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Karisma Kapoor reveals she initially turned down Dil To Pagal Hai: 'Every single heroine refused the film'

Karisma Kapoor has opened up about initially rejecting Dil To Pagal Hai. She added how her mother Babita encouraged her to take up the role.
Karisma Kapoor starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hai.(Instagram)
Published on Jul 17, 2021 01:08 PM IST

Actor Karisma Kapoor has revealed that she had initially rejected Dil To Pagal Hai as it required her to compete with Madhuri Dixit in dance. She also added that her mother, former actor Babita Kapoor, had encouraged her to take up the role.

Karisma Kapoor will appear on the reality show Indian Idol 12 as a special guest this weekend. In the upcoming episode, the top six contestants will sing Karisma's songs.

On the show, Karisma said about Dil To Pagal Hai, “Every single heroine refused the film. The role came to me...it was a dance film and that too to work with opposite Madhuri Dixit they said 'No how can we dance alongside Madhuri Dixit ji!' Initially, I too said no to it as it was a dance film and competition dance with Madhuri Dixit. I said, 'This isn’t happening'. Then finally, Yash ji and Adi (Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra) narrated the story to me. My mother told me, 'You must take up the challenge. You are a big fan of Madhuri Dixit, you must do it. You work hard and you will shine.”

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The Indian Express quoted Karisma as saying that Suniel Shetty is the biggest prankster that she has worked with. The actor said, “We were shooting for a movie in Chennai, and I saw a man wearing a dhoti sitting at a distance. A lot of people flocked around, so I thought that he must be a senior artist from the South, who I may not know. Later, Anna (Suniel) asked me to meet the man. We clicked photos together and were talking for almost 20 minutes. Later, before the shot, the same man was dabbing my face with a puff, and I was shocked. I immediately went to Suniel enquiring about him, and to my shock, he revealed that it was a prank! The person was actually his own make-up artist. It was a hilarious moment and we all started laughing!”

She also added, “The second time, during an action sequence, there were two men with daggers coming towards each other. In no time, they started fighting. I was so scared that I asked for police to be called or summon someone from the unit to stop the fight. Just when I was literally in tears, Suniel again revealed that it was a prank! So yes, Suniel Shetty was the biggest prankster”.

Recently, Karisma celebrated 30 years in the Hindi film industry. She hit the milestone on June 21, which was the release date of her debut feature Prem Qaidi. Earlier this month, she took to her Instagram account and shared a video montage of her popular hits from the 1990s.

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The video featured a mash-up of Karisma's popular songs from some of her iconic movies such as Hero No 1, Coolie No 1, Zubeidaa, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Raja Babu and Andaz Apna Apna, among others. In the caption, she wrote, "Replaying the memories with a dose of the 90's #thirtyyearsofgratitude #90sjam."

Karisma was last seen on screen in her debut web series Mentalhood, which released last year.

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