Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aishwarya Rai share a very warm relationship since Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam days. Bhansali and Aishwarya have delivered three beautiful films till now, and Aishwarya’s last released film before her maternity leave was, in fact, Bhansali’s Guzaarish.
“It is an open fact that Bhansali is very close to Aishwarya Rai… It’s quite natural that he would miss her. But it became evident more so when during the shooting, he would often end up calling Deepika, Ash! There have been so many occasions that after a shot Bhansali would say ‘Nice shot Ash’ or ‘Ash, let’s do the next scene like this’ while talking to Deepika,” a source is quoted as saying.
It often used to be the director’s assistants reminding him of his gaffe and correcting him. But how was it for Deepika Padukone to be called ‘Ash’. It’s learnt that surprisingly Deepika took no offence, and was cool with it. Being a director’s actress, she is glad working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Also, her look takes a lot from Aishwarya’s character and get-up from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
It can also be recalled that the director even instructed her during the shoot of one of the songs to dance like Ash from the song Dholi Taro.
That’s how Deepika has become Ash on the sets of Ram Leela. Sigh!
(File photo: Both Aishwarya and Deepika wearing same suit by Abu-Sandeep at two different events)