Aishwarya reveals about playing 'Mastani' and Salman as 'Bajirao'


The magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's dream project which he helmed years back and planned to make with his two most favourite stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan and with whom the ace filmmakers worked in ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ but destiny has stored something different. After the equation between Salman and Aishwarya changed, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ also shelved but it relived years back with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone playing the lead role.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was earlier supposed to play Mastani in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’, says she does not regret not being a part of the magnum opus project.

On being asked about the film, the 41-year-old actress said, “Even at the start of this movie (‘Bajirao Mastani’), there was a certain casting that he was looking for. If that was to come to be… you all know that there was a possibility of me being ‘Mastani’ if there was a certain Bajirao (referring to Salman) he was trying to cast.

“But if that did not come to be then we had openly talked about it. It is not something to think over… fret over. Every film has its destiny and finds the way it is meant to be,” Aishwarya told PTI.

Aishwarya who worked with Bhansali in blockbusters ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Devdas’ speaks on her equation with Bhansali. “It is a very close bond that I share with him and because of that creativity we share close personal bond. My relationship with certain filmmakers is personally strong. And it is not only about work,” she said.

Aishwarya's comeback vehicle 'Jazbaa', directed by Sanjay Gupta is slated for October 9 release.