You win some, you lose some, is the philosophy on which the Mumbai showbiz is founded. In an industry that releases more films than any other film industry in the world, the race gets tougher by the hour.
In this race, some actors have to step down and make way for others, some are replaced uninformed. Here are 11 such instances when actors were replaced by other actors.
Tabu replaced Rekha in 'Fitoor'
Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor may have Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor in central roles, it was the character of Begum Hazrat Jaan Mahal essayed by Tabu that stayed etched in the memories of its audience.
Interestingly, the original choice for this role was Rekha who walked out of it after shooting a few scenes. Rekha believed that the persona of Begum Hazrat was similar to her in real life and didn’t want to portray it on screen.
Harshvardhan Rane replaced Abhishek Bachchan in 'Paltan'
Abhishek had not only confirmed being in J P Dutta’s war film, Paltan, he had also shared its poster on his social media handle with the caption, “Brother to my left, brother to my right. Together we stand. Together we fight! I'm part of the Paltan, are you?" It thus came as a shocker when headlines reported on his quitting the film right before it hit the floor.
Even the director is clueless on the reasons for the Refugee actor’s sudden backtracking and was quoted saying, “Please go and speak to the Bachchans and let me know, because even I don't know.”
Akshay Kumar replaced Randeep Hooda in 'Kesari'
The battle of Saragarhi had always fascinated filmmakers, but it was Raj Kumar Santoshi who had made the first attempt to craft it on celluloid. He had cast Randeep Hooda to play the lead.
Unfortunately, distributors walked out of the film and it had to be shelved after having shot half of it. Later, Akshay Kumar picked the project anew and made a blockbuster out of it.
Ayushmann Khurana replaced Harshvardhan Kapoor in 'Andhadhun'
Director Sriram Raghavan, who is known to not only direct his actors but make them live the characters on screen, had chosen Sonam Kapoor’s brother Harshvardhan Kapoor for the role of Akash Saraf in Andhadhun. Differences sprung up when Harshvardhan started interfering with the script.
The director, on the other hand, suggested he attended acting workshops to break into the character. Kapoor walked out citing creative differences and the role fell into the lap of Ayushmann Khurana. He did a tremendous job and bagged a National award for the same.
Shahid Kapoor replaced Arjun Kapoor in 'Kabir Singh’
We all know that Kabir Singh was an immaculate remake of the South Indian film, Arjun Reddy. When the producers bought the rights of the remake, they had Arjun in mind for the titular role, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, however, had already committed the film to Shahid Kapoor.
This led to quite a complicated situation, but Arjun stepped back, respecting the director’s decision. Kabir Singh released last summer and did a business of over 370 crores against a budget of 60 crores.
Ranveer Singh replaced Ranbir Kapoor in 'Dil Dhadakne Do'
During its scripting phase, Ranbir Kapoor and cousin Kareena Kapoor were picked to play the onscreen siblings in Dil Dhadakne Do. When the shooting commenced, Ranbir realised he would have scheduling conflicts and decided to go for Bombay Velvet turning down Zoya Akhtar’s directorial.
Ranveer Singh then became a part of the movie; Kareena Kapoor, who was eager to play Ranbir’s onscreen sister didn’t wish to be cast as a sibling to another A-lister, and dropped out. The void was filled by Priyanka Chopra.
Kareena Kapoor replaced Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Heroine'
The Bachchan bahu announced her ‘good news’ soon after Heroine went on floors. Though this gave jitters to the makers, the actress committed to complete the filming by July 2011. But Madhur introduced two item numbers to the script later. Aishwarya, pregnant with her first child, was not in a position to shoot an item song.
A couple of hurried decisions and voila, Kareena Kapoor turned out to be the heroine of Heroine. Of course this strained Madhur Bhandarkar’s relations with the Bachchans, but, the show must go on.
Rani Mukherji replaced Aishwarya Rai in 'Chalte Chalte’
Salman and Aishwarya’s much gossiped romance was on the verge of falling asunder. An angry Salman’ decided to show up at Chalte Chalte’s shoot location and disrupt the shoot for prolonged hours. This put Shahrukh Khan, who was also the producer, in a dilemma. He wanted to work with Aishwarya, but couldn’t afford his work being halted by an agitated lover’s mood swings.
It was a tough decision, but he had to let go of Aishwarya and rope in Rani Mukherji. Chalte Chalte was a commercial success that Aishwarya lost out on for no mistake of hers.
Ameesha Patel replaced Kareena Kapoor in 'Kaho Na Pyaar Hai'
The original plan was always to have Kareena debut with Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. The star-kids had shot some scenes together too. But issues started to crop up between the director and the lead actress’ mother, Babita.
Going by grapevine, Babita was getting into the creative arena and ended up irking the director. He met Ameesha, who was his childhood friend’s daughter, at a party and offered her the movie. She leaped at it.
Supriya Pathak replaced Smriti in 'All is Well'
Television’s erstwhile favourite, Smriti Malhotra Irani was finalised for a coveted role in Umesh Shukla’s Abhishek Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor starrer, All Is Well. But the commitments of the Minister of Human Resources overpowered that of an actress, and Irani had to vacate the position of Shukla’s All is Well.
Fortune then favoured Supriya Pathak, but not before actresses like Tanvi Azmi and Shefali Shah were considered for the role originally offered to the actor-turned-politician.
John Abraham replaced Sushant Singh Rajput in 'RAW'
A large chunk of the action-packed Romeo Akbar Walter, helmed by Robbie Grewal, was shot with Sushant Singh Rajput. The actor had also featured on the first poster of RAW looking like an absolute charmer. Almost set to roll, the makers had to take a break to switch things up a bit.
The dates Sushant had provided to the team were later clashing with a different movie. The Dhoom star, who had already established himself in such roles, was then signed on.