Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan once corrected an interviewer who asked her if she was replaced in the film ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’. Speaking in an interview in 2004, the actress was asked if it was true and gave context to the situation.
‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’, starring Aamir Khan in the leading role, was directed by Ketan Mehta.
When the interviewer asked Aishwarya Rai if it bothers her, she told “What’s interesting is that you remember the words, like ‘replaced’, which you etched. The fact is, the situation was very different. And time and again, ever since that situation up until today, I have answered, that the producer, in fact, rendered me an apology, for the fact that he went out of line because of speaking the way that he did in the media, because of other pressures that he went through. There was a disagreement between him and my agents, and more than anything else, even up to the point of even pre-mahurat”.
“So that was an entirely different situation. The producer apologised to me…”, she added.
Ameesha Patel, in an interview with Wild Films India, spoke about the situation. She told in Hindi that “I was very happy. I didn’t get this role by being cunning. I got it on the basis of my credibility. They wanted an innocent, non-makeup look, and that’s why they approached me. I didn’t play any games. I felt honoured to be approached for such a grand film”.
Aishwarya Rai will be seen in ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ by Mani Ratnam.