Top 7 films rejected by Kareena Kapoor

Known for being the most glamorous actress and having worked with the Khans of the industry, Kareena Kapoor Khan too made some mistakes by rejecting iconic roles in the history of cinema. Here is the list of top 7 films rejected by Kareena Kapoor Khan.

Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai:

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Kareena Kapoor Khan was the initial choice to work opposite Hrithik Roshan. In fact the film has a blink and miss scene where Kareena can be spotted. Kareena did play the role of Sonia in the film; however, she backed out of the film within few days of shooting of the film. The role was then offered to Ameesha Patel who won many accolades for her performance in the film. She also won Zee Cine Awards for Best Female Debut.

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam:

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Before Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan was first offered the role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial. However, things didn’t work out as planned and the role went to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan whose performance in the film was lauded by the audience as well as the critics. The film went on to become the biggest blockbuster hit.


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Sanjay Leela Bhansali was keen to cast Kareena Kapoor Khan in his film Black. The actress turned down the offer for the reasons unknown and her loss became Rani Mukerji’s gain. The film was listed among the 10 Best Movies of the year around the globe in Time Magazine. The film also won two National Awards. The film became a blockbuster hit.

Ram Leela:

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Kareena Kapoor Khan was offered the role opposite Ranveer Singh in the film; however, she declined the offer as the role didn’t interest her. There were reports about Kareena actually didn’t want to play the role opposite Ranveer Singh. The role was then played by Deepika Padukone. The film became the highest grosser at the box office.


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Kareena rejected Queen too for the reasons best known to her. However, speaking to a leading Indian daily, Kareena had said, “In the last five months, I think I have said no to six movies because I don’t want to do anything that’s not great. If I don’t want to [be a part of a film], I am happy not to do it [I’d rather] chill at home and read a book, or do something else. And that’s a policy that I will stick to. Let people say, do or write what they want to.”

Chennai Express:

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Kareena was first offered the role to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the film, but she rejected the film for the reasons unknown. The film could have been different if Kareena had agreed to play the role. The role then went to Deepika Padukone who received lot of accolades for the film. The film became the biggest blockbuster at the box office.

Dil Dhadkne Do:

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The film was offered to Kareena Kapoor Khan but she rejected the film as she didn’t want to shoot for the film for three months on cruise. The film became the highest grosser and one of the biggest blockbuster hits of the year. However, after losing out on Zoya Akhtar’s directorial, Kareena had said, “It’s my loss because I love Zoya, but couldn’t be part of her film. I am dying to work with her. Inshallah, this isn’t the last film she is going to make, and it’s not the last film that I’m not able to do. Aage bhi bahut padi hai zindagi (there’s life ahead). Whenever she has a role for me, I’ll definitely do it.”