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Aishwarya Rai confirms she, and not Deepika Padukone, was the first choice for Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan revealed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered both Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat to her.

bollywood Updated: Aug 05, 2018 20:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Aishwarya Rai,Deepika Padukone,Aishwarya Rai Bajirao Mastani
Aishwarya Rai hopes to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali soon. (IANS)

Padmaavat is one of the biggest and the first blockbluster of 2018. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali went through a lot of trouble before his film made it to the screen because of Karni Sena and their protest about Rajasthani culture being destroyed. Deepika Padukone received death threats for playing Rani Padmini in the film, but all of this could have been faced by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

That is right! Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first choice for Rani Padmini was Aishwarya and the actor herself confessed this in an interview with Spotboye. She said, “He didn’t get the Bajirao for me. He wanted me to do Padmaavat, but could not get the Khilji for me, at the casting time. So, that’s how it didn’t happen.”

She also added, “So, at the end of the day, you need to see the casting. If the casting is not happening, then sometimes, it doesn’t come together. The intention is always there to work together, but it didn’t happen. We both loved working with each other, so let’s see, whenever it is meant to be.” According to reports, Bhansali initially wanted to make Bajirao Mastani with Aishwarya and Salman Khan but the project couldn’t happen after their ugly break-up. The film finally happened with Deepika and Ranveer.

Aishwarya has previously worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, both of which were huge hits at the box office.

Aishwarya’s recent film Fanney Khan released on August 3 and has received mixed reviews so far.

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First Published: Aug 05, 2018 20:06 IST