When Aishwarya Rai was criticised for hiding pregnancy and Amitabh Bachchan justified it
When Aishwarya Rai was dropped from Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine after shooting for 65 days because of pregnancy and was replaced by Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh came out to defend her
One of the 2011's biggest controversies was when Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar came out blaming Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for hiding her pregnancy while shooting for his ambitious project Heroine. The news of Aishwariya’s pregnancy was out 65 days after beginning the shooting of the movie. And Kareena Kapoor was signed for the same role.
We all know that the movie failed to impress the box office, but Madhur's many explosive statements about Aishwarya's unprofessionalism grabbed headlines back then.
In an interview with India Today, Madhur Bhandarkar said: "The entire event would not have taken place if on the set the actress would have informed the state of her health and impending maternity. The truth was hidden from us. We learnt about the entire thing from news channels like the rest of the world that said the actress was four months pregnant and she was due in November.”
"I have been working on the script for almost a year and a half. I could not come to the office for almost 8 days for fear of facing those people whose bread and butter depended upon the film. Because in the true sense, these people were the worst affected by the turn of events. The entire crisis would have taken a humongous shape had the truth not being unveiled when it was,” he added.
"With 65 days of shooting remaining, it would make the concerned actress 6-7 months pregnant. Cinema is a visual medium and keeping in mind the physical state of the actress the total interpretation of the character of a diva and the story would land up in major jeopardy post 65 days of her pregnancy," he further said.
In an interview, father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan reacted to Madhur's statement and supported Aishwariya Rai saying, "Everybody knew that Aishwarya was married when she signed the film. So you mean to say that actors can't get married or have children? I don't think this can be a part of any contract that you cannot get married or have children if you're working on a project."