Aishwarya Rai on not doing Padmaavat with Bhansali: He couldn’t get ‘Khilji’ for me !

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been in the news these days as her movie Fanney Khan has released and it has been getting a mixed response from the audience. Now we all know Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one director who brings out the best in actors and one such female actor was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have worked together in several movies; from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to Guzaarish. There has been speculation about them working in other films after that. It was reported that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to make Bajirao Mastani with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai. However, after their bitter split, the project happened with Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

Now, in a latest interview , Aishwarya has revealed that Bhansali had also offered the role of Rani Padmavati to her first and it was only after she refused to do the film is when the director went to Deepika Padukone and cast her instead.


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When asked when she will say ‘YES’ to a Bhansali project, she said, “Bajirao Mastani also we were supposed to do together. He didn’t get the Bajirao for me. He didn’t get the Khilji 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. I would love to work together.”

In Padmaavat, released earlier this year, Deepika Padukone played the character of Rani Padmavati while Ranveer Singh played the character of Khilji. The film did quite well at the Box Office.

Here’s wishing we get to see Aish and Bhansali working together very soon!