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18 Bollywood Actors You Will Be Surprised To Know Were The First Choice For These Movies

Here’s a list of actors who weren’t the first choice of the filmmakers of these movies.

1. Katrina Kaif was initially cast as Shruti in Barfi!

Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong
Katrina Kaif/Instagram

Several years after its release, no one could imagine any one other than Ileana D’Cruz as Shruti in Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Barfi. However, Anurag Basu initially roped in Katrina Kaif to play Ranbir’s love interest in the film.

Ileana D'Cruz barfi

2. Twinkle Khanna was the first choice to play Teena in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

young Twinkle Khanna

It is very well-known by now that Karan Johar planned to cast Twinkle Khanna in his directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Before Rani Mukerji, Twinkle was supposed to play Teena in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer.

rani mukerji kuch kuch hota hai

3. Salman Khan casted in SRK’s Baazigar!

Salman Khan

The director-duo initially had Salman Khan in their mind while casting for Baazigar. However, Salman’s dad turned down the role for its negativity. Ultimately, the film went to SRK and the rest is history.

srk Baazigar

4. Akshay Kumar was the first choice of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

young Akshay kumar

Milkha Singh himself preferred Akshay Kumar to play his role in his biopic. Later, Farhan Akhtar was roped in and earned accolades for himself for the film.

Farhan Akhtar Milkha Singh

5. Instead of Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted Kareena Kapoor in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali had made up his mind to cast Kareena Kapoor Khan as Leela in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela. However, Bebo turned down the role for Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and the role went to DP.

Deepika Padukone Ram-Leela

6. Kangana Ranaut was the first choice for The Dirty Picture


Vidya Balan wasn’t the filmmakers first choice to play Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture. Initially, they had Kangana Ranaut in their mind while writing the film. However, Kangana turned down the projector for Tanu Weds Manu.

Vidya Balan The Dirty Picture

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