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15 Bollywood Actors Who Almost Had Iconic Roles

Varun Dhawan was supposed to play the role of Ayushmann in Andhadhun!


Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were considered to be playing female lead role in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The role, however, ultimately went to Deepika Padukone.

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Katrina Kaif too rejected the role who was eventually played by Ileana D’Cruz in Barfi!.

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Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, had refuse Deepika’s role in Tamasha.

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It’s a little hard to digest this news at this point, given the absolute perfection of Alia Bhatt’s performance, but Priyanka Chopra Jonas was originally planned to play Gangubai in Gangubai Kathiawadi.

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Deepika Padukone and Rani Mukherji were also reportedly approached.


Priyanka Chopra Jonas too leave the main role in Bharath, supposedly at the last minute, and Katrina Kaif took her place.


Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Parineeti Chopra were the two roles offered in Udta Punjab but they were eventually played by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt.

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It was supposed to be the original cast of Bajirao Mastani.

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However, things obviously looked very different when the film was finally released in 2015.

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Ranveer Singh ended up playing Bajirao, Deepika was Mastani, and Priyanka was Kashibai. All three were spectacular in their respective roles.


Sriram Raghavan, the director of the 2018 gem, Andhadhunhad initially approached Varun Dhawan for the lead role.

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Irrfan Khan, not Vicky Kaushal, was director Shoojit Sircar first choice to play Udham Singh in Sardar Udham. Khan, however, stepped back due to his health issues.

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Taboo and Irrfan Khan were the first choices to play the parents in Badhaai Ho.

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Although things didn’t materialize, it was Tabu who suggested casting Neena Gupta as Priyamvada “Bubbly” Kaushik.


This was the original cast of Manmarziyaan.

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However, the film was quite well received with Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal as the ultimate protagonists.


Tara Sutariaand not Kiara Advani, was the director’s first choice to play Preeti in Kabir Singh.

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According to rumorsArjun Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Akshay Kumar were all be considered for roles in 83.

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Here is what the 83 the cast actually looked like:


Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatand Hrithik Roshan were all, at some point, considered for roles in Atrangi Re.

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However, things looked quite different when the film was released in 2021 with Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar leading the way.


And finally, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan were offered the role of Fawad Khan in Kapoor & Sons.

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