Can you imagine Shah Rukh Khan playing Rancho in 3 Fools? You can’t? You can’t? No? No. While actors do their best to pick films carefully, sometimes they lose the chance to appear in a movie that is a big hit. Numerous Bollywood actors turned down roles that would have made them iconic in blockbuster films.
Here are some super-hit movies that might have been very different had these actors taken on the role:
Saif Ali Khan – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
This might surprise you considering that we cannot imagine Shah Rukh Khan playing Raj Malhotra, the legendary character. It turns out that Saif Ali Khan was the first person to approach for this role. Rumours circulated that Aditya Chopra wanted to cast Tom Cruise as her star in Hollywood, but Yash Chopra advised her to keep the Indian actor.
Kareena Kapoor Khan – Kal Ho Na Ho
Apart from Ram-Leela, Kareena also rejected Karan Johar’s Kal Ho Na Ho. According to reports, Naina had asked for a large sum of money in order to perform the role. Preity Zinta was ultimately given the role. Kareena also turned down the 2013 release Queen. In an interview with TOI , Kareena said that she felt honored and happy to work for other people. They (actresses), should be stars, as I rejected large films .”
Shah Rukh Khan – 3 Idiots
Can you imagine Shah Rukh Khan saying ‘All Izz Well’? You may not have known Rancho was the first person to be offered Rancho’s role in 3 Idiots HTML1. Rajkumar Hirani had wanted King Khan to be the lead, but Aamir Khan was eventually offered the role. SRK was called the ‘fourth fool’ by Hirani for refusing to take the part. However, the superstar has just announced his first film with Hirani, titled ‘Dunki’.
Kangana Ranaut – The Dirty Picture
Kangana Ranaut choose Tanu Wives Manu over The Dirty Picture . In an interview, she revealed that many people called her stupid for not getting the role. Vidya Balan was given the role. The film was a huge success, and Vidya won a National Award.
Twinkle Khanna – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Karan Johar wanted Tina to be his friend, and that is also Twinkle’s nickname. Miss Funnybones rescinded the film, believing the script to be “sh*t”. In an interview, Akshay Kumar revealed, “She still tells Rani, “Teri zindagi maine banayi (I made your life)”.
Kajol – Veer Zaara
Preity Zinta was a great choice to play the role of Zaara. We can’t imagine any other actor playing this character. According to reports, Kajol was the original choice, but she didn’t make it into the movie. Is Kajol a better Zaara than her? We won’t even consider it because Preity is amazing.
Akshay Kumar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Farhan Aakhtar was a great choice for the role of Milkha Singh. He was however not the first choice. It was Akshay Kul. Because he was too busy with Kambakkht Ishq , and Tees Mak Khan ., he declined the offer.
Salman Khan – Chak De! India
“Sattar Minute …” Do you remember Salman Khan saying that iconic dialogue? Salman Khan stated in an interview that “When I was offered Chak de ,, my image was completely different.” It was not the genre I preferred at the time. This was a serious film, and it was more commercial. I’m still making .”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Raja Hindustani
In 1996, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was the first choice to play the lead in Raja Hindustani. She declined the opportunity because she was concentrating on her education. Aishwarya won Miss World in the end and was invited to enter the film industry.
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