Ask any 90s kid to name their favourite Bollywood film and we bet Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai will definitely figure in the list. And why not, 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, tum nahi samjhogey'! *winks*
While the trio- Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji were
sheer delight on the big screen, here's some interesting trivia
about this film. The role of Rani Mukherji's Tina was first offered
to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan which chose to let go of the
Way back in a Filmfare 1999 magazine interview, the goergeous
actress had revealed the real reason behind it and spoke about a
lot of other things.
Read on to know the interesting scoop...
The Reason Why She Turned Down Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
"As far as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai goes, Karan Johar did approach me,
but the dates he needed were committed to the RK film. Moreover,
Kuch Kuch... belonged to Kajol. No two ways about that. Having said
that, let me add that Rani Mukherjee did a terrific job.
I'm in a Catch-22 situation really. Though I'm a newcomer, I'm
compared with all the senior actresses. So if I'd done Kuch
Kuch..., it would have been tittered that, "Look, Aishwarya Rai is
back to doing what she did in her modelling days - leaving her hair
straight, wearing minis, and pouting glamorously into the camera." Ultimately, the hero goes back to the more real person. I know if
I'd done Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I would have been lynched."
Yash Chopra Was Upset With Ash When She Refused To Do Hum Saath Saath Hai
Talking about it, Ash had said, "Yashji (Chopra) was upset that
I didn't do Sooraj's film. He says a hit is a hit is a hit. Believe
me, it was humanly impossible for me to do it. There are only so
many days in a year and only so many hours that I can put in. I
know for a fact that some heroines actually cried when they weren't
approached for Sooraj Barjatya's film. Sooraj understood my
dilemma. He praised me for my professionalism, he said that we'd
definitely work together in his next film. (laughs) A solo film, he
'If I’m Blessed With Good Looks, So Be It'
When asked if her va-va-voom looks worked against her as an
actress, she had said, "Look, I can't fight the looks I've been
born with. If I'm blessed with good looks, so be it. But for Pete's
sake, don't knock my hard work, my professionalism. I'm only
three-films-old. I haven't given any of my directors any reason to
'Everyone Will Have To Live With The Fact That I Am Aishwarya Rai'
Ash further added, "Every heroine has her position, her fan
following. You know at times I do indulge in a bit of pop
psychology. I feel okay, some of the heroines have a right to feel
bad and say, "So, here's this Jill-come-lately who thinks no end of
herself just because she won the title of Miss World." (In an
injured tone) I don't mean to be condescending at all but the fact
is that I was a known face even before I joined the movies. I have
an international honour to my credit. I don't mean to be
patronising but the truth is that everyone will have to live with
the fact that I'm Aishwarya Rai. I'm not fighting my genes, my good
fortune or my own achievements. Perhaps the fact that I got top
projects... because top film-makers wanted to work with me... must
have annoyed some of the heroines. Some heroines find their place
in the sun after 30 films. Some heroines have to stick around for
nine to ten years before film-makers of substance give them an
opportunity. So somewhere, there must be quite a lot of resentment
'I Don't Need To Bat My Eyelashes At Any Hero'
When quizzed about being showered with male attention and
relationships, she had said, "I don't play up to anyone. And
I'm certainly not a tease. I don't need to bat my eyelashes at any
hero. I relate to men almost in an asexual manner. I've never been
violently attracted to a guy at first sight. firmly believe
that I can never fall in love instantly. I need to know a guy over
a period of time to get serious. Relationships can get emotionally
exhausting. I know when I'm in love, I'll give it my all. I can't
get into a frivolous relationship or a fly-by-night-affair. I'm not
mentally attuned to all that. Today, many may not give a damn about
sex. But I do. The emotional aspect is so much more important. My
values are proper and middle-class. And I'm proud of them."
'I Have Never Gone On A Magazine Rampage'
"Certain stars and actors deserve every bit of the publicity
they get. They're worth it. But there are those who don't have much
to write home about and yet make it to magazine covers by virtue of
being rent-a-quote-wunderkinds. Then there are those who get an
image overhaul overnight. Why? Because they happen to be
successful. The actor or actress could be obnoxious, brattish,
debauched, insensitive. But if you're successful, the media glosses
over that. And of course, the press does tend to go on and on about
certain topics. Like Manisha and me. Or about Sushmita Sen and me.
Goodness gracious, Sush is a lovely girl doing her own thing. I
would never undermine her achievements or resent anything about
her. Still, it's made out as if we're clawing each other like wild
cats. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never gone on
a magazine rampage. Actually I'm the one who should have since my
films didn't do well. I should have rushed into photo-sessions
left, right and centre. I don't feel the need to really.(Laughs).
One hit and everything will fall into place."
Fast forward to 2017, the light-eyed beauty delivered a string of hits and went on to become a global icon and a Cannes regular. She tied the knot with Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 and is a doting mother to Aaradhya.