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Top 6 films rejected by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan always charms the audience with her incomparable persona on screen. Although, she has blockbuster hits and flops in her kitty, many don’t know that this beauty too has rejected films for inexplicable reasons. Take a look at her top 6 rejected films.

Raja Hindustani:

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We wonder how it would have been like to see Aishwarya Rai Bachchan play the role in Raja Hindustani instead of Karisma Kapoor as the female lead. Well, before the role went to Karisma Kapoor, it was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who was the first choice for the role. However, this Bollywood beauty couldn’t do the film because she wanted to participate in Miss World pageant during the 90’s era. Her loss became Karisma Kapoor’s gain and the film became the biggest hit of the year.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai:

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Before Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar had first considered Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play the role in his home production Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. However, Aishwarya declined the role citing date issues. The film turned out to be a boon to Rani Mukerji as it escalated her career to new heights. The film was one of the biggest blockbuster hits in 1998.

Munnabhai MBBS:

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Director Rajkumar Hirani had first considered Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the female lead role; however, she rejected the movie for the reasons best known to her. The role then went to Gracy Singh whose performance in the film is still revered. The movie turned out to be the biggest hits. The film came out with the franchise of its own.

Veer Zaara:

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Yash Chopra wanted to cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Veer Zaara. She rejected the film for unknown reasons. The role then went to Preity Zinta. The film turned out to be an instant hit. The film was lauded by the critics as well as the audience. The film won the Most Popular Film award at the National Film Awards. It also won Best Film award at the Filmfare awards.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa:

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was the first choice to play the role of Manjulika in Bhool Bhulaiyaa. The actress turned down the role for the reasons best known to her. The role was then offered to Vidya Balan who brilliantly played the ghost of Manjulika in the film. The film became the box office success and it is still remembered for Vidya Balan’s performance in the film.


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Earlier, Karan Johar wanted to cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan in Dostana. However, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan refused to play the part due to date issues. Saif Ali Khan too opted out of the film. However, Karan then signed Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra for the film. The film became a box office success.