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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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.

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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.

    • 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 ?

  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.

  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. 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.

  8. 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