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From PC to Irrfan Khan, these B-town actors turned down big roles in Hollywood films

By Geetika Raleh . 2nd December 2019 09:00am
From PC to Irrfan Khan, these B-town actors turned down big roles in Hollywood films

Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice of Danny Boyle for the role of quizmaster, Prem Kumar in his blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire.


To expand its global reach, many Bollywood actors keep a look for numerous Hollywood roles. While some like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan have gotten several chances, many others also settle for a cameo and special roles for expanding their career.

However, it’s just one side of the story because there have been many Indian actors who have rejected roles in Hollywood films.

Check out the list below:


Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

The king of romance Shah Rukh Khan was offered the role of Anil Kapoor’s character in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. The B-town star thought that it did not suit his stature so he rejected it.


Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

While Deepika was shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year, she rejected a prominent role in the famous Furious 7 and set a perfect example of professionalism.


Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar

The khiladi of all the khiladis Akshay Kumar was getting a big break in Hollywood when he was offered a role in a film with Dwayne Johnson. But he was clear that he only wanted to entertain the Indian audience.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Probably the most famous Indian face in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was offered the role of Briseis in Oscar-nominated film, Troy. But the former refused because she did not want to do intimate scenes with Brad Pitt.


Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan

The Greek God of Bollywood Hrithik Roshan was getting a chance to work in the second part of The Pink Panther but he refused for it.


Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Did you know that before She made it big in the west, thanks to her singing and TV career there, Priyanka Chopra also got an opportunity to work in the Immortals but she could not go ahead with the project because of her prior commitment to 7 Khoon Maaf.


Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan

The real challenge Irrfan Khan faced as an actor was when he was offered a Christopher Nolan film, but had to turn down the offer because of his other Bollywood projects.


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