Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were not exactly known to be friends. They didn’t have too much in common either save for a filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Aishwarya who used to be Bhansali’s blue-eyed girl, having played the lead in three of his finest works Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Guzaarish. But soon Deepika entered Bhansali’s life and the duo had some humungous hits, Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. In fact, it’s said that Bhansali was instrumental in getting Deepika and Ranveer together.
Aishwarya moved on to other directors but somehow the Bhansali magic was missing from her latter-day films. However, all these factors didn’t come in the way of Ash bonding with new bride Deepika. After years of no conversation or even basic communication, the two stunners met at the Ambanis’ pre-wedding celebrations.
And here’s what happened. An eyewitness account, “The ice didn’t just break between Aishwarya and Deepika. It shattered into smithereens. Aishwarya and Deepika talked nineteen to the dozen, danced together and had a great time. They looked like two inseparable pals. I still remember how the two of them royally ignored one another at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 50th birthday party. But this was different.”
Times change. People mature. Here ’s to a renewed friendship.