The Famous Salman-Ash break-up
The couple met on the sets of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999.
- The most eligible bachelor in Bollywood
- Dating Somy Ali
- Reigning as a super-successful young hero with blockbusters like
- Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Biwi No.1, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam .
- After winning the Miss World crown, Ash was considered extraordinarily beautiful, a face which Bollywood was searching for a long time
- When Aishwarya began her acting career in Bollywood, she was asked in an interview who were the people she found most good-looking in Bollywood. She had just one name then : Salman Khan.
- She became a promising actor with hits like Taal and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Four years later in March 2002, their passionate affair ended.
What Caused Their Breakup?
As it was widely reported, Ash broke up with Salman after he inadvertently admitted that he was unfaithful towards her. However, he could not accept her walking out on him for that reason. Interestingly just like the way Salman had cheated on Aishwarya, he had also broken up with Somy Ali because of Ash. When Somy Ali was asked by an entertainment tabloid about who came between her and Salman, Somy said, “Aishwarya Rai”. Emotional issues coupled with Salman’s alcoholic nature only made things worse.
Aishwarya Rai had complained in a media interview that Salman Khan was hounding her even though they parted ways long ago.
“After we broke up, he would call me and talk rubbish. He also suspected me of having affairs with my co-stars. There were times when Salman got physical with me!” she said.
There were also many public scenes. He was storming on her film sets and causing lots of commotion.
The Famous Chalte Chalte Incident
On the sets of Chalte Chalte, it was reported that Salman had stormed onto the sets, pushed Aishwarya to the ground, raised her hands on her, prompting intervention from spectators. This was when Shahrukh Khan, the leading hero of Chalte Chalte, attempted to intervene in the couple’s heated quarrel and he was verbally attacked by Salman. It was on the sets of this film that the relationship between Salman and SRK worsened. Along with that, Aishwarya was also replaced with Rani in the film which broke their friendship ties as well. Aishwarya’s career was badly affected as no actor was ready to work with her.
Salman’s drunk antic outside Ash’s flat
Aishwarya Rai’s parents had lodged a police complaint against an intoxicated Salman, who allegedly broke windowpanes and furniture in Ash’s home. Ash had to take the protection of both the police and private security guards. They used to accompany her during her shoots. This was the last nail in the coffin of Ash-Salman relationship. The actress moved away from Salman and found love in Vivek Oberoi who famously gave her 30 gifts on her 30th birthday.
The Vivek Oberoi Episode
Vivek Oberoi called for the famous press conference in which he had accused Salman Khan of 41 threat calls because the latter was still in love with Aishwarya Rai at that time. His controversial press conference made him a national villain and he became an outcast in the industry overnight. His career came to a standstill and he also lost a lot friends. Vivek also acknowledged in a TV interview that he was seeing Ash, and admitted that marriage was a possibility between them. This allegedly angered Ash who had strictly avoided talking about her personal life in media.
While Salman Khan had moved onto seeing Katrina Kaif, reports of Ash-Vivek break up surfaced
in November 2005 and within weeks it was confirmed that the couple had split. In 2005, the police also reported a 2001 mobile phone call record where Salman allegedly threatened Ash to appear at a social event held by a Mumbai underworld don. Eventually the tape was deemed fake.
Aishwarya Rai bagged the “Bachchan Bahu” title by tying the knot with Abhishek Bachchan, whom she dated for 2 years post break-up with Vivek. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif ended their 5 year long relationship in 2010.
While Salman Khan is still one of the most sought-after bachelors in Bollywood (even 10 years post break-up with Ash), Aishwarya Rai is mother to the most famous baby of Bollywood, Aaradhya Bachchan. Though Salman Khan has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in several films together, Ash and Salman are still not on talking terms and have not worked with each other since their last film “Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam”, which released in 2002. Salman Khan is also very cordial with Abhishek Bachchan.
Despite some high drama in high places, we are glad that both Salman and Ash are doing well, in their own way. Although Salman-Ash fans were heart-broken with the break-up news, all we can say is – sometimes, some love stories are just not meant to be!