Vishal Bhardwaj ropes in Aishwarya Rai for his next

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai starrer ‘Raavan’ might have gone down the Box Office without a trace, but this hardly holds back the Bollywood’s much-acclaimed filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj from chasing the light eyed beauty.

News has it that Vishal has roped in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for a woman-centric project that is slated for release in 2011. It is believed that Aishwarya has even been allocated the dates for the project.

Talking to a news daily, a source close to the actress said, "Vishal and Aishwarya have a history of misses. Years ago, she was supposed to do his first directorial venture, ‘Timbucktoo’. This year too, she was approached for ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’, but she didn`t have the dates and the film eventually went to Priyanka Chopra."

Even as Bharadwaj was hurt by Aishwarya`s constant denials, the actress would repeatedly tell her close friends that she would love to work with Vishal Bhardwaj.

"Aishwarya had liked the script for ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’. But 2010 has been an especially busy year for her, what with five films releasing. Vishal couldn`t wait, and he went to Priyanka Chopra. It happens. Even Prakash Jha`s ‘Raajneeti’ was first offered to Priyanka Chopra. When she couldn`t do it, Katrina got it," said the source.

When contacted, Aishwarya confirmed the reports, and said, "Yes, Vishal and I have been meaning to work together for quite some time. Things are working out now. He feels I`ve been saying no far too often, but it wasn`t my fault. Things finally are falling into place."