Sanjay Leela Bhansali has worked with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in three films and shares a wonderful rapport with her. Reportedly, Deepika Padukone is being reminded of Bhansali's admiration for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the sets of Ram Leela.
Mid Day reported on Tuesday that Sanjay Leela Bhansali often addresses Deepika Padukone as Ash or Aishwarya at the sets of Ram Leela. The daily quoted a source as saying, "There have been so many occasions that after a shot Bhansali would say 'Nice shot Ash' or 'Ash, let's do the next scene like this' while talking to Deepika."
Apparently, Bhansali's assistant directors have to remind the director that he is working with Deepika, not Aishwarya.
Aishwarya Rai has worked in three major projects with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Guzaarish were the three mega-budget films where the two worked together. Ash is said to have developed a warm bonding with her director right from her first film.