'There Was a Possibility of Me Being 'Mastani' If There Was a Certain 'Bajirao': Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
And do we know who that certain 'Bajirao' could have been?
The fact that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is in this piece of news is a bit strange! What is this beautiful comeback actress trying to get at? Ok maybe she's just trying to stay in the news given that she's got a release coming up soon. Ash casually mentions in an article in dnaindia.com that the role of Mastani in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani was originally intended for her. Apparently, Bhansali wanted to cast the star pair of the 1999 film, Ash and Salman Khan of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in his upcoming magnum opus!
The 41-year old actress is known to have told PTI, when asked if she regrets not being part of the cast, "Even at the start of this movie Bajirao Mastani, there was a certain casting that he was looking for. If that was to come to be... you all know that there was a possibility of me being 'Mastani' if there was a certain Bajirao (referring to Salman) he was trying to cast. But if that did not come to be then we had openly talked about it. It is not something to think over... fret over. Every film has its destiny and finds the way it is meant to be."
The actress who will be seen after a five year gap in Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa spoke about her equation with Bhansali saying, "It is a very close bond that I share with him and because of that creativity we share close personal bond. My relationship with certain filmmakers is personally strong. And it is not only about work."
Bajirao Mastani which is due for release in December stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Deepika Padukone as Mastani.