Blockbusters rejected by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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Published by Bhavya Shah on 25 Jun 2022

Former Miss World fame and Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been one of the most followed actresses in the Bollywood fraternity. While she has been a part of some iconic and popular films over the years, she has also rejected films that went on to become epic blockbusters.

1.) Bajirao Mastani

Critically acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani, which starred Bollywood couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, was originally going to star Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as after the success of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was reportedly keen on having his popular jodi back. However, owing to her ugly break up with Salman, it is said that Rai rejected the film.

2.) Heroine

Director Madhur Bhandarkar had initially announced his film, ‘Heroine’ with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However, the actress got pregnant with her first child then and could not be a part of the film. Eventually, the filmmaker replaced her with Kareena Kapoor Khan.

3.) Chalte Chalte

A few people know that the female lead part of the Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee starrer was originally offered to Aishwariya. However, it was rumoured that she was, at that time, going through trying times amid her relationship with Salman Khan, and that she couldn’t concentrate on her professional commitments. Hence, the actress backed out of the film and the makers replaced her with Rani Mukerji.

4.) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Karan Johar’s directorial debut ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ was a rage in the box office and it is said that the filmmaker had then approached many actresses including his childhood friend Twinkle Khanna and Aishwariya Rai for the role of Tina in the movie. In an interview dating back to 2013, she revealed the same and as an explanation as to why she did not take up the role, she said, “If I’d done the film, it would have been tittered that, ‘Look, Aishwarya Rai is back to doing what she did in her modelling days—leaving her hair straight, wearing minis, and pouting glamorously into the camera.’ Ultimately, the hero goes back to the more real person. I know if I’d done ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, I would have been lynched”.


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