Let’s have a look at movies rejected by Aamir Khan, reportedly for not being a powerful script… if it’s really was the case.
The director Yash Chopra wanted to wanted to cast Ajay Devgn in one of the top romantic thrillers of Bollywood – Darr –, but since he didn’t get any response, the film went to Aamir. But Aamir decided to not do the film, and ultimately, Darr found its villain in Shah Rukh Khan.
DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAAYENGE (DDLJ)
Shah Rukh Khan’s career took off with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge. Till date, it is remembered as one of his best films. However, according to a report on Mtvindia.com, Aamir Khan decided not to do the film. In the year when SRK’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge released, Aamir Khan’s Rangeela also hit the screens. According to IMDb, SRK won several awards for DDLJ, and Aamir felt that he should have got an award for Rangeela. Post this incident, he stopped attending award functions.
However Darr is not the only film that Aamir Khan refused to do, and was taken up by Shah Rukh Khan. According to a report, Ashutosh Gowarikar and Aamir had become good friends after working together in Lagaan. And Aamir was offered a role in Ashutosh’s next Swades, but he rejected it saying that he got bored with it, stated a report on Indicine.com.
It seems like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan may never share the same frame for a film, but in the past there was one such opportunity which didn’t materialise. According to a report, the role of Prakash in Josh was offered to Aamir Khan. The report further stated that Aamir rejected the role because he felt that it was very small in comparison to Shah Rukh Khan’s role of Max. In the end, the character was played by Sharad Kapoor.
Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have proved to be an entertaining jodi onscreen and apparently the duo was approached to work together in Saajan. According to a report on Indicine.com, the makers of Saajan wanted to cast the two Khans together in the romantic tale, but Aamir Khan did not like the character offered to him. The report further stated that Sanjay Dutt loved the role and immediately lapped up the offer.
HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN
The film which boosted Salman Khan’s popularity – Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! was apparently offered to Aamir Khan. According to IMDb, Aamir Khan was approached for the role of Prem. But he but he refused to do the film as he didn’t find the script very appealing. It seems like Aamir rejecting the film, in a way, helped boost Salman Khan’s career who made it big in Bollywood, stated IMDb.
Nayak The Real Hero, which starred Anil Kapoor, was initially offered to Aamir Khan. According to IMDb, Aamir was offered the leading role of Shivaji Rao, but he turned it down. Eventually the film went to Anil Kapoor, and the film went on to be a huge success at the box office.
Superstar Aamir Khan is reportedly not working on the sequel of Oscar nominated sports-drama ‘Lagaan’. There were rumours that Aamir has started work on the second installment of the film, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.
The article originally appeared in the Times of India.