Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is back in the news. The buzz is that Sanjay Leela Bhansali might cast her for his next movie after Guzaarish. The ace director jokingly referred to the topic at the film’s first look launch in Mumbai on September 23rd. Here is what happened…

“Will Cast Aishwarya With Ranbir Kapoor”: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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At the first look launch, a particularly nosy reporter asked Aishwarya how she felt about having worked with both older actors (Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgan) and younger one’s (Hrithik Roshn) in each of Bhansali’s films. A miffed Ash replied that it didn’t matter whom she worked with as long as the director was okay with the casting. “I don’t know whether there was a question or a point he (the journalist) made. The fact is that most of the directors I worked with don’t get in to chronology, or statements, or sensationalizing casting,” Aishwarya said.

Immediately – the wonderful man that he is – Sanjay Leela Bhansali, came to Aishwarya’s rescue and clarified his position. “I would like to cast Aishwarya with Ranbir Kapoor also. Some people are timeless and it (their career) doesn’t just end with a decade ending.”

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Then what? Aishwarya praised her favourite director to the hilt. “I have had the pleasure of working for Sanjay Leela Bhansali thrice but let me tell you that ‘Guzaarish’ is a beautiful piece of cinema,” she gushed. But we feel that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan might just be trying a little hard this time around. Although she’ll end the year with three big releases, Raavan flopped, while her film Endhiran – The Robot with superstar Rajnikant faces stiff competition from Anjaana Anjaani, which also releases on October 1st. In ‘Guzaarish’, Aishwarya plays the love interest of Hrithik, who plays a paraplegic magician.

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