Recently, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave her clarification over reports of choosing Anurag Kashyap over Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Now, Sanjay Leela Bhansali too has given a clarification from his side and said that he never approached Ash for either ‘Padmaavat’ or ‘Bajirao Mastani’?
According to a source close to SLB, the filmmaker reportedly never approached Aishwarya for either Bajirao Mastani or Padmaavat. The source said, “It was also reported that Aishwarya was offered Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, both of which are untrue. When Bajirao Mastani was first announced over a decade ago, it was with Kareena Kapoor Khan. Padmaavat too was offered only to Deepika Padukone, who was the first choice. Aishwarya has not been offered any Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed the film after Guzaarish. The filmmaker is wondering where these rumours are stemming from, however, the fact that the two share a great rapport and are friends could be a reason for people and the media alike to jump to conclusions.”
Earlier, Aishwarya had revealed that she was approached for SLB’s Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani. Ash had 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.” she told Spotboye. She had further added, “The person he saw to play Khilji with me playing Padmaavati did not happen. 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.”