When Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chose Mani Ratnam and Mohalal over Aamir Khan and Raja Hindustani

Read on to know why Asihwarya Rai Bachchan chose Mani Ratnam's Iruvar over commercially driven Bollywood projects like Raja Hindustani and Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may not be delivering box office hits in recent years, but before the lockdown, the actress was gearing up to return with her favourite director Mani Ratnam's historical drama Ponniyin Selvan. While the film was slated for a 2020 release, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the film industry's release schedule haywire. Interestingly, Aishwarya Rai had made her debut with Mani Ratnam's film Iruvar back in 1997, three years after she won the Miss World 1994 pageant. But did you know that Aishwarya was being pursued for films long before she made her debut. 

Between her pageant win and debut, Aishwarya had a gap of three years and while she focused on multiple things, the actress gave thought to her career a little later. Speaking about it in an interview to Femina, the 'Dhoom 2' actress had revealed in 2018 that she was indeed the first choice for Raja Hindustani and not Karisma Kapoor. The Aamir Khan starrer went on to become a commercial hit at the box office just a year before Aishwarya could make her debut.  

A simple story of a small town cab driver falling in love with a rich woman in Dharmesh Darshan’s Raja Hindustani eventually starred Karisma Kapoor and Aamir Khan and is one of the many hits in their filmography. Not just this film, but Aishwarya was also offered Yash Chopra's Dil Toh Pagal Hai opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. However, Aishwarya rejected this film as well for multiple reasons. These two blockbusters could have been a great addition to Aishwarya's filmography since she was just starting out. However, the actress had other plans. 

While reports reveal that Aishwarya was unsure of acting as a career at the time, the actress addressed the same in her 2018 interview. "Even before winning the titles, I was being pursued. Dharmesh Darshan had offered me Raja Hindustani; Yashji (Yash Chopra) wanted to launch me in Maine Toh Mohabbat Kar Li, which became Dil To Pagal Hai. I met Shekhar Kapur who told me that he was a trained chartered accountant, but then cinema beckoned," Aishwarya had revealed at the time. 

Turning down these lucrative offers, Aishwarya instead signed up for Mani Ratnam's Iruvar and made her debut in 1997. The Tamil film put Aishwarya under the spotlight as the actress essayed dual roles in the political drama. In her first film, Aishwarya was cast opposite South superstar Mohanlal and Prakash Raj, Tabu and Revathi among others. The film opened to critical acclaim and was well-received at the box office. Internationally, too, the film garnered attention and won the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival and two National Film Awards. Though controversial, Mani Ratnam considers Iruvar as one of his best films. 

Speaking about her decision to choose Iruvar over commercially driven Bollywood projects like Raja Hindustani and Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Aishwarya had said, "During the title year, both Mani Ratnam and Rajiv Menon got in touch. I was an admirer of Mani Ratnam's cinema, so Iruvar happened. Again, my story was an unconventional one. Unlike other newcomers who waited to see the fate of their first film, I'd already signed two to three films. Long story short, when I started shooting Iruvar with Mani, my inner voice told me this was home." 

Well, we must say Aishwarya's choice paid off. The same year, 1997, the actress featured in a Bollywood film titled Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya opposite Bobby Deol. While the film marked Aishwarya's debut in Hindi films, it did not do much for her as it tanked. However, Aishwarya did end up winning the most promising newcomer at the awards. While Iruvar brought her much recognition, Aishwarya's next few films tanked at the box office. It was only in 1999 that she witnessed a major turning point after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. 

Today, Aishwarya Rai is married to Abhishek Bachchan, has a daughter named Aaradhya Bachchan and continues to act in films. In the last five years, she has starred in the much-talked about Ae Dil Hail Mushkil and Fanney Khan. While the latter created no noise at the box office, ADHM was a blockbuster hit. The actress will next be seen in Mani Ratnam's Ponniyan Selvan and expectations are at an all-time high. 

What are your thoughts on Aishwarya's filmography? Let us know in the comments below.  

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Anonymous 6 days ago

Aishwarya Rai is not for garbage like Bollywood. She had 2 Hollywood movies once in a day after her miss world title. She rejected TROY (later that role offered to Angelina Jolie). Aishwarya never consider herself as beautiful, she always represent Bharat and she always proud for her country. Other Bollywood actors just perfect A55#0L3. Aishwarya is much more talented than too Bollywood actors. Specially khnad People don't deserve the shadow of Aishwarya. She is the queen of the KENS film festival. She is the long lasting brand ambassador of the L'OREAL. She achieved Los of respect across the globe and whole credit donate to Bharat. So before you vomit your hateful thought for her , Consider your station.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

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Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Iruvar was a beautiful film, far classier than the commercial hit Raja Hindustani. I am a Tamil who understands Iruvar, the unofficial biopic of Jayalalitha and her interaction with two powerful men. Aish did a fair job. What amuses me here are the comments. I am neither a fan nor hater of Aishwarya. But the horrendous hate filled comments filled with mean monikers that deliberately trash Aishwarya’s name —— what a bunch of social media zombies, hating in the typical manner of such ppl.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Her then unofficial boyfriend Salman khan did not give her permission to do Raja Hindustani opposite Amir khan because there was a kissing scene in that movie.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Raja Hindustani released in 1996. Dignified flop Aishwarya trapped Salman in 1999. Before Bhai she was with Subhash Ghai in 1998 and before Ghai she was with Akshay Khanna in 1997. Salman or Ghai or Akshay have no connection with Raja Hindustani.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

When is Bollywood Queen's next 5 minutes cameo coming?

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Sarabjiiiit .....SARABJJITTTT Aish's screeching and screaming is still giving me headaches

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Your mother must have Animea during gestational period while you were in her womb.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

The ease with which this woman lies shamelessly is so impressive.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Yeah she chose old Mohan Lal as her first hero instead of Aamir Khan lol Fakewarya your lies are so funny

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Big Middle fingers for A K He was perfect I D 1 ot

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Dharmesh Darshan never said he offered Raja Hindustani to Fakewarya. But Fakewarya has been lying since 1996 that she was offered the movie.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Liarwarya why don't you talk about how Madhur kicked you out of Heroine because of your lies?

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Every movie in the world was offered to her first. But she rejected all those movies because she was just so busy.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Last year Liarwarya lied in an interview that Bhansali made Padmavati for her but she rejected it because she was busy and only after her rejection the role went to Deepika. Bhansali immediately refuted Aishwarya's lie and said he never offered anything to Aishwarya and role was made for Deepika only. Liar Aishwarya got humiliated lol

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Aishwarya trying to steal credit from other women.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

She keeps on lying that all directors offered movies to her first. Then makes another lie of how she couldn't do those movies because she was busy. But she always found the time to do B-grade stuff.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

PV Don’t want any article about Aishwarya for the next few days.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Wow well said.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Is that a personal vendetta against Ash on this site coz it’s not funny that pv is digging out throwback pictures, articles 4 days in a row....if you are purposely trying to create animosity for your own website’s gain it’s highly pathetic. Respect the ladies whatever space they are in now. Both have kids & are happy. Aishwarya’s fans also can speak out about a lot of things...which can be quite unpleasant but we are not that trashy like you. .pv pls post & not delete.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Trashwarya fans say a lot of unpleasant things about others.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Trashwarya's fans are as trashy as her. The fact that they decide to be a fan of Trashwarya shows how trashy they are.

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