus and also disrupted the shoot. This caused a delay in filming after which Rani Mukherjee stepped in and replaced Aishwarya.
When asked how she felt after being replaced by other actresses, Aishwarya said, “It wasn't my decision. You obviously are taken aback, confused and of course hurt. You wonder about it.”
Aishwarya said that she never asked Shah Rukh about the reasons why she was removed saying, "It's not in my nature to ask someone. If they have to explain, they will do it on their own. If they never did, they never intend to. I would probably question within myself but I wouldn't go up to a person and ask why."
Reportedly, Aishwarya was also offered Deepika Padukone's role in ‘Happy New Year’, but she refused it.
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, which also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan, is slated to hit screens on October 28.