Salman Khan is the most successful Bollywood actor when it comes to the box office. His fan following is enormous. He is the undisputed top most Bollywood actor in Vogue’s list on the basis of earning and popularity both. The actor is known to deliver box office successes one after another. He is a dream actor and most chased one by the top directors. Son of a top writer Salim Khan and brother of two successful directors Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan, Salman Khan is expected to choose his movies wisely. But the actor has declined some big offers in the past which then went on to become some of the top box office successes of all time. One actor’s loss is always another actor’s gain. In fact, three of those films that were subsequently done by Shahrukh Khan, became the career defining movies for the superstar.
So let’s take a look on the hugely successful films that were offered to Salman Khan.
Though Shahrukh Khan had already done a few films before, but Baazigar’s success landed him among the top league actors of Bollywood and cleared his path to go on to be called a superstar. His performance in the negative role of Baazigar drew attention of the critics as well. The film became a huge success at box office and after that Shahrukh never looked back. The film was initially offered to salman Khan. Salman was director duo Abbas-Mastan’s first choice, but the actor refused the part. The role earned Shahrukh the Best Actor award from Filmfare.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 1995
The most iconic romantic movie of Bollywood Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is another movie that Salman refused for some unknown reasons. In fact, he kept on refusing many movies from Yasraj till Ek Tha Tiger in 2012. The movie was one of the most ambitious project of Yashraj as it was the debut film of Aditya Chopra as a director. In fact, Aditya Chopra wanted to cast Tom Cruise for the legendary role of ‘Raj Malhotra’ in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ as he wanted it to be an Indo-American affair. But Aditya Chopra had to re-work on his story as his legendary filmmaker father Yash Chopra didn’t want to make it with foreign star. The movie released on 25th anniversary of Yash Raj Films. After SRK won Best Actor for his role in this movie, Aamir Khan stopped attending the Filmfare Awards because he felt he should have won for Rangeela. The movie is the first Indian movie with a Dolby sound mix. This movie remains the most iconic film in the history of Indian cinema.
On 14 December 2014 the movie continued in theaters and had remained in theaters and in 19 years, 1000 weeks. On December 14, 2014, Aditya Chopra released a book titled “Aditya Chopra relives… Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” to celebrate the film completing 1000 weeks.
Apparently, the director Mansoor Khan had offered the lead role to Salman Khan but Salman refused as he didn’t want to play a brother to Aiswarya Rai. The film took 4 years to complete. But went on to become successful at box office. Shahrukh Khan wore blue contacts in the film in order to look more like Aishwarya Rai in the film. Shahrukh Khan rendered his own voice for the song “Apun Bola”.
Kal Ho Na Ho 2003
Salman was also offered the role of ‘Aman’ (later played by Saif Ali Khan) in Kal Ho Na Ho. But he was not interested in playing a supporting actor to Shahrukh Khan, so he turned down the offer. Filmmaker Karan Johar had written the script with his friend Kareena Kapoor in mind as the leading lady. But she asked for too high a fee and was replaced by Preity Zinta. This later became the bone of contention between both of them and Johar didn’t speak to Kareena for over a year which he regretted later and has written about it elaborately in his autobiography ‘The Unsuitable Boy’.
Kal Ho Naa Ho also shares with the only other two Bollywood Films – Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Saathiya (2004) to be the only Bollywood film that holds the maximum (3) number of music awards (where the title song is exactly the same with the film).
Chak De India 2007
Another one of Shahrukh Khan’s much-acclaimed role as the coach of the Indian Women Hockey Team was first offered to Salman. But he couldn’t take up the movie because of his busy schedule. The movie was a big success at box office and took Shahrukh’s credibility to few notches up. Also it helped him break the stereotype and got very good reviews on his performance from critics. This film sparked a national resurgence of interest in the sport. Within days of the film’s appearance, sales of hockey sticks shot up by 30%. Chak De India was based on the real life of legendary hockey player Mirranjan Negi. Writer Jaideep Sahni got the idea for the script when he was flicking through a newspaper and a small story about a women’s hockey team caught his eye. Actress Freida Pinto auditioned for a role in the film. SRK again won his 7th filmfare award for best actor for Chak de India. The title song in this movie even inspired Indian cricket team to win ICC T20 World cup 2007.
Now this role was definitely written keeping Salman Khan in mind, no doubt about it. The movie narrates the life of a short-term memory loss patient who sets out on his journey to avenge the death of his beloved girl. Aamir Khan, as he is called a perfectionist, did a superb job in the role. But Salman could have also pulled off the role well. In fact, Aamir himself recommended Salman’s name after reading the script. But ultimately Aamir ended up doing the role. Ghajini was the first film in India to be given a UA certificate on account of violence and not sexual content.
This is a remake of the Tamil film Ghajini (2005), which was inspired by the Christopher Nolan movie Memento (2000). Anil Kapoor revealed in an interview that Christopher Nolan was upset that they didn’t give him any credits or money as the film is inspired by his movie Memento (2000) when he met him in Hollywood. However Nolan and the Ghajini crew talked over and everything got sorted out later. Ghajini was the first Hindi movie ever to cross 100 crore. It also started the trend of the prestigious “100 crore ” club.
Though Salman Khan didn’t become a part of these successful movies, he still continued to rule over box office and has delivered hits one after another.
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