Actresses Who Turned Down Roles Opposite the Khans

    Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are three topmost superstars of Hindi cinema with whom every actress wants to share screen space. However, there have been instances more than once where some ladies of Bollywood refused to do a film with them. In our latest listicle, we list down those top then popular actresses who turned down roles opposite the Khans.

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    10AISHWARYA RAI (RAJA HINDUSTANI)

    Starring Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan in the lead role of a taxi driver cum tourist guide, ‘Raja Hindustani’ was the biggest blockbuster film of 1996 in India. It set the box office on fire from the very first day of its release and turned out to be the third most commercially successful Bollywood film of the 1990s. Produced at a budget of Rs. 5.75 crores, the film pulled in a whooping Rs. 76.34 crores worldwide, a collection which was unheard of back in 90s. It is also remembered till date for its melodic compositions. The movie has gathered a huge following over the years and thus has been given the status of an all time blockbuster.

    The musical love story stars Karisma Kapoor as the leading lady. Karisma, who played the character of rich and sensitive Aarti Saigal in the movie, received huge compliments for her stunning looks and performance in the film. ‘Raja Hindustani’ is considered to be the best film of her entire career. It catapulted her to the league of top actresses in the 90s. She received her first Filmfare Award in the Best Actress in a leading role category. But do you know that the role which changes her career completely was first offered to Aishwarya Rai. Yes! Aishwarya was supposed to play Aarti, but she turned down the role because she was not much interested in a career in films at that point of time and was busy with her studies and modeling assignments.

    Not just her, but the same role was offered to Juhi Chawla also. Juhi did not accept the offer due to some personal issues with Aamir Khan. It was also reported in the media that Pooja Bhatt was almost ready to sign the film, but on Aamir Khan’s request, director Dharmesh Darshan had to look for some other actress as Aamir did not want to work with any actress he had worked with before.

    TRIVIA: Aamir Khan won the Best Actor Award at Filmfare, for the first time, after being nominated for eight consecutive best actor nominations.

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    1. There are too many Khans / too many Muslims in Bollywood a national security risk & on top of this the Muslim actors and producers aggressively promote Pak actors in Bollywood
      It’s time Govt. of India needs to have a serious look at the mess happening in Bollywood and it’s Hawala finances

      • Yes, and there are just too many muslims in India it self, I mean just yesterday I saw a man in a beard and muslim cap walking down the street as if he has a right to exist. And while we are on the subject, what’s up with the sikhs, Christians, South Indians and anyone who isn’t exactly like me. I just think me and Modi ji are the only ones that should be allowed to live in India.

      • There is no hindi films any more it’s all urdu even the songs are rubbish no menings in lyrics, now I remember rafi sabs interview saying they make me sing i don’t feel like singing

      • There are too many sharmas, shastrys, Pandeys, Shuklas, chaturvedis, Trivedis, Dwivedis… all of them wear cross white belts on their body. It is so irritating. They are biggest conspirators and chamchas of the rich people who are constantly making evil plans behind scenes to ruin and loot India. They steal not just from society but from temples ad gods. They are racist and misogynist. They practice discrimination. They are a menace to the society.They should all be rounded up and thrown into jails. #Sarcasm

      • You guys seems to have listened to #togdiya tape !
        For your information – muslims are part of our culture. If you guys want to go back to jungle times, with rishis and rishikanya type feeling…we dont mind, just try that !

        Eitherway, state is telling you what to EAT, DRINK, THINK, SPEAK, WEAR, CELEBRATE ……we are almost having a dictatorship – where is damn #democracy ?

      • Sharma ji aap kis duniya mein rah rahe hain? Itni nafrat aapko Khans (i.e., Muslims) in bollywood? Your hatted will destroy you person inside!

    2. The Bollywood was earlier controlled by Hazi Mastan, then Dawood Ibrahim hence they did not allow Hindu talent to grow, that needs to changed

    3. What’s so big that they turned down the roles? You just tried to show big article by using misleading title, but it’s not big and true, because most of them had already worked with the Khan’s and had flops before they turned down these roles.

      • Johnny is definitely a fake name you are using, you seem to be a coward using a Christian name to put down the Muslims. We Christians are a peace loving community and respect the Muslim religion just as we respect the other religions too. The day some of you Hindu Zealots get it into your brains that the Earth Planet is for people of all religions that is the day you will live peacefully and let the other live peacefully too. And fake Mr. Johnny, as for the Khans, nobody is forcing you watch their movies, we love their movies and so do millions of fans all over the world, accept that fact.

    4. Do a reality check dude! India is a secular country not a HINDU country.
      The khan’s rock and they are ones who have kept you all entertained not just on the big but also the small screen.

      Why don’t all of you HINDU’s stop watching the Khan movies and find entertainment in regional movies staring non-muslims?

    5. There is Quota in film industry. It is up to the public. Public produces Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh bacchan etc

    6. I Completely agree with you K Sharma, It looks like its not an India Cinema we are talking about but the Pakistani Cinema, Too Many Khans, But lets Exclude Salman Khan, because as my opinion he is at least a Patriot as Compare to Other Khans.

    7. There are many other good actors besides ageing khans like AkshayKumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranvir Singh and our ever versatile actors like good old Amitji and Rajnikant. You can watch their films. Khans actors too are not unpatriotic. and , by the way, the Paki actors have run away and doubt will ever come back.

    8. Talent has no Religion and Race, and no Khan ( Amir, SRK or Sallu) is Licenced to kill if you don’t watch their movies, people including me love to watch their movies by their Self Wish and coming back with smile on their Face.

    9. What has religion got to do with this film or other.
      Let us enjoy what is enjoyable and not about Khans or whatever.

      Sathya Parthar

    10. Bollywood has mix of hindu muslims actors both.
      No one complained when Raj kapoor, dev anand, Rajesh khanna and Amitabh ruled the industry

      And wait and see, Khans will go out of competition in 10 years.
      Who knows who is going to come after them

      • They only become Muslim when they are abt to go to jail. Is that right as a moral human being to kill people on footpath, to be associated with real life gundas or have sex without marriage, Mutaher? Should be ashamed of these act. Totally not Islamic and it’s not Islamic to support wrong doers as well. What is wrong is wrong. Irrespective of who does it. Sudhar jao Bhai. India is our country, lets think of how we can make it better. Development happens from within.

    11. Aditor please don’t give space to these people who talk and write about anti national or inter religion . Your aditorial will be responsible for creating deferences in the society. Actually you people delebrately bring these topics for your so called TRP. Then these all people in conversation get chance to spit poison.

    12. Why we cannot hate them while SRK openly professes love for Pakistan. Those who connive the destruction of their own culture , religion and country in the name of a barbarian from Samarkhand in the name of religion do not have an Indian heart

    13. Grow up people….life has much much better to offer than this cheap crap which is being discussed….see the world..learn from other western and eastern countries..they have civilised in true sense…please dont have the same frog and crab mentality….think positive…think good for the nation and its people…sudhar jao…aage badho….enough of this muslims..cows..beef..babris..caste, creed..north indians..south indians….have a vision for your country…love your country. Jai Hind.

      • Now that makes sense. We are human beings. Period. Be it Hindu , Muslim or others. Get on with your lives and think india not caste religion or colour. That will take india to a new level.

    14. why can’t everybody live in peace and love each other whether its khans or indians we are all human.we all love bollywood whether its khans or anyone else . we love watching all movies it doesn’t matter if its khans or khans. the whole world loves rajesh khanna still.

    15. There are nearly 300 million muslims in India. 99.99 percent of them are hard working and good people.
      A small percentage, not just in India but all over the world, are misled.
      The whole muslim community is suffering because of this and they are viewed with suspicion. This is so wrong.
      At least we in India with such a rich history of enlightenment should not fall into this trap and live in peace with our muslim brothers.

    16. Very strange. We are all Indians irrespective of which religion we follow. Please do not forget we come from the same DNA,we should respect all film artists based on their talent and not religion. In my opinion all Khans are quite secular as their life partners are from different religions and they maintain complete harmony between their religious background. We must appreciate them for their broad mindedness.

    17. people like you are spreading hatred between the communities within the India Have you ever think about same hatred will be officially supported as in India in other countries what would be the shape and culture of the world all the Hindus will compress in India all the muslims in Arab world Pakistan and all the christians in their land BJP wants this type of world If every one agree lets try .

    18. A small bit from me too. I have been involved pretty closely with Bollywood and hence after reading all the comments, I could not just resist responding.
      For everyone’s information, Bollywood is the only ‘ community ‘ so to say, which is totally secular. How else do you justify, Late Mohd. Rafi ( a Musalman) singing the best Bhajan till date in the movie ” Baiju Bawra” ( Man tadpat Hari Darshan ko aaj ) and Late Mr. Roshan ( a Hindu and gramps of Hritwik Roshan) render the music for the best Qawwali TILL DATE in the movie ” Barsaat ki raat “.
      Bottomline. Art and its expression has no boundaries of any religious matrix.

    19. Any movie industry is controlled by the mafia. The khans sounds Muslim but underneath they all are Hindus.including me I have a Hindu heritage. Any one knows history knows Muslims in India were forced to become Muslims under the sword. All their mothers and grand mothers were raped by the Muslim rulers and their cohorts . Even the Hindu wedding had to be conducted at midnight due to kidnap and rape of our girls by Muslims at the time. That is history. Muslims are here to stay and we have to live with them. The radicalisation had to stop. Especially money flowing from Saudi Arabia to promote vahabism which is the root cause of modern day terrorism. All Madasas are funded by them and they teach and breed terrorists

    20. This is needless discussion. Fittest survive in this competitive world.
      Lets not forget contributions of the likes of Great Bismillah Khansaab,ustad Vilayath Khansaab, Sarod masterione Amjad Ali khan saab,Grat Begum Akhtar,MeenaKumari,Mohammed Rafisaab,Talat mohammad,Madhubala etc
      However it is necessary that every one need to be sensitive while commenting on sensitive issues.
      Ramakrishna

    21. Saffron terror from north infiltrated in south too so sad Hindutva forces are murdering
      innocent people trying to silent voices we know how to
      differentiate between criminals and bhakts. go sanitize the lynchers and chest
      thumping 52 inch intimidating monk3ys.

    22. Its easy to spread hatred but hard to spread love & humanity.
      Why bring religion in Bollywood !
      All top actors whether Khans or Akki or Ranbir, Ranvir, Amitji all celebrate Diwali, Holi, Eid togather.
      India has been secular, peace loving & tolerant when Maharajas ruled, Moghuls ruled & Britisher when they ruled.
      We need high literacy amongst our people whether Hindu or Muslim or any community. When literacy is low hatered spews.
      There will always be orthodox people on bith sides. Today India has progressed because of secularism. Pl try n respect each others culture. The divide n rule policy after the Britz left is now being taken over by corrupt politicians to polarise people of India in spreading racisim. The current govt under Modi is trying to unite all but some factions within n outside are trying to spread hatred between two long n loving cultures.

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