Bollywood Actors Who Rejected Hollywood Movies:
Hollywood is definitely one big attraction for talented actors to showcase their acting skills. A meaty role in a Hollywood plum project is the dream of many a Bollywood actors. However, there are a few Bollywood actors who rejected Hollywood movies!! Don’t be taken aback… it is true!!
Here is a list of Bollywood actors who rejected Hollywood movies:
1. Dilip Kumar – Lawrence of Arabia:
The thespian actor Dilip Kumar rejected the lead role in the international project Lawrence of Arabia (1962) by director David Lean. The role eventually went to Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.
2. Shah Rukh Khan – Slumdog Millionaire :
The King of Bollywood had the chance to make an international debut with Danny Boyle’s Indian saga Slumdog Millionaire. Shah Rukh Khan was offered Anil Kapoor’s character in the movie.
3. Akshay Kumar –
Untitled movie co-starring Dwayne Johnson: Hollywood studio had to cast an Asian face with action star Dwayne Johnson, Akshay Kumar was a natural choice. However, maintaining his stand of staying clear of Hollywood movies, Akshay turned down the opportunity.
4. Deepika Padukone – Fast & Furious 7 :
Deepika was offered a meaty role in the Fast & the furious 7 but she turned it down as she was busy shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year!
5. Naseeruddin Shah – Harry Potter Series:
Actor Naseeruddin Shah refused to audition for Albus Dumbledore’s role from the Harry Potter Series the death of Richard Harris.
6. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Troy:
Aishwarya is arguably the most well-known Indian face in Hollywood. She was offered a role opposite Brad Pitt in the Oscar-nominated war movie, Troy. However, the role’s demand didn’t match up with Aishwarya and she turned it down.
7. Irrfan Khan – Interstellar:
Irrfan Khan had to take the most difficult decision of his life when he was offered Matt Damon’s part in Interstellar which required him to camp in the US for four months. However, Irrfan wanted to shuttle to India in between to complete the filming of ‘The Lunchbox’ and ‘D-Day’.
8. Ronit Roy – Zero Dark Thirty:
Ronit was offered a role in the Oscar award winning movie Zero Dark Thirty. But being a thorough professional that he is, Ronit gave priority to work Student of the Year ad turned down the offer.
9. Priyanka Chopra – Immortals:
Priyanka Chopra was offered an important role in the Hollywood hit ‘Immortals’ which she couldn’t pursue because of her prior commitment to ‘7 Khoon Maaf.’ Priyanka’s loss became Frieda Pinto’s gain.
10. Hrithik Roshan – The Pink Panther 2:
The role of ‘Vicente’ was offered to Hrithik in the second instalment of The Pink Panther franchise, however Hrithik Roshan turned it down.
11. Madhuri Dixit – Untitled Hollywood Movie:
The role required Madhuri to play herself in a cameo which was supposed to be a dream sequence in the movie which traced the journey of an American girl who aspires to become a Bollywood actress. Madhuri turned the offer down.
Whatever may be the reason for rejecting the Hollywood movies, these Bollywood stars have shown that talent has no boundaries.