16 May 2019: 8 blockbusters that SRK rejected in his career
Shah Rukh Khan is flying to New York to appear on noted television host David Letterman's popular talk-show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which airs on Netflix.
And like the show-title, SRK truly needs no introduction.
He has done over 80 Bollywood films, and many are notable ones.
However, do you know he rejected some fine pieces that went on to become blockbusters?
KNPH (2000): The film that marked Hrithik's entry was offered to SRK
Did you know Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai that established Hrithik Roshan in Bollywood was first offered to SRK?
It was Hrithik who suggested his father Rakesh Roshan to opt for a fresh face, as he had done endless number of movies with SRK, and Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai might not click.
Rest is history.
In 2000, SRK appeared in movies like Josh, and Mohabbatein.
Lagaan (2001): SRK was offered to play Aamir's Bhuvan?
A year later, Shah Rukh rejected another landmark film that went on to become an Oscar nomination, Lagaan.
Yes, director Ashutosh Gowariker had asked SRK to play Bhuvan, which eventually went to Aamir Khan, and catapulted him to new heights of success.
Notably, Aamir was also not impressed with the Lagaan script initially, and had called it a "bizarre thought and a strange story."
Munna Bhai (2003): Shah Rukh was thought as Munna, Dutt as Circuit
The 2003 film Munna Bhai MBBS is indescribable.
It is funny, has a message, and Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Gracy Singh were all top-notch.
Now, imagine SRK as Munnabhai, as he was producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra's first choice, and Dutt was to be Circuit.
However, Shah Rukh opted out of the film because of his ill-health.
Thankfully (?) he did that!
RDB (2006): Shah Rukh didn't want to play second fiddle to Aamir
Rang De Basanti remains as one the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood.
It had Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan in key roles.
Now, here's a fun fact: Shah Rukh was offered the role of Air Force pilot essayed by R Madhavan, but he rejected it since he didn't want to play second fiddle to Aamir.
What a loss!
Jodhaa Akbar (2008): The superstar was not comfortable with shooting locations
Gowariker wanted to work with Shah Rukh again despite their debacle, Swades (2004).
So, he offered the actor Jodhaa Akbar.
However, he refused to play the role as he wasn't comfortable with the shooting locations, and also wanted to spend time with his family.
It later went to Hrithik, who played Akbar like a dream. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was his Jodha.
Slumdog (2008): Danny Boyle visited SRK's residence, actor refused to meet him
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won eight Academy Awards, and created history in the world of cinema.
Anil Kapoor, who played the role of quiz master Prem Kumar, can thank SRK for the accolades he still receives.
That's because that role was first offered to the latter.
Apparently, though Danny visited SRK's residence Mannat, the actor didn't meet him, and it eventually went to Anil.
3 Idiots (2009): SRK called himself "4th Idiot" for rejecting this Hirani masterpiece
In 2016, Shah Rukh called himself the "4th Idiot," for rejecting Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots citing date issues.
The role of Rancho was to go to SRK, which of course, later was intelligently portrayed by Aamir.
In 2009, Shah Rukh appeared in two movies, Billu, produced by him, starring Irrfan Khan and Lara Dutt, and Luck By Chance, and none were full-fledged roles.
Robot (2010): SRK had a fallout with director Shankar over script, CG
Well, well, this is a surprise entry, but it is a fact.
SRK walked out of Robot because he had suggested some changes in the script, but director S Shankar refused those.
Another reason why the two clashed was because Shankar wanted to do the film's Computer Graphics (CG) through Hollywood's Stan Winston studios, but SRK wanted Red Chillies VFX to do it.