Bollywood’s obsession with Hollywood is no breaking news. While stars like Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan and Anil Kapoor have bagged good roles in Hollywood, a bunch of other celebrities have even settled for cameos to establish their career on a global level.
Well, that’s only one side of the coin. Believe it or not, our Bollywood Stars have also REJECTED ambitious Hollywood projects. Hardly believable, right? Here are 12 Bollywood celebrities who rejected main roles in Hollywood movies.
Sharukh Khan- Slumdog Millionaire
Reason: the role was too small for King Khan!
Deepika Padukone- Furious 7
Reason: She was busy shooting for “Happy New Year.” Now, that’s loyalty!
Nasseruddin Shah- Harry Potter Series (Dumbeldore)
Reason: The actor didn’t want to give an “audition.”
Akshay Kumar- Untitled Hollywood Movie with Dawyne Johnson
Reason: Akki’s stand to stay clear of Hollywood.
Aishwarya Roy- Troy
Reason: The actress had a problem in doing an intimate scene with Brad Pitt.
Ronit Roy- Zero dark Thirty
Reason: He let the opportunity pass, as he was then working for “Student of the Year.” A thorough professional!
Reason: Priyanka declined the role as she was then busy shooting for “7 Khoon Maaf.” Later the role was played by Frieda Pinto.
Hrithik Roshan- The Pink Panther 2
Reason: Like Akshay Kumar, Hrithik too resists the urge to work in Hollywood. Hence, he declined the role of Vincent in the second instalment of The Pink Panther 2.
Irrfan Khan- Interstellar
Reason: Irrfan initially agreed to do the film on one condition that he wanted to shuttle to India for “The Lunchbox” and “D-Day.” But the Interstellar director Christopher Nolan didn’t allow this; hence Irrfan had to decline the offer.
Dilip Kumar- The Lawrence of Arabia
Reason: the reason is not clearly known but some say that it is because the actor’s bad health that he had to decline the offer. The role later went on to an Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.
Madhuri Dixit- A cameo in an untitled Hollywood Movie.
Reason: The length of the role was too short for the “Dhak-Dhak” Girl!
Payal Rohtagi- Untitled Hollywood Movie
Reason: According to the actress, “I am happy that I got an international offer by a French director but I won’t be able to take part in his film as he wanted me exclusively for two years.” That says all!
Can you feel some smoke of regrets? Hell, Ya!