Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the prolific actors in the Bollywood industry as well as in the West. The actress has worked in films like Pink Panther 2, The Last Legion, Provoked and more but there was a time when she was offered a Will Smith movie but unfortunately, she had to turn it down. The actress was not offered one film but three Will Smith movies like Hitch, The Seven Pounds and Tonight He Comes but Aishwarya could not agree to any of them due to time constraints and family issues.
With The Seven Pounds’ case, it was earlier reported that she had to reject the film because she wanted to celebrate Karwa Chauth, to which Aishwarya told IANS back in 2008, “They wrote in the US press... that I preferred to return to Mumbai to ‘starve’ myself for a religious occasion than to meet Smith for the film. That’s completely incorrect.” She then further quipped, “The script reading for The Seven Pounds was just after Diwali when Dadimaa (Teji Bachchan)’s health dipped drastically. So I didn’t make that trip out to LA for the reading session with Will. Is that wrong? Not to me. I’d any day put family over career.”
Talking about Tonight He Comes, she had said, “That’s true. I had to say no to Will for Tonight He Comes. I feel awful about it, but I’ve my priorities very straight. Yes, family always comes first.” She also admitted that she wanted to do a film, “I really do want to do the film with Will. When we met we really hit it off. And the subject that he has in mind does sound very interesting for me as an actor and as someone who wants to be part of films that create a global impact,” she had said in another interview with IANS in 2006.
“Unfortunately, Will wants to make the film during the time when I’ll be shooting for Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa-Akbar. But I am keen to do Will’s film,” Ash was quoted saying. ALSO READ: Brad Pitt Once Revealed That He Would Like To Work With Aishwarya Rai Bachchan; Recalled Missing The Opportunity As She Declined Troy
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