Remember how Juhi Chawla had refused to be part of the 1997 film Dil Toh Pagal Hain as she did not want to play second fiddle to Madhuri Dixit? Her replacement, Karisma Kapoor, went on to win accolades and awards. Juhi still remembers her not-so-clever choice of turning the role down.

Shah Rukh Khan

Film Refused: Munnabhai MBBS

He refused the title role in Rajkumar Hirani’s Munnabhai. The role then went to Sanjay Dutt who was the original choice to play Jimmy Shergill’s role in the film. The film gave Dutt’s career a whole new lease of life.

Film Refused: 3 idiots

After two Munnabhai MBBS films, when Rajkumar Hirani wanted to adapt Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone into a film, he again wanted SRK to play the character that later went to Aamir Khan. 3 Idiots went on to be the biggest grosser in the history of Indian cinema. Aamir’s landmark films like Lagaan and Rang De Basanti, too, were initially offered to King Khan.

Kangna Ranaut

Film Refused: The Dirty Picture

It may be hard to imagine anyone else play sexy Silk with as much gusto as Vidya Balan did in The Dirty Picture. This is something which even the original choice Kangna Ranaut admits.

Salman Khan

Film Refused: Baazigar

He may call the shots today, but back in the day when he was still making a mark, he let go of Baazigar, which ultimately went to Shah Rukh Khan. Later he was approached for Chak De! India, but it was SRK again who went on to do it.

Kareena Kapoor

Film Refused: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Bebo has declined roles in some of the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood. Aishwarya Rai bagged the role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film which was turned down by Bebo, but some insist that Ash was the first choice for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

Kal Ho Na Ho

Kareena Kapoor was offered the film, but she did not do it over certain issues and Preity Zinta was roped in.
Bebo also turned down films like Black, Fashion, Chennai Express, Ram Leela and Queen.

Hrithik Roshan

Film Refused: Dil Chahta Hai

Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan were the original choices. When Hrithik and AB Jr declined the role, Akshaye Khanna and Aamir Khan stepped in.

Aamir Khan

Film Refused: Darr

Shah Rukh Khan bagged the role of a psychotic lover after Aamir Khan turned it down. Aamir was not happy with how the role had been developed.

Ajay Devgn

Film Refused: Karan Arjun

Ajay Devgn was the first choice to play the role of the brother of Shah Rukh Khan in the film. He made way for Salman Khan when he walked out of the film following creative differences with director Rakesh Roshan.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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