Kangana Ranaut is undoubtedly one of the most talented actresses in the Hindi film industry. Having delivered major hits like Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, Judgementall Hai Kya, and Panga in recent times, Kangana says that her success is not because of the films she has done, but because of the ones she has not done.
Kangana has rejected several projects throughout her career. While some of them may seem like a smart move in hindsight, because they turned out to be box-office duds, but there are also some which turned out to be blockbusters.
Here are 8 movies that Kangana Ranaut had rejected.
The Salman Khan starrer blockbuster movie was initially offered to Kangana Ranaut because of her ease in delivering dialogues with Haryanvi accent. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Kangana had no option but to turn down the part.
Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic, titled Sanju, which starred Ranbir Kapoor, in and as, Sanju was one of the major hits. Kangana was the first one to be offered the role of Maanyata, Sanjay Dutt’s wife but she refused because she didn’t like the role as there was not much to do in that and Dia Mirza was cast instead.
3- The Dirty Picture
One of the most powerful and difficult roles in Bollywood, that of Silk Smitha in Ekta Kapoor-produced comedy-drama, Dirty Picture was first offered to Kangana. Vidya Balan took the baton and did complete justice to her role. The actress had owned the role like no other.
4- Beyond The Clouds
One of the most anticipated independent movies of 2017, Beyond the Clouds, was directed by Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi. The movie featured Ishaan Khattar in the lead role. But it is little known that Kangana Ranaut was approached for a role in the movie but she refused and it went to Malavika Mohanan.
Aanand L. Rai who has directed Kangana in Tanu Weds Manu before wanted to en-cash on the success she had with the actress before and cast her opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Zero. But the actress rejected the role and Katrina Kaif was roped in. The film failed to work at the box office.
6- Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Kabir Khan initially wanted to cast Kangana in Kareena’s role and it is only after the actress refused the part, Bebo was approached for playing the female lead opposite Salman.
Kangana was offered the part of the female lead in Akshay Kumar’s Airlift. However, the actress couldn’t take it up at the time because she was busy with other projects. Eventually, the role went to Nimrat Kaur, who was rather quite impressive in the film.
The period drama starring Akshay Kumar, was first offered to Kangana. But when she turned down the role, it went to Ileana D’cruz.
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