Aishwarya Rai once opened up about her relationship with Salman Khan in an interview where she said the Dabangg actor used to link her with Shah Rukh Khan
If we open the ex-files of Bollywood, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai's love story will be one of the most interesting chapters. With so many layers and characters involved in the story, it can make a blockbuster, which doesn't have a happy ending.
One of the major characters in the story is Shah Rukh Khan, who was once Salman's bestie. The friendship saw many ups and downs. However, now it is standing strong.
Going back to the 90s and early 2000, Salman and Shah Rukh's 'dosti' (friendship) was not cordial, all thanks to Aishwarya Rai.
Salman, who was said to have been madly-in-love with Aishwarya, was growing insecure and anxious as their relationship progressed. Fear of losing Aish made him see any male actors as a potential threat.
Salman was so insecure that he created a ruckus on the sets of Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Chalte Chalte' which Aishwarya was initially signed up for. Later, Rani Mukerji was roped in.
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. Post that incident King Khan 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.
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."
After her break up with Salman, Aishwarya had opened up about his possessive attitude in a popular film magazine. As per a report in TOI, Aishwarya had said, "Salman and I broke up last March, but he isn't able to come to terms with it. After we broke up, he would call me and talk rubbish. He also suspected me of having affairs with my co-stars. I was linked up with everyone, from Abhishek Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. There were times when Salman got physical with me, luckily without leaving any marks. And I would go to work as if nothing had happened."
Now, we all know Salman Khan and Shah Rukh are best friends again, but Aishwarya did have to pay a massive price of losing out on a lot of excellent projects because of her silly-ex.
Last Updated 12:50 PM IST