The Khans of Bollywood are not just great actors but working with them is like a shortcut to success. You come to the limelight, and people start noticing you. Your work and talent are appreciated, and other directors also start noticing your past work. Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Saif Ali Khan have worked hard to achieve this position where are in a place to introduce and appreciate fresh talent into the movies. It is indeed a big opportunity for any actor to be a part of a “Khan” movie, but to our surprise, these Bollywood actresses have refused roles in the movies that had Khans as lead roles.
1. Twinkle Khanna
Daughter of legendary Rajesh Khanna, Twinkle Khanna also just like her father wanted to become a successful actor. She was offered Rani Mukherji’s role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but Twinkle refused to a part of this film. Not only her, but even Raveena Tandon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tabu, Urmila Matondkar, and Karishma Kapoor rejected this film.
2. Aishwarya Rai
While Aishwarya was contesting for beauty pageants, she was offered to star in Raja Hindustani opposite Aamir Khan. She rejected the offer and went ahead with her preparation for beauty Pageants. This movie was commercially successful, and Aishwarya ended up winning the prestigious title.
3. Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor Khan was the first choice for Preity’s role on Kal Ho Na Ho. Karan Johar wrote the character keeping in mind Kareena. But later, Kareena refused to be a part of this film because she demanded a fee almost equal to that of Shah Rukh, and that made Karan unhappy. All of this made Karan caste Preity Zinta for the role.
Priyanka Chopra for the first choice for Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini. She rejected her role as she thought that it wasn’t that convincing. This movie smashed all the existing box-office records. Later, in 2019, Priyanka was offered Bharat opposite, Salman Khan. She accepted her role but she gave up as she planned her wedding around that time.
Brilliant actress Kajol is known for her impactful acting skills but to be able to deliver that kind of performance a person needs enough screen space. That’s exactly why she refused to star in 3 Idiots. The role later went to Kareena and it’s even said that Kareena herself approached Rajkumar Hirani for the role in the film.
6. Kangana Ranaut
National Award winner Kangana Ranaut was offered Salman Khan starrer Sultan. She rejected the film and said that she didn’t want to ‘demote’ herself by going through a role that wasn’t interesting to her.
7. Deepika Padukone
Padmavat Actress Deepika Padukone was also approached for Sultan. But she refused to star in this movie. She even rejected ‘Jai Ho’ (2014), ‘Kick’ (2014), ‘Sher Khan’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ (2015), all Salman Khan movies for varied quoted reasons.