Among the few hits of 2014 so far, is the Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt-starrer, 2 States. And while the movie has proved to be lucky for Arjun, not many know that Imran Khan was apparently offered the part earlier.
However, he turned it down because the film’s dates were clashing with Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013). While Imran couldn’t be reached for comment, he isn’t the first actor to have rejected a movie that became a hit later. Says producer Ramesh Taurani, "They might not go on the record about it, but those actors (who turn down films which become big hits) must be regretting turning down such offers. Ultimately, they have to take the call on which projects they want to do."
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Kareena Kapoor Khan dropped out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela last year to make way for Deepika Padukone. Back then, she had said that she has "never regretted" not doing a film. Apparently, Kareena has also refused other big projects like Queen, Chennai Express (2013), Fashion (2008), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Black (2005). Her husband Saif Ali Khan was also offered Talaash (2012) first, which was later done by Aamir Khan.
Similarly, Shahid Kapoor passed over last year’s hit, Shuddh Desi Romance, that was eventually done by Sushant Singh Rajput. On the other hand, Jacqueline Fernandez was supposed to play Kangana Ranaut’s part in Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 (2013). "It was an unfortunate clash of dates," Jacqueline told IANS later on. She had also dropped out of another hit, Raaz 3 (2012) in which she was replaced by Bipasha Basu.
Inter-estingly, Shah Rukh Khan was first offered Ek Tha Tiger (2012, as revealed by him to HT). "I didn’t take it up due to paucity of time," he told us. The actor reportedly also turned down parts in films such as Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Lagaan (2001) and 3 Idiots (2010), and Munnabhai MBBS (2003).