Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opens up about being ‘game for Mastani’ but not for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao’ project

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Did you know Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was not the first choice for ‘Bajirao Mastani’? Here’s why she turned it down


Did you know Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were not ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first choice for his 2015 film ‘Bajirao Mastani’? The film was a big hit at the box-office, raking in more than Rs 300 crores worldwide, but there were rumours that SLB dreamt of casting Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in it, but the latter had turned down the offer.

Aishwarya’s reasons for not working in ‘Bajirao Mastani’

Now an old interview from Karan Johar’s show has surfaced on social media where Aishwarya is seen talking about the reason why she chose to not work in the movie. The diva told Karan, ‘He did see us working as the cast that he saw was ideal for the film. But circumstantially, I could not work with the kind of team he was looking at.’

Aishwarya further added that she was being treated for her leg at a hospital when the news about her leaving the movie caught the headlines. The actress said, ‘Well, I was game to play Mastani but not with the Bajirao he had in mind. So, this was evident probably nationally. The media made it out to be that Aishwarya walked out of Bajirao Mastani. We hadn’t communicated then because I was in hospital with my leg laid up.’

Aishwarya’s recent projects

Aishwarya was last seen in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan 2’ alongside Chiyan Vikram, Karthi and others.

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