It’s not just Fawad Khan who won’t been at any promotional event for Karan Johar’s much troubled project Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM). Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has also decided to stay away from all the publicity of the film. While buzz is that the actress wants to distance herself from the hullabaloo regarding its Pakistani connect, it’s not the only reason. It has more to with the length of her role.
Says a source close to the film, “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has a 20-minute role in ADHM and Fawad has even less to do. Their roles at the most are extended cameos. It’s Ranbir and Anushka’s film all the way. The reason why Aishwarya agreed to be in the film is Karan Johar.”
Explains a source close to Aishwarya, “Somehow Aishwarya and Karan Johar were unable to come together in the past in spite of their best intentions. Aishwarya was signed for Dostana after she was engaged to Abhishek Bachchan. As per the film’s script, she was supposed to walk away from Abhishek and go to Bobby Deol. This Aishwarya wasn’t comfortable doing and hence, opted out of Dostana. There were other offers from Karan Johar which never materialised.
Now when he offered her ADHM, she couldn’t say no for two reasons—firstly, to break the jinx and secondly because she loved her role of a creative woman in charge of her destiny.” However since the role extends to no more than 20 minutes of playing time, Aishwarya won’t promote the film.