1. Manisha Koirala,Mann, 1998.  Apparently not wishing to be compared with their betters, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Nandita Das  fled from copying – well, take your pick…  Irene Dunne in Love Affair, 1938; Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember, 1956; or Annette Bening in Love Affair,  1994. One silly story insisted that Tabu was dropped for being taller than co-star Aamir Khan.  By… two inches.   Never bothers Tom Cruise!
  2. Nandita Das, Pitaah, India, 2002. Tabu signed to play Paro – then didn’t.
  3. Gracy Singh, Munnabhai MBBS, India, 2003. When Rani Mukherjee had to leave the project, Tabu was asked to play Chinky – but she had to quit, as well. Schedules!
  4. Preity Zinta, Armaan, India, 2003. For her directing debut,  actress-scenarist    Honey Irani first asked Tabu to play Sonia Kapoor  – not one of the Kapoor acting clan. (Or, not yet).
  5. Shohreh Aghdashloo, X-Men: The Last Stand, 2005.  At 35, Bollywood star Tabu was was in the frame for Dr Kavita Rao  -alongside her aunt, Shabana Azmio, 55, a highly respected  icon of the Indian New Wave years.  The mutant cure scientist  was eventually won by the well-named Iranian actress – Shohreh means famous girl in Farsi.  She scored 65 (mainly TV) credits during 1976-2020, including 24, House of Saddam, The Simpsons, NCIS, The Mob Doctor, Grimm, Star Trek Beyond and playing Farah Madani, opposite Marvel’s Punisher Jon Bernthal, 2017-2019.
  6. Lara Dutta, Billu, India, 2009. “No thank you. I don’t want to work with Irrfan Khan.” Much less play his husband. She evidently had not enjoyed  their previous three outings: Ghath, 2000;  Maqbool, 2003; and Hollywood’s The Namesake, 200

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