Even after the debacle of Raavan, critically acclaimed filmmakers continue to adore Aishwarya. Vishal Bhardwaj who's known for metamorphosing the career graph of actors, has signed Aishwarya Rai for a woman-centric project, slated for release in 2011.
Interestingly, the director who's credited with metamorphosing the career graphs of actors like Vidya Balan (Ishqiya) and Priyanka Chopra (Kaminey), faced rejection from Aishwarya Rai twice over.
A source close to the actress tells a daily, "Vishal and Aishwarya have a history of misses. Years ago, she was supposed to do his first directorial venture, Timbucktoo. This year too, she was approached for Saat Khoon Maaf, but she didn`t have the dates and the film eventually went to Priyanka Chopra."
"Aishwarya had liked the script for Saat Khoon Maaf. But 2010 has been an especially busy year for her, what with five films releasing. Vishal couldn`t wait, and he went to Priyanka Chopra. It happens. Even Prakash Jha`s Raajneeti was first offered to Priyanka Chopra. When she couldn`t do it, Katrina got it," continues the source.
Aishwarya Rai confirms to Mumbai Mirror, and said, "Yes, Vishal and I have been meaning to work together for quite some time. Things are working out now. He feels I`ve been saying no far too often, but it wasn`t my fault. Things finally are falling into place."
All's well that ends well.