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7 Bollywood Actresses Who Rejected Roles Opposite the Superstar Khans

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Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai turned down the offer to work with Aamir Khan. Wikimedia

The Khans of Bollywood Industry, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan are the three superstars of Hindi cinema with whom every actress dreams of working with. On the contrary, various Bollywood females denied sharing screen space with them. We bring to your notice the actresses who turned down the roles opposite these Khans.

Aishwarya Rai

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Aishwarya Rai turned down the offer to work with Aamir Khan. Wikimedia.

Aishwarya was supposed to play the role of rich and sensitive Aarti Saigal in the movie,’Raja Hindustani’. She had turned down the offer because of less interest to make a career in films as she was busy with her studies and modeling assignments at that point of time. Starring the Perfectionist Aamir Khan as the leading character of a taxi driver and tourist guide, ‘Raja Hindustani’ became the Bollywood blockbuster film of 1996 in India.

It came into light that Juhi Chawla also dejected the offer due to personal issues with Aamir Khan. It was also reported later that Pooja Bhatt was almost ready to work on the film, but on Aamir Khan’s request to director Dharmesh Darshan the decision was changed.

Juhi Chawla

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Juhi Chawla. Wikimedia

Juhi Chawla and many other leading Bollywood actresses of the 90s also did not accept the role of Nisha opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the blockbuster film ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (1997). The desired role was offered to Manisha Koirala and then to Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Urmila Matondkar and Kajol before Karisma Kapoor gave her approval.

Twinkle Khanna

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Twinkle Khanna denied to bag the role of Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Wikimedia.

Karan Johar wanted his best friend, Twinkle Khanna to work on his dream Bollywood  directorial debut for the role of Tina. But Twinkle turned down the offer for unknown reasons.

In fact, after getting unfavorable response from his best friend, Karan reached these actresses: Raveena Tandon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tabu, Urmila Matondkar and Karisma Kapoor for the same role, but to no avail. Finally, Rani Mukherjee was bagged in for the role of Tina changing her fortune forever.

Shilpa Shetty

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Shilpa Shetty denied the role opposite the khans

Shilpa Shetty made her acting debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the booming crime thriller ‘Baazigar’ in 1993. She was the first choice of the director duo Abbas-Mustan to play the leading female in the movie ‘Baadshah’ (1999). She kept delaying the film and lastly dejected to work on it.

Kareena Kapoor

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Kareena Kapoor turned down the offer to work with Shahrukh Khan. Wikimedia.

Karan Johar desired to produce ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ with Kareena Kapoor under his production banner Dharma Productions. He had directed her in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001). When Karan approached Kareena for the film, she quoted an incremented fee as her remuneration equivalent to Shahrukh Khan’s. Karan refused to fulfill her demand and instead signed Preity Zinta. Both Karan and Kareena had a major fight after this incident.

Priyanka Chopra

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priyanka chopra made it to the hollywood even after rejecting to work with khans. Pixabay.

Psychological thriller ‘Ghajini’ (2008) is a film which no Bollywoood film enthusiast can forget. The film showcased the 6 packs as history and introduced Indian youth to 8 packs abs. The makers wanted to bag in Priyanka Chopra in the Hindi remake, but she refused to sign the film as she was not very convinced of her role in it. Aamir was impressed by Asin’s performance in the Tamil version and on his request the actress was chose to work on the the Hindi version also.

Kajol

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Kajol rejected tork with the Khans. Wikimedia.

Believe it or not, it’s true that this Bollywood film ‘3 Idiots’ saw rejection by the very charming and talented Kajol. The actress was the initial choice of filmmakers to play the protaganist female in the film. But unfortunately, she turned down the offer. The role then went to Kareena Kapoor who herself approached Rajkumar Hirani for the character of Pia. She undoubtedly managed to show out her performance amidst the presence of actors like Aamir Khan, R. Madhvan and Sharman Joshi.

-Prepared By Bhavana Rathi. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Lots of Positive Stuff for Female Stars in Showbiz: Shah Rukh Khan

Over the years, Shah Rukh has established himself as a successful actor, film producer, television host, philanthropist and an entrepreneur

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Shahrukh Khan
SRK calls 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' a special journey. wikimedia commons

Shah Rukh Khan feels the attitude towards women is changing for good in India. The Indian superstar says there are lots of positive developments for female actors in the film industry.

The actor expressed his views on the changing gender dynamics in Indian entertainment industry in an interview to BBC Asian Network. He was in London to receive an honorary doctorate in Philanthropy from The University of Law, London.

“The roles of women and the kind of attitude you have at the workplace for women is changing for positive,” Shah Rukh is seen saying in the video shared on the official Twitter handle of BBC Asian Network.

“There will be discrepancies and ups and downs too. There were times when I was working in the 1990s that if a lady got married, she normally did not have the opportunity to come back and act in a film.

“But now they are married and acting in films and its so seamless and nice, so I think lots of positive stuff for female actors in the film industry,” he added.

On the film front, Shah Rukh has failed to generate box office hits despite his wide fan following and ‘superstar’ status. With “Dilwale”, “Fan”, “Raees”, “Jab Harry Met Sejal” and last year’s “Zero”, Shah Rukh’s projects have failed to elicit the expected response back-to-back.

There was some respite for him with “Dear Zindagi”, but the film was about the journey of Alia Bhatt’s character Kaira and his role was more about helping Kaira discover happiness. He was also seen in hit film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” in a special and brief role.

A fan Dangal between the onscreen Dangal girls for Shah Rukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan. VOA

What will his next role be?

“My next role will be as sexy as my last one. So you want me to be a sexy father, a sexy hero, sexy whatever you want me to be. My next role will be as sexy as you want me to be,” he said.

“When I meet people around the world, they will turn around and say ‘your films makes us happy’. And that is very encouraging. But I want to now make people happy personally and change their lives,” he said.

On being asked about filmmakers’ fight with the Indian censor board, the superstar said: “There are going to be issues between creative people and what they want to say but I would say no filmmaker, ever, I think wants to disturb the sensibilities of the audience. People are changing, society is changing but culturally I think we are a very strong nation and I think that needs to be respected always.”

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Over the years, Shah Rukh has established himself as a successful actor, film producer, television host, philanthropist and an entrepreneur.

The “My Name Is Khan” actor has also earned love for championing human rights in India. He has lent support to the Indian government’s campaigns, including Pulse Polio and National Aids Control Organization. He has worked closely with several charitable foundations, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Shah Rukh’s non-profit organisation Meer Foundation primarily works with acid attack victims and aims to initiate change at the ground level to build a world that empowers women. He was honoured with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos for his work towards acid attack survivors. (IANS)