Why did Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turn down film offered by Will Smith?


According to the archives, Bollywood super star and the very famous daughter-in-law of Amitabh Bachchan, wife to Abhishek Bachchan, and Will Smith, the A-lister of Hollywood, always wanted to work and that too, together. This endeavor was unsuccessful somehow.

Hindustan Times has stated that Will Smith had offered Aishwarya Rai Bachchan films like  ‘Seven Pounds’, ‘Hitch’ and even ‘Tonight He Comes’, but Aishwarya could not manage the time factor for even one of them due to multiple different reasons.

In an interview of 2008 with IANS, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan revealed the real reason of refusing ‘Seven Pounds’. At that time, there were rumors that she had chosen to attend the festivities of Karwa Chauth at home in India. This is not the truth and this is confirmed by Aishwarya.

She stated that back then they had written in the US press that she preferred to return to Bombay to ‘starve’ for some religious occasion rather than meet Smith for the movie. According to her, the ‘Seven Pounds’ script reading was immediately after Diwali and that was the time Teji Bachchan (Dadima) health had deteriorated.

That is the reason she could not make the trip to Los Angeles for the required reading session with Will Smith. According to her this was not wrong as she would always put her family before her career.

The next film of Will Smith that was rejected by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was ‘Tonight He Comes’. This was to shoot for Jodhaa- Akbar of Ashutosh Gowariker.

She said in 2006 that she had to refuse the film and that she feels bad for the same but at the same time she has her priorities set right. She said that she was really interested in doing a film with Will Smith as they got along very well when they met. It was unfortunate that Will wanted to make the film when she was caught-up with ‘Jodhaa-Akbar’ of Ashutosh Gowariker.

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Will had offered Aishwarya the film back in 2005 on his visit to India. He admitted that he really wanted to work with her as she had this powerful energy where she does not need to do anything or say anything and just stand there.

This Hollywood star had a discussion about films with Farhaan Akhtar when he visited India to attend a summit on films. He has admitted to having a Bollywood dance number is on the bucket list.

Farhaan Akhtar taught a few steps of ‘Bhangra’ to this Hollywood star. As known, Will Smith is very sporting and he took to the floor in full spirit and shook a leg with Farhaan Akhtar.

Farhaan Akhtar has tweeted that Will Smith is a effortless and awesome cool man as he won many hearts with his candour and wit.

Not many are aware that this Hollywood star is waiting even now to work with the very famous, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. HE intends working in a masala entertainer of Bollywood.