But that was that. They were not supposed to act together after that. It all started when Aishwarya"s ex boyfriend Salman Khan barged into the sets of Chalte Chalte and Aishwarya ended up being chucked out in favour of Rani Mukherjee.
Ash never warmed up to Shahrukh Khan and Rani after that. Things soured badly between Salman and her too. She moved on happily with the Bachchans, got some international films and let her chemistry flow with Hrithik Roshan.
Recently Mani Ratnam wanted to cast Shahrukh in the lead role opposite Aishwarya in his latest bilingual film Raavan which he"s working on currently. After things didn"t work out for him in Raju Hirani"s 3 Idiots and Shankar"s Robot, he seemed to have some free time.
Mani had then spoken to him about Raavan and the superstar expressed interest in the project. He wanted a good film in his kitty and didn"t care so much about the fact that Aishwarya was the leading lady.
But before Mani came to Mumbai and gave him a detailed script narration, Aditya Chopra approached Shahrukh for his comeback film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. And the actor gave his dates to his dear friend.
Mani didn"t want to delay the film and he took Abhishek Bachchan as the film"s male lead instead of Shahrukh. So Shahrukh and Aishwarya lost a chance to work together again.
Not that they mind, but maybe their pairing would have worked wonders for their careers. And maybe it"s a chance lost!