Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of Bollywood’s most influential actresses. While she has become a successful actress now, but in her early days, she had a rather ugly confrontation with actress Manisha Koirala. Scroll down to find out more.
Aishwarya is often considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. She became a household name when she won the 1994 Miss World Pageant. The actress has also won numerous accolades, including two Filmfare Awards, and was honored with the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2009.
Controversies and fights are not new to Bollywood and such old controversy has died out in the old pages. It all started with rumors that Rajeev Mulchandani, who was dating Aishwarya Rai, had abandoned her for Manisha Koirala.
According to a report from Filmibeat, the December 1999 issue of Showtime Magazine revealed Aishwarya’s version of the story through an interview. Actress Guru once said: “In early 1994, a leading magazine came out with this ‘hot scoop’. Rajeev was supposed to have dumped me for Manisha. I called Rajeev the moment I learned about this question asking what it was about. Rajeev was a very good friend of mine nothing more. I told her I didn’t want to get involved in their love affair. After two months, they did not see each other. Manisha saw a different guy every two months.
She added, “Time has passed and around 95 I came down to India as Miss World visiting India. That’s when I saw Bombay in Tamil and thought it was awesome. I had arrived in Bombay on April 1 and, coincidentally, Rajeev called me. I was telling her how excellent Manisha was in the movie and that I intended to send her a bouquet to congratulate her. With that, he laughed at me and asked me if I had read the papers or not. He informed me that Manisha had claimed that she had discovered love letters that Rajeev had written to me.
Aishwarya also said, “I couldn’t believe it! It was a very gross shock to me. I mean, if there was some sort of authenticity in this article, why was this information not released in July 1994? If that was the reason for her split from Rajeev in a few months, then why ruminate on her for nine whole months and then come out in the open?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan further revealed that the whole Manisha Koirala episode affected her terribly and she cried for days. “I never wanted to be bracketed with a particular name. But today the media have played so much that if someone takes my name, Manisha’s name instantly comes to mind and vice versa. Today is four years after that incident, but she keeps raising this topic. This naturally means that this is all coming from something else and not just a lost relationship, ”Aishwarya said.
The actress of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil finally claimed that despite all the bitterness she wants him to be happy. She said, “You won’t believe it, but I don’t feel any bitterness or resentment towards Manisha. In fact, I hope she finds happiness soon. This feeling of stability can make her more secure and calm her in life.
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