From Mohabbatein to Devdas, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were one of the best on-screen jodis of Bollywood, and their chemistry impressed many. Several filmmakers signed the two stars right, left and centre. However, the two actors had a fallout and SRK reportedly got Aishwarya removed from 5 films that they were signed on to work together.

In 2003 film Chalte Chalte featuring King Khan, Aishwarya was first offered the lead role before Rani Mukerji was roped in.


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The first one was the 2003 film Chalte Chalte that starred SRK and Rani Mukerji. According to an old India Today report, Aishwarya’s then-boyfriend Salman Khan had come drunk on the sets of the film and created ruckus which ticked off Shah Rukh and he got Aishwarya replaced with Rani in the film. He subsequently got her replaced in 4 other films – the most popular one was blockbuster Yash Chopra film Veer Zaara, in which Aishwarya was replaced by Preity Zinta.

What happened on Chalte Chalte's sets: 
A source who was on the sets said, ''We had just finished the song sequences on the truck from Pune to Malshet, and it was night time. As we were heading towards our next location, Salman Khan appeared and created a scene. He was uncontrollable for those four-and-a-half hours. That's when an upset Azizbhai called off the entire schedule."

The source added, "Choreographer Farah Khan did not want to pack up and leave. She said, 'Let's continue shooting.' Even Aishwarya was of the same opinion. But what the director said, prevailed, and they called off the shoot for that day."

In an interview, Shah Rukh Khan cleared the air by saying it was not Aishwarya Rai's fault, "To start a project with someone and then change her for no fault of hers is very difficult. It is very sad as Ash is a good friend. Personally I think I did wrong. But as a producer it made sense. I apologised to Ash."


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On Simi Garewal's chat show, when Aishwarya Rai was asked to comment on the same, she had said, "There were a couple of films that were supposed to happen with me. But suddenly they weren't happening, without any reason whatsoever. I have never had the answer to why."

Later, after many years, the two - Shah Rukh and Aishwarya - reunited on screen briefly in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, where SRK had a cameo appearance as Aishwarya's ex-husband.