Here we are talking about some iconic roles of Indian cinema which were initially offered to these superstars and were turned down by them for various reasons. Those roles were bagged by other celebs and became iconic. Take a look at actors who turned down famous roles that set career benchmarks for others.
Believe it or not, the super hit film Darr was first offered to Aamir Khan who said no to the character of an obsessed lover. Shah Rukh Khan, on the other hand, grabbed the role, which is regarded as one of his best performances to date.
Yes, Salman Khan was the first choice for Shah Rukh Khan's hit films - 'Chak De! India' and 'Baazigar'.
Shah Rukh Khan
All the three movies turned down by Shah Rukh went on to become some of the most prominent and noted films of Indian cinema. While 'Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.' revived Sanjay Dutt's career, '3 Idiots' went on to become one of the biggest box-office hits and 'Lagaan' was India's entry to the Oscars that year. All three films were initially offered to SRK.
Saif Ali Khan
Bollywood got its ultimate romantic hero Shah Rukh Khan when Saif Ali Khan turned down the role of Raj Malhotra in 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'.
Filmmaker Dharmesh Darshan first considered Aishwarya Rai for the lead role in 'Raja Hindustani'. However, the actress turned it down as she was not sure about the script. The role catapulted Karisma Kapoor into superstardom.
Vidya Balan donned quite a bold character in 'The Dirty Picture' but the role was first offered to Kangana Ranaut.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan turned down films like 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela', 'Kal Ho Na Ho', 'Fashion', 'Black', 'Chennai Express' and 'Queen'.
Deepika Padukone was one of the undeniable hit-makers of 2013, and she must thank Katrina Kaif for it. Katrina turned down not one or two, but three blockbusters that went to Deepika in the same year. 'Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela' (2013), 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' (2013) and Chennai Express (2013)
Before casting Anushka Shetty, filmmaker S S Rajamouli had Nayanthara in mind for the role of Devasena in 'Baahubali'. However, reportedly, the Malayalam actress could not devote a long period of time for this film as she was busy with multiple projects. The role was then offered to Anushka.
Rajamouli initially planned to make the record-breaking 'Baahubali' in Hindi and dub it into various regional languages. And at this phase, he contacted Hrithik Roshan to play the titular role of Baahubali. But the actor expressed a lack of interest and the film got made in Telugu with Prabhas playing the lead role. Hrithik Roshan was also the first choice for the role of Akash in 'Dil Chahta Hai'. However, Hrithik rejected the film as he was busy with his debut film 'Kaho Na...Pyar Hai'. He also turned down the role of a NASA scientist in 'Swades' which was later portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan.