Aamir Khan

  1. Sharad S Kapoor, Josh, India, 2000. Director Mansoor Khan offered his cousin the role of Prakash. Aamir, one of four Khans ruling 90s’ Indian cinema (Aamir, Saif Ali, Salman, Shahrukh), refused in a typically Bollywood huff over Shahrukh Khan having a bigger role
  2. Anil Kapoor. Nayak: The Real Hero, India. 2001. Turned down the chance of running the country – as happens to the TV reporter in the action drama.
  3. Saif Ali Khan, Dil Chahta Hai, India, 2001. Having lost both Abhishek Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan for the role of Siddarthe, Mumbai director Farhan Akhtar promptly switched the roles originally pencilled in for Aamir and Saif. The saga of three friends was attacked by Indian critics for being too Western – yet still won seven Filmfare awards, including one for Saif.
  4. Hrithik Roshan, Lakshya, India, 2004. In order to make The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, Aamir (once the highest paid Indian star) passed the lead to the newest, hottest superstar (and thereby, Indo-Mafia target), the three-thumbed Brad Pitt-Sylvester Stallone mix.
  5. Saif Ali Khan, Hum Tum, India, 2004. Khan, plus Vivek Oberoi Khan and Hrithik Roshan were also sought for Karan – the Bollywood version of Harry… meeting Sally…
  6. Salman Khan, London Dreams, India, 2008. A decade earlier, director Rajkumar Santoshi planned the film with a different cast and title: Rashque.
  7. Rajnkanth, Endhiran/The Robot/Robo, India, 2010. Dream project of director S Shankar since 2001 when Kamal Hassan was set for the double role of scientist Dr Vasigaran and his creation, the robot, Chitthi, which falls in love with co-star Aishwarya Rai. Next: Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Ajith Kumar came – and went. Finally, Shankar made it as not just Tollywood’s but India’s priciest movie, $35m, with costumes, stunts, SFX by the Batman, Matrix, Jurassic Park teams, locations in Austria, Brazil, Peru, USA! And starring, at age 60, the bus conductor turned moustachioed megastar of 150 action movies. Rajnkanth is quite literally worshipped by fans of the Kannada, Malayalam, Ytamil, Telugu, language movies of South Indian cinema – India’s largest.



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