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Bollywood Movies That Got Rejected By Big Stars But Became Blockbuster Hits

Over the past few decades, Bollywood has managed to give us some blockbuster hits that have made a special place in our hearts. We’re talking about the few evergreen Bollywood movies that we can sit down and start watching at any time of the day, no questions asked.


And while now the whole nation seems to have a thing for films like these, there was a time when these films were shunned by some of Bollywood’s most renowned stars.

Here is a list of all the hit Bollywood movies that were once rejected by several big names before finally making it to the big screen, and how.

1) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
© Yash Raj Films

This came as a shock, more than a surprise to us, considering we can’t even imagine anyone else trying out for the role of the iconic Raj Malhotra, but Shah Rukh Khan. However, it turns out that Saif Ali Khan was first approached for the role, who obviously turned it down. There were even rumors about how Aditya Chopra wanted to portray no one but Hollywood star Tom Cruise in the role, but Yash Chopra advised him to stick with an Indian face.

2) Dil to Pagal Hai

Dil to Pagal Hai
© Yash Raj Films

Do you remember that blockbuster movie released in 1997 that gave us dream sequences and taught us the pain of being friendzoned? Turns out Karisma Kapoor wasn’t the first choice for the role of Nisha. Juhi Chawla and Kajol were both approached first and only when they refused, Karisma was cast in the film.

3) Munnabhai MBBS

Munnabhai MBBS
© Vinod Chopra Productions

The iconic film that introduced the concept of ‘Jaadu ki jhappi‘ to us all, was first offered to Shah Rukh Khan. As for the role of the female lead, it was rejected by actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, and even Rani Mukherjee.

4) Hmm Tum

Hmm Tum
© Yash Raj Films

One of my personal favorites, Hmm Tum which had Saif and Rani in the lead roles was not envisioned with Saif Ali Khan playing the role of Karan Kapoor. The role first went to actor Hrithik Roshan and when he said no, it was also offered to Vivek Oberoi. However, both actors had reservations about it, and it ultimately went to Saif Ali Khan, who as we know pulled it off!

5) Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do
© Excel Entertainment

One of the latest wonders of Bollywood, Dil Dhadakne Do is an imperfectly perfect film. You could even say that there could have been no one who would play the roles of the main characters better than the actors who did. However, it’s a lesser-known fact that almost all of the main characters in the movie weren’t really Zoya Akhtar’s first choice. The roles of Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah were first offered to Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Raveena Tandon, respectively.

6) Veer Zaara

Veer Zaara
© Yash Raj Films

The film which brought tears to hundreds of thousands and drove audiences crazy for on-screen couple Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, was first offered to none other than Kajol and Ajay Devgn. It wasn’t until the couple turned down the offer that SRK and Preity were approached for this gem, and the rest is history.