Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had opened up in an interview with Simi Garewal about being ousted out of at least five films with Shah Rukh Khan.
From Mohabbatein to Devdas, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan set the screen on fire with their chemistry. Their jodi was so much in demand, back in the day, that they had signed at least five films together. However, things soured between them and Aishwarya was promptly dropped from all the films.
If reports are to be believed, it all started when Aishwarya’s ex-boyfriend Salman Khan drunkenly created a ruckus on the sets of Shah Rukh’s production, Chalte Chalte. SRK did not take it very kindly, and replaced Aishwarya with Rani Mukerji. Overnight, she lost out on a bunch of other films with Shah Rukh, including Veer Zaara.
Aishwarya had opened up about it in an old interview with Simi Garewal. When Simi asked what led to her ouster, she said, “How can I have the answer to that? Yes, at the time, there was talk of a couple of films that we would be working in together. And then, suddenly they weren’t happening, without any explanation whatsoever. I have never had the answer to why.”
Shah Rukh had told India Today in an interview in 2003, “To start a project with someone and then change her for no fault of hers is very difficult. It is very sad as Ash is a good friend. Personally I think I did wrong. But as a producer it made sense. I apologised to Ash.”
But at the time of her removal, Aishwarya was not given any explanation. She told Simi, “At the time, when you have no explanation, you obviously are taken aback, confused and of course, hurt. You wonder about it.”
Aishwarya added that though she was upset, she never asked Shah Rukh about his reasons. “It’s not in my nature. I think if a person wants to explain it, they will do it on their own. If they never did, they never intended to. I would probably question within myself but I wouldn’t go up to a person and ask why,” she said.
However, Aishwarya and Shah Rukh eventually put this phase behind them. After not working together for over a decade, the two reunited on screen briefly in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, where SRK had a cameo appearance as Aishwarya’s ex-husband.