Did Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lose the opportunity to work with her favourite director Sanjay Leela Bhansali again for the pleasure of sharing screen space with her husband in Anurag Kashyap’s next production? A source in the know informs that Bhansali and Aishwarya were in “developed stages of discussion” over a project when Anurag Kashyap offered Aishwarya Gulab Jamun with her husband Abhishek Bachchan in the lead.
Says the source, “The choice was very clear. Aishwarya had to choose between working with Bhansali again and sharing screen space with her husband Abhishek in Anurag Kashyap’s film, as the dates for both films clashed. Aishwarya chose to do the film with her husband. They haven’t worked together for eight years. But more importantly both Abhishek and she have fabulous roles in Gulab Jamun. They play characters they’ve never played before.”
Says a source close to Sanjay Leela Bhansali ,”Sanjay Leela Bhansali is very upset with the reports floating around the casting of his films, as they are completely untrue. There were recent rumors of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opting out of his film for Anurag Kashyap’s Gulab Jamun, when on the contrary no such film has been offered to her. 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 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”.
Adds the same source, “There has been a lot of speculation around the casting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films , both directorial and under his home banner .There are also constant reports cropping up after every actor visit to his house or office.However, all these rumours are baseless “.
An official source from Bhansali Productions states, “ At the moment Sanjay Leela Bhansali has just finalized his script. An official announcement will be made shortly.”