Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has said that she is indebted to Yash Chopra without whose constant prodding she probably would never have faced the camera. In fact back in the day Aishwarya had aspirations of a different kind that involved tall buildings and not certain tall dark men of a royal Bollywood lineage! So all thanks to Yash Chopra who cajoled her into giving films a serious shot. With Yash Chopra’s passing away last month, Aishwarya has lost out on the chance to be directed by the most romantic filmmaker in Bollywood’s history.
Not that Asihwarya Rai Bachchan is a stranger to the Yashraj banner having done films like Dhoom 2 and Mohabattein opposite King Khan himself. But more than these roles it’s her item number Kajra Re that’s still a favourite at Indian weddings. Perhaps Yash Chopra had an intuition of higher things, having cast future family members Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai together for an item song. Only Yashji’s banner could have pulled that coup of sorts.
So now that Aishwarya has revealed that Yash Chopra was the man responsible for her filmi entry, she has indeed lost out to younger stars like Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma who have been directed by the legend himself. A chance to have starred in his swan song is indeed a tall order. Had Yash Chopra been alive, his nuances on relationships would perhaps have led him to cast Rani Mukherjee as a modern day Rekha and Abhishek and Ash as Amitabh and Jaya respectively in his remake of Silsila!