Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is recognised as the most relentlessly influential actress of Bollywood. The scenario wasn’t the same always for the actress, in her initial days she was seen having a cold war with actress Manisha Koirala. Aishwarya was talk of the nation when she was announced as Miss World in year 1994, then with her acting career she attained heights in the industry and bagged many awards including Filmfare. Aishwarya was awarded a Padma Shri in 2009.
Controversies and grudges are no new to Bollywood, a controversy between Aishwarya and Manisha Koirala went down the pile over years. It all started when rumours were observed about Rajeev Mulchandani, then dating Aishwarya Rai had dumped her for Manisha Koirala.
As per the reports by Filmibeat, in 1999 the Jodha Akbar actor said, “In the beginning of ’94, a leading magazine came out with this ‘red hot scoop’. Rajeev was supposed to have dumped me for Manisha. I called up Rajeev the moment I came to know about this asking what all the crap was about. Rajeev was a very good friend of mine nothing beyond that. I told him I didn’t want to get roped into their love story. After two months, they weren’t seeing each other. Manisha was seeing a different guy every second month”.
“Time passed by and around ’95 I’d come down to India as Miss World who was visiting India. That was when I saw Bombay in Tamil and thought it was brilliant. I’d reached Bombay on 1st April, and coincidentally, Rajeev called me. I was exclaiming to him about how excellent Manisha was in the film and that I was planning to send her a bouquet to congratulate her. At that, he laughed at me and asked me whether or not I had been reading the papers. He informed me that Manisha claimed that she’d discovered some love letters that Rajeev had written to me”.
She added, “I couldn’t believe it! It came as a very rude shock to me. I mean, if there was any kind of authenticity to this article, why didn’t this piece of information come out in July ’94? If that was the reason for her split with Rajeev in a couple of months, then why brood on it for nine whole months and then come out in the open?”
Aishwarya said that the whole episode made her feel depressed and she cried for days, “I never wanted to be bracketed with any particular name. But today the media has played it up so much that if somebody takes my name, Manisha’s name comes to mind instantly and vice-versa. Today, it’s four years after that incident, but she still keeps bringing that topic up. It naturally means that all this is stemming from something else and not merely a lost relationship,” the Taal actor added further.
Inspite of everything happened Aishwarya said that she wishes Manisha a very happy life and she doesn’t hold any grudges. She said, “You won’t believe this but I feel no bitterness or resentment towards Manisha. In fact, I hope she finds happiness soon. That sense of stability may make her feel more secure and calm her down in life”.