‘Not’ Rekha but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s choice for HeeraMandi

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sanjay Bhansali previously worked on films including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, and Guzaarish.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s lone Tamil movie with old friend Mani Ratnam is almost completed. And now the diva is staring at a calendar with open slots. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is now casting for the epic series Heera Mandi, is one of her old favourites. The lady is being considered for one of the leading roles, according to reliable sources.

A source informed Bollywood Hungama, “It is the same part for which Rekha was being considered. But it is believed Rekha has become difficult to direct over the years. Bhansali’s enthusiasm to sign Rekha was considerably dampened by her treatment of director Abhishek Kapoor during the making of Fitoor when Rekha had to be dropped overnight and replaced by Tabu. Rather than face such problems, Sanjay has dropped the idea of casting Rekha and may opt for Aishwarya instead.”

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sanjay Bhansali previously worked on films including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, and Guzaarish.


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