Khans rule the Bollywood industry. If Bollywood were a film in itself, they would definitely be the protagonist of the film, and rule the same with their charm and charisma.
Most of their films are a super hit and people are ready to pay a lot for the tickets of their films. Well, this is why they are 'The Khans of Bollywood.'
It is believed that any actor who enters the industry, needs to work with the Khans at least once, to get a foothold of guaranteed successful career. Well, who doesn't want to work with the best actors in the industry? But various female actors think otherwise. They actually turned down the offer of working opposite the Khans. Shocked? See for yourself.
While taking to Bollywood Life, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recalled the moments when Raja Hindustani was offered to her. She was in college then. In the interview, she revealed, "At that time, I wanted to concentrate and complete my education. So, I turned it down. Later, I became Miss World and then entered films."
The Vivah actor, Amrita Rao refused the offer to act in Salman Khan's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. After her refusal, it was Swara Bhaskar who ultimately walked into the role.
Did you know British actor Amy Jackson was the first choice for Salman Khan's Kick?
"In fact, I was offered Kick but Shankar had a major chunk of my dates for I, so I chose him over the Salman Khan-starrer," she confessed to The Times of India.
Kick was then offered to Jacqueline Fernandez and was one of the biggest hits of that year.
Deepika Padukone has rejected many films opposite Salman Khan like Bajrangi Bhaijan, Jai Ho, Sher Khan, Kick and Sultan. According to Deccan Chronicle, she once said, "Of course, I want to work with Salman. I want to do a film with him, but it has to be the right film at the right time."
According to Indian Express, Juhi Chawla revealed that during the peak of her career, she refused films like Raja Hindustani, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Judaai and many others.
"It is all in the past, so it is ok to talk about it, and you learnt from it. I think most of them were two heroine projects, so I did not do it," she explained.
Did you know that Kajol was the first choice for the super hit movie, 3 Idiots? Yes, according to The Statesman, she rejected the offer. She shared that she was not at all pleased with the role that was proposed to her.
Actors like Kangana Ranaut have always made their movies big by themselves.
She has rejected Salman Khan's Sultan. In an interview with Indian Express, she revealed, "At the time, it was a great character for a girl to take up, but I did not see anything for myself. Coming from a double role space (after Tanu Weds Manu), and doing so much more in my earlier films, I thought why should I demote myself to something that is not offering me so much. That's why I didn't do it."
In an interview with Firstpost, Karan Johar disclosed some fallouts with Kareena Kapoor Khan from his past. He shared an instance from the time when he was working on Kal Ho Na Ho and approached Kareena to play a part.
"She (Kareena) asked for too much money, and we had some kind of a fallout at that time. Mujhse Dosti Karoge! had just released, directed by Kunal Kohli. She said, 'Aditya Chopra's assistant Kunal Kohli has made this flop, so Karan Johar's assistant, Nikhil Advani is not to be trusted either'. I was very hurt. I called her. She didn't take my call, and I said, 'We're not taking her.' And signed Preity Zinta instead," he stated.
According to IMDb, Aamir Khan wanted to cast Asin Thottumkal for Ghajini, but the producers were against it. Priyanka Chopra was the first choice for the film, but due to personal reasons, she rejected the offer.
According to DNA report, Swara Bhaskar rejected Shah Rukh Khan when she was asked to play his mother's role in Aanand L Rai's movie, where SRK plays a dwarf.
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