10 Super Hit Films You Didn’t Know Were Rejected By These Bollywood Celebs

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Remember when you rejected your parent’s offer to go out for a family dinner and regretted it big time when they said they ran into your favorite celebrity at the restaurant and even got a selfie with them? We know you may not have experienced the exact same incident (if yes, then it’s too much of a coincidence), but you can relate to some opportunity you denied, and even thinking of that rubs salt in your wounds. Life is all about choices, and while you can’t make intelligent decisions, there will always be something that will give you regrets! But the silver lining is you are not alone! Let’s take Bollywood superstars, for example; they sign movies that work as steps to get higher on the pillar of success. But what if they rejected the film for any reason, and it turned out to be an absolute blockbuster? That sure will make them eat their heart out, isn’t it? Not that crying over spilled milk will turn the clock back, but here in this article, we have made a list of some top actors who rejected films that turned out to be super hits. Read on!

1. Deepika Padukone Rejected The Offer For The Film Gangubai Kathiawadi

Deepika Padukone Rejected The Offer For The Film Gangubai Kathiawadi
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Gangubai Kathiawadi, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was a smashing success. Gangubai, a fearless woman from Mumbai’s Kamathipura, was the protagonist. It was reported that both Alia and Deepika both would appear in the film, with Deepika perhaps being given a more substantial role. But we know Deepika had to turn down the offer for whatever reasons, and  that thankfully did not affect the movie’s success.

2. Kareena Kapoor Rejected The Offer For The Film Ram Leela

Kareena Kapoor Rejected The Offer For The Film Ram Leela
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Bebo has starred in several critically acclaimed films throughout her career. Some of the great movies she was in include Omkara, Chameli, & Jab We Met. In an interview, she said that she denied the offer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Ram Leela and later came to regret it when she chose to do Gori.

3. Alia Bhatt Rejected The Offer For The Film Neerja

Alia Bhatt Rejected The Offer For The Film Neerja
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Alia has recently wowed us with films like Darlings & Gangubai Kathiawadi. She put on an incredible show that left us all speechless. Rumor has it that she was contacted for the role of Neerja in the film, but ultimately the timing wasn’t right, so she rejected the offer.

4. Ranbir Kapoor Rejected The Offer For The Film Dil Dhadakne Do

Ranbir Kapoor Rejected The Offer For The Film Dil Dhadakne Do
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With films like Brahmastra and Shamshera, Ranbir Kapoor is back on the big screen. However, in the case of Dil Dhadakne Do, written and directed by Zoya Akhtar, it was rumored that Ranbir was initially offered the part before Ranveer accepted it.

5. Salman Khan Rejected The Offer For The Film Chak De! India

Salman Khan Rejected The Offer For The Film Chak De! India
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Although Salman appeared in several romantic comedies early in his career, he eventually shifted his focus to other types of films. Not many people know this, but Salman turned down the coach’s role in Chak De! India. He said his reason was that he did not like the film’s Climax, and even the director had told him that he was missing out on a great opportunity.

6. Ajay Devgn Rejected The Offer For The Film Bajirao Mastani

Ajay Devgn Rejected The Offer For The Film Bajirao Mastani
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Although Ajay Devgn has provided us with several action packed movies, few are aware of his involvement with the movie Bajirao Mastani. The part of Bajirao was offered to him, but the deal fell through when Sanjay Leela Bhansali refused to meet Ajay’s demands.

7. Saif Ali Khan Rejected The Offer For The Film Devdas

Saif Ali Khan Rejected The Offer For The Film Devdas
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Saif Ali Khan was the first casting choice for the part of Chunnilal in Devdas. Although he first tried out for the role, Jackie Shroff ultimately got it.

8. Shah Rukh Khan Rejected The Offer For The Film 3 Idiots

Shah Rukh Khan Rejected The Offer For The Film 3 Idiots
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We all know SRK has turned down several Bollywood roles, but the rumor is that he also abandoned Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. However, we are happy that it did not diminish the movie’s charm.

9. Katrina Kaif Rejected The Offer For The Film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Katrina Kaif Rejected The Offer For The Film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
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It’s no surprise that Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a forever fan favorite. But, according to rumors, Katrina was the first choice for the part of Naina.

10. Kangana Ranaut Rejected The Offer For The Film The Dirty Picture

Kangana Ranaut Rejected The Offer For The Film The Dirty Picture
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Kangana said in an earlier interview that she was approached to star in The Dirty Picture but declined. She said she was glad Vidya Balan performed in such a great way. However, she did not shy away from saying that she underestimated the movie’s potential.

No matter which road you take, the other one will always give you FOMO. But it is essential to take this as a lesson that life does not necessarily end with regrets. Even though these stars missed these opportunities, they made the right decisions for the many super-hit movies they starred in. It also gave other actors a chance to exhibit their talents. So, which of these actors surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments section!

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Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and...read full bio

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