If there is any other Khan who can stand tall in front of the Khan trio of Bollywood, he is none other than Saif Ali Khan. The National Award winning actor has been part of many successful films in his career, like Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Tum and Omkara. But there are a few films that the actor rejected, which could have changed his fortune around. Let’s have a look at the list of films rejected by Saif Ali Khan.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ)
The film, which catapulted Shah Rukh Khan to the apogee of superstardom, was first offered to Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise as it originally revolved around an Indo-American affair. But veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, father of director Aditya Chopra, was not very happy with the basic theme of the film, so he changed it to NRI. After some modifications in the script, DDLJ was offered to Saif Ali Khan, but he turned down the offer. Today, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge tops the list of Indian cinema’s most successful film and enjoys a cult status.
Surprised? Yes, it is true that Karan Johar had first offered 2 States to Saif Ali Khan. Having worked with the actor in films like Kal Ho Na Ho and Kurbaan, Dharma Productions’ head honcho thought that Khan was the perfect choice to play Krish Malhotra in the film. However, Saif said no to Karan and the film then went to actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan before Arjun Kapoor was signed on. 2 States was a huge success at the ticket window.
Saif Ali Khan had been the male lead of Race and Race 2. Both films were highly successful at the box office. So, when the makers decided to launch the third instalment of the series, Khan was the obvious choice. But instead of being offered the lead role, Saif was offered a parallel lead along with superstar Salman Khan, but the Chef actor declined the offer as he did not want to play the second lead given the fact that he had been the leading man in the first two instalments of the franchise.
Salman Khan had initially planned to make this film with Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan. However, before the film could go on floors, a blanket ban was put on Pakistani actors against working in India. The film then went to Saif Ali Khan. But the actor could not sign the project on the dotted lines due to his busy schedule. Now it seems that Salman has decided to shelve the film forever.