8 Actors Who Were Actually the First Choice For These Hit Bollywood Movies

You would have never guessed #5!

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1. Hrithik Roshan - Dil Chahta Hai

The iconic film was first offered to Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan, to play the famous trio. When Hrithik and Abhishek rejected it, Akshaye Khanna and Aamir Khan, stepped in instead. The film went on to be loved by all Indians, for it's quirky and relatable story.

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2. Akshay Kumar -Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

The film, and Farhan Akhtar went on to win several awards for this amazing biopic. Although we couldn't imagine anyone doing a better job than Farhan, he wasn't always the first choice. Akshay Kumar was considered first, but he rejected it to do Kaambakkt Ishq,and Tees Maar Khan,instead.

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3. Kangana Ranaut -The Dirty Picture

Can you imagine, Kangana actually refused the amazing opportunity, to play the main lead in Dirty Picture?! It bought Vidya Balan into the limelight like never before. People recognised her ability to do roles that were out of her comfort zone, and it was definitely an iconic moment for Bollywood. She was the talk to the town, and made headlines for the longest time ever.

4. Kareena Kapoor -Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela

Kareena's poor choice in rejecting the hit film, was definitely a gain for Deepika Padukone. Ram Leela, is now one of the highest grossing films, and fans loved the chemistry between Deepika and Ranveer Singh. Although Kareena was the first choice for the movie, the role was finally given to Deepika,as things didn't work out between Kareena. And the rest is history...

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5. Katrina Kaif -Chennai Express

She rejected starring beside Shah Rukh Khan, to the highest grosser film in 2013! Wow, is that a bad choice or what? But can you imagine Katrina, with the famous 'Meenamma' accent?

Deepika Padukone was the final choice for the role, and we can safely say that she did an amazing job.

6. Saif Ali Khan - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Can you believe anyone else, but Shah Rukh Khan to play the iconic role of 'Raj'? Well believe it or not, Saif was offered the role first. Actually, even before Saif, the directors wanted Tom Cruise to play the lead. Because, the film was supposed to be the story of an Indo-American couple. It was later changed to'NRI' and so Saif was considered. But Shah Rukh finally bagged the role, and imprinted his name in Bollywood.

7. Shah Rukh Khan - Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Shah Rukh could have added yet another blockbuster to his list of his achievements. But poor choice Shah Rukh. Lagaan wasn't just another hit Bollywood film, it actually made it to the Oscars! Although, Aamir Khan did an incredible joy with the film, there's always a next time for Shah Rukh.

8. Twinkle Khanna - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

This is quite a common fact, but it never fails to surprise us. The character of Tina, was actually originally written for Karan Johar's BFF, Twinkle Khanna. Twinkle's rejection, was Rani Mukherji's gain, who volunteered for the part. She continued to win over India with her incredible performance, and became a part of one of the most iconic films in the industry.

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