When Rani Mukerji had promised Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, ‘We are going to be friends forever’ watch video
There was a time when Rani Mukerji and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were thick friends. That was one friendship that baffled many because they were at the top of their game and yet got along like a house on fire. But now the two ladies are only cordial if not downright averse to each other. We have an old interview with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, where Rani can be seen gushing over her friend. She even promises her that she will always be friends with her. In those days, the term BFF wasn’t a hashtag (thankfully there were no social media then) or an in-thing. But Rani definitely echoed the same sentiment. She even had a nickname for Aishwarya which is Ashu Maa. It was such a delight to see Rai professing her love for Aishwarya and why she adores her so much.
Stories suggest, soon enough the two ladies became distant. One story suggests that when Shah Rukh Khan decided to cast Rani instead of Aishwarya in Chalte Chalte, their relationship soured and then ended. There’s also another conjecture and it goes like this… Rani and Abhishek were dating and they broke up because of Ash. Nobody has confirmed any of these reports.
Things are much different now. There were reports that when Aishwarya was left bereaved after the death of her father, Rani dropped by at her place to console her. Later, they even clicked a group picture with many other actresses at Manish Malhotra’s place last year. So clearly, the two ladies might have decided to move over their differences now.