Rani Mukerji replaced Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Shah Rukh Khan’s 2003 film Chalte Chalte.
It was revealed by the actress in a Simi Garewal interview. She also disclosed that she had been replaced in five additional movies, including Veer Zaara, in addition to Chalte Chalte.
“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.” Rai indicated.
Shah Rukh was one of the producers of the 2003 movie, for those who are unfamiliar. King Khan also regrets removing her from the film, Simi told Aishwarya.
Aishwarya was also questioned by Simi about how she felt leaving such big movies, to which she responded:. “See, at the time, when you have no explanation, you’re obviously completely taken aback, and confused, and hurt. You are curious about it.
Garewal also questioned if she ever confronted the actor. The Devdas actress responded: “It’s not in my nature to. If a person feels a need to explain it, they will. If they never did, they never intend to. So, it’s not in my nature to get into questioning what and why. Probably within myself, but I wouldn’t go up to a person and ask why. By the grace of God, I’m not defined by the other.”
As per News18, Shah Rukh Khan expressed his feelings over the same and apologized as well.
He added: “I’m personally very saddened at the fact that Aishwarya was a very close friend and I have done some really marvelous films with her and we get along really well. Personally, it’s very saddening for something to reach at this level. I feel very sorry about it.”
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“As a producer, my hands are tied because I’m not the only producer… We wanted to finish the film in 3-4 months. I’m sure the film would have been made with her in it also, but I think we were a little saddened by the whole affair and we thought it wasn’t meant to be.”