Films Shahrukh Khan Rejected Went Big Hits Later
Shah Rukh Khan, undoubtedly is one of the most profitable Bollywood stars when it comes to Box Office performance. There is hardly any role that Bollywood Badshah hasn’t played, be it a lover boy in DDLJ, or negative character as in Darr and Baajigar and Don, or a hard-core coach as in Chak De India, or sensible characters as in Devdas, My Name Is Khan and Fan – all these brought SRK a high acclaim.
While Shah Rukh’s successful movies in terms of Box Office Collection are little less in number (if I wink) – Karan Arjun, DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Don, Chak De, Chennai Express, Happy New Year are there.
However, some more brilliant movies could have been a part of the list unless Shahrukh Khan didn’t rejected some of greatest Bollywood Blockbusters.
Without much ado, let’s take a look at the list of Blockbuster movies that Shahrukh Khan rejected.
Blockbuster Movies Rejected By Shah Rukh Khan
1. Munna Bhai MBBS
It may come as shocking to you to know that Shah Rukh Khan was offered Munna Bhai MBBS first by director Rajkumar Hirani for the role of Munna Bhai, with Sanjay Dutt being approached for the role of Zaheer, the terminally ill patient.
But when SRK refused to do Munna Bhai MBBS, the role of Munna Bhai went to Sanjay Dutt, who immediately agreed to do it and Zaheer was eventually played by Jimmy Shergill. Had Shahrukh not rejected Munna Bhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt would have left playing the supporting role of Zaheer. SRK’s rejection of Munna Bhai MBBS gave a boost to Sanjay Dutt’s career, serving the sequel one, Lage Raho Munna Bhai on Sanjay Dutt’s plate, which both brought to Sanjay Dutt high acclamations from the audiences and the critics.
2. Kaho Na Pyar Hai
Kaho Na Pyar Hai was ‘Krrish 4’ star Hrithik Roshan’s debut film, which made him superstar overnight. But Rakesh Roshan’s son wasn’t the first choice for Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, in fact Rakesh Roshan wanted to cast Shahrukh Khan. But things didn’t work out, and director Rakesh Roshan decided to give his son the Bollywood break with this movie. Kaho Na Pyar Hai was a box office blockbuster and He also became the only actor to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Debut and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the same film
made it to the Limca Book Of Records for winning the maximum number of awards in Bollywood.
Ashutosh Gowariker’s first choice was either Shahrukh Khan or Abhishek Bachchan for the role of Bhuvan in Lagaan. As Shah Rukh Khan rejected Lagaan, and Bachchan Jr chose to enter cinema with J. P. Dutta’s Refugee (2000), Aamir was approached Lagaan. The Dangal actor readily agreed to act as well as to produce the film. Lagaan became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
4. Rang De Basanti
Shahrukh Khan was the first choice for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti. When Rakeysh Omprakash went to approach SRK, he got a rejection from the Raees star. As equally dramatic as Lagaan, this Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s classic too catered to Aamir Khan once SRK refused to do so. Shahrukh’s rejection eventually profited Aamir Khan and left him with a couple more Best Actor awards.
5. Jodhaa Akbar
Not many know that Ashutosh Gowariker after getting rejected for Lagaan by and worked later in Swadesh, again approached SRK for Jodha Akbar.
However, SRK rejected Jodha Akbar as the film had a tough shooting schedule with far away locations and reportedly the epic historical drama didn’t impress Badshah Khan, which went straightforward to the Kaabil actor. Jodhaa Akbar proved to be a hit, with many awards and nominations to its credit, leaving Hrithik Roshan with the most prestigious character of his career.
6. Heyy Babyy
Heyy Babyy was Sajid Khan’s debut as a director and he was keen to cast Shah Rukh Khan in his maiden directorial venture. Apparently, the role of Angel’s father was first offered to Shah Rukh Khan but he rejected it and played by Akshay Kumar later on. However, SRK was seen in a cameo performing in the ‘Mast Kalandaar’ song after rejecting the main lead in Heyy Babyy.
7. 3 Idiots
After making two films on Munna bhai, when Rajkumar Hirani wanted to adapt Chetan Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone into a film, he again approached Shah Rukh Khan to play the character of Rancho. And as SRK rejected 3 Idiots, it went later on to Aamir Khan. The film went on to become the biggest Bollywood grosser of the time and one of the most loved Bollywood films. First Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan, then Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti, Aamir Khan thus proved to be indebted to Shahrukh Khan for the third time.
You may leave with a shock to know that Talaaiva Rajnikanth wasn’t the first choice, even not the second choice for Shankhar’s Robot, in fact he was approached for Robot when two actors already rejected it. Actually S. Shankar first approach Kamal Hassan for Robot along with Preity Zinda as female lead. Despite the completion of a photoshoot featuring Haasan and Zinta, Robot was shelved as a result of scheduling conflicts with Haasan. June 2007, Shankar approached Shah Rukh Khan for the lead in Robot. Khan was about to produce it under his own banner,Red Chillies Entertainment, but in October the same year the project was officially aborted due to creative differences between the two. As Shah Rukh Khan rejected Robot, it went into Rajinikanth’s kitty and created records at the box office, winning several awards.
Apparently, SRK was offered by Maniratnam for his film Raavan which SRK rejected for unknown reason and it went to Abhishek Bachchan later. Raavan didn’t go well on the box office, so King Khan might not have regretted his decision much.
10. Ferrari Ki Sawari
Just like Munna Bhai MBBS and 3 Idiots, Shahrukh Khan was the first choice for Bidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari. And like before, again SRK rejected Ferrari Ki Sawari and it went to Sharman Joshi. “Shah Rukh was offered 3 Idiots, Ferrari Ki Sawari, Munnabhai and other films. He is our first guy – we go to him first and if he says no, then we move on,” Bidhu Vinod Chopra told PTI.
11. Ek Tha Tiger
Kabir Khan’s 2012 action flick was first offered to SRK, who turned it down. Ek Tha Tiger Shah Rukh Khan could have been Kabir Khan’s tiger if he had not rejected the film. Kabir had approached King Khan for the film. However, despite liking the script, Shahrukh Khan rejected Ek Tha Tiger due to date issues. The makers then approached Salman Khan, who happily came on board. Ek Tha Tiger became the second highest grosser Bollywood film of all time, which SRK might have regretted little.
So, the movies that Shah Rukh Khan rejected somehow gave boast to Aamir Khan’s career, giving the latter all the loved movies of his career. And SRK must have regretted at least a little for rejecting these movies, which not only became big hits in Box Office, but will remain as the prestigious movies of Indian Cinema.