Top 5 blockbuster films rejected by Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is one of the most respected actors in Bollywood. His rising demand since 25 years has led him to reject movies either because of date issues or discontentment with his role or script. Here are top 5 films rejected by Akshay Kumar.


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Before Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan was the first choice for the negative role in Baazigar. After his rejection the role later went to Akshay Kumar who too rejected it as he thought that playing the negative character will spoil their image. After many years, Akshay Kumar did a negative role in the film Ajnabee which was made by the Baazigar director duo Abbas-Mustan.


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Akshay Kumar was the first choice to play the role in Race which was directed by Abbas-Mustan. However, the superstar rejected the film for the reasons best known to him. The role was played by Saif Ali Khan who performed the character wonderfully. Had Akshay agreed to do the role, the film could have reached to another level.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag:

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Based on the life of Milkha Singh, Akshay Kumar was approached to do the film. He was the first choice for both Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Milkha Singh. Akshay Kumar turned down the offer because he was discontented with the script. The role went to Farhan Akhtar whose performance was appreciated by the audience and critics. The film was a commercial success.

A Hollywood movie:

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Not many know that Akshay Kumar was approached by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) studios for a movie featuring The Rock- Dwayne Johnson. However, the actor turned down the Hollywood film as he was not impressed with his character in the film. Well, with the success of his Bollywood films, Akshay knows to choose the best.

Ready (the song ‘Character Dheela Hai’):

The item song Character Dheela Hai from the film Ready starring Salman Khan was actually going to be picturized on Akshay Kumar in his comedy film Khatta Meetha (2010). But Akshay didn’t want to incorporate the song in his film for the unknown reasons. The item song was later included in the film Ready which became massively popular.