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Sholay to DDLJ, these big films rejected by Bollywood stars will shock you


Bollywood is full of mysteries and some time the mystery comes out in public. Many times big films are turned down by A-Lister heroes and heroines due to personal choice and time schedule. What one actor loses is gain for another actor. But after the movie is released it breaks all the records.  Here is list of films that were rejected by one actor and done by another actor and these movies became super hit. Some of the films will give you shock if your favourite actor rejected it.

Saif Ali Khan/ Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeI'm against nepotism, it leads to mediocrity, says Saif Ali Khan

The character of Raj was first offered to Saif Ali Khan who turned down the role of Raj Malhotra after which Shah Rukh Khan came into the picture. Yup. Needless to say, movie has a cult following in India.

Kajol / Veer Zaara

Yash Chopra offered the role of ‘Zaara’ playing opposite ‘Veer’ Shah Rukh Khan to Kajol initially. But she turned down the offer and then it was played by Preity Zinta.

Salman Khan/Chak De India

Salman was offered the role of hockey coach initially. But Salman rejected this as movie did not have the typical Salman Khan style item song. Just kidding. Only Salman knows why he refused.

Aamir Khan/Darr

Well, no one could have played ‘Rahul‘ better than SRK. Thanks to Aamir for rejecting it.

Danny Denzongapa/Sholay

Amjad Khan as Gabbar was perfect with haunting dialogue like “kitne aadmi the“. Thanks for Danny for this.

Shatrughan Sinha/Sholay

This must be most devastating rejection in Bollywood history. But things always looks rosy in hindsight.

Armaan Kohli/Deewana

Remember Armaan Kohli from Bigg Boss? Yeah, the same guy refused Deewana. No wonder this man is so angry!

Katrina Kaif/ Chennai Express

When someone offers you a movie with SRK, you don’t say no. Okay? No matter how the movie was, it did turn out to be a hit.

Twinkle Khanna / Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Karan Johar’s BFF Mrs Funny Bones was his first choice for Tina’s (Rani Mukherji) role (which also happens to be Twinkle Khanna’s nickname) in blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. But she wasn’t too impressed with the script and politely turned it down.

Dilip Kumar / Zanjeer

Dilip Kumar thought the role was one-dimensional as the hero had to stay sullen throughout the movie. With no scope for a performance, Kumar turned it down. Not just Dilip Kumar, the lead role in Zanjeer was offered to Dharmendra, Dev Anand and Raj Kumar before finally going to Amitabh Bachchan. Angry young man was born.

Shah Rukh Khan / 3 Idiots Shah Rukh Khan

In the latest season of Koffee With Karan, SRK admitted in his trademark style, that he is the “4th” idiot for not doing 3 Idiots. The movie is one of the biggest blockbusters of Hindi film industry.

Salman Khan / Chak De! India

Salman Khan was the first choice for the role of coach Kabir Khan. “When I was offered Chak De, my image for totally different as I was doing Partner and all those kind of films,” Salman says. He adds, “My only thing in Chak De was that my fans would expect me to wear a wig and win the match for India which would not go for the film. That was not my genre at that point of time. It was more serious kind of film and I was doing more of a commercial kind of cinema which I am still doing,” Salman says in an interview with the DNA.

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