Flashback Friday: How Aishwarya Rai Bachchan met with accident and Akshay saved her
As we delve into flashback Friday, we take you back to the infamous incident when Aishwarya Rai was severely injured after she got hit by a vehicle during rehearsals of a scene for Khakee and her co-star Akshay helped her
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar had worked together for the first time in Khakee. Back in the days, Aishwarya met with an accident on the sets and Akshay had helped her. In a flashback interview, Aishwarya praised Akshay and called the experience of working with him eventful.
Among one of the classic films on police officers, Khakee starring Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Tusshar Kapoor and others is the most remembered. The film centred around the lives of police officers released back in 2004.
While it worked well due to the action, it was Aishwarya and Akshay’s first film together and hence, fans were excited to see them together. However, on the sets of Khakee, if there is one incident that is still remembered it is about Aishwarya’s accident on the sets of the film.
As per a report in Filmibeat, Aishwarya was with her co-star Tusshar Kapoor and they were rehearsing a scene for the film when an uncontrolled jeep that was to be used in the film came and hit her. Having got hit, Aishwarya rolled over to the bushes nearby and was injured. Tusshar, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay were present at the scene and they rushed to her aid.
She suffered a fracture on her left foot and some bruises. According to the reports, the actress also had ten stitches and was told to rest for at least a month.
During an interview with a senior journalist, Subhash K Jha, Akshay had talked about that incident and had said, "I did not 'save' Aishwarya Rai's life. That sounds very dramatic. I just happened to be there when she was in a distressed situation. So I did the most logical thing: I drove her to a hospital. That is it. I would do the same for anyone."
Years later, Aishwarya’s husband and Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan was shooting at the same location where once his wife had met with an accident. Junior Bachchan also shared a photo from the spot of the accident and penned a note. He wrote, “How life comes a full circle. I was shooting today at this location which is called Aishwarya point!!! Yup you read it correct. This is the same location where 12 yrs ago Aishwarya was shooting for 'Khakee' and had an accident where a bus crashed into her. She miraculously survived (thank God!).This is that very spot, hence the name. And today I shot here a car chase with a truck.”