‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’: Five films rejected by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Karan Johar’s directorial debut ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ is still one of the most iconic films of all time. While we have read reports about how the young filmmaker had then approached many actresses including his childhood friend Twinkle Khanna for the role of Tina in the movie, not many know that the list even includes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Recalling one of her old interviews with Filmfare, Aishwarya Rai had said, “I’m in a catch-22 situation, really. Though I’m a newcomer, I’m compared with all the senior actresses.” She added, “If I’d done the film, it would have been tittered that, ‘Look, Aishwarya Rai is back to doing what she did in her modelling days—leaving her hair straight, wearing minis, and pouting glamorously into the camera.’ Ultimately, the hero goes back to the more real person. I know if I’d done ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, I would have been lynched”.

By William Regal

Used to think I was a tad indecisive, but now I’m not quite sure.

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