Indian Actors Rejected Hollywood Movies

10 Indian Actors Who Rejected Big Hollywood Movies

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10 Indian Actors Rejected Hollywood Movies !

It’s always a dream for Bollywood celebrities to act in Hollywood so that they can have a global image and while some Indian celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan have managed to act in substantial roles in Hollywood, a lot of others even settle for cameos and blink-and-miss roles to further their career in cinema.

But do you know ? There are some Bollywood stars who have rejected Hollywood movies. Let’s take a look at some of them –

10 Indian Actors Rejected Hollywood Movies !

10. Deepika Padukone – The Fast And Furious 7

10 Bollywood Actors Who Rejected The Hollywood Movies !

Deepika padukon Fast and Furious 7

Hollywood actors are considered much more professional than their desi counterparts. Nipping the perception in the bud, Deepika Padukone set an example of professionalism by turning down a mainstream role in Furious 7 as she was busy shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year! That is some loyalty towards your mentor Deepika!

9. Madhuri Dixit – An Untitled Hollywood Movie

10 Bollywood Actors Who Rejected The Hollywood Movies !

Madhuri Dixit Hollywood

Buzz was rife some time ago that an upcoming Hollywood film may have the name of Madhuri Dixit Nene in its star cast. The role required Madhuri to play herself in a cameo which was supposed to be a dream sequence in the movie which traced the journey of an American girl who aspires to become a Bollywood actress. Despite being offered a huge pay packet, Madhuri did not consider the offer owing to the length of her role.

8. Akshay Kumar – Untitled Hollywood Movie Alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Akshay Kumar The Rock

10 Bollywood Actors Who Rejected The Hollywood Movies !

Akshay Kumar is the biggest action star of India and his daredevil stunts are in the league of Hollywood’s toughest men like Jackie Chan, Jean Claude, Van Damme and Jason Statham. No wonder when a big Hollywood studio had to cast an Asian face with action star Dwayne Johnson, Akshay Kumar was a natural choice. However, maintaining his stand of staying clear of Hollywood movies, Akshay turned down the coveted opportunity and stuck to entertaining Indian audiences.

10 Indian Actors Rejected Hollywood Movies !

7. Shah Rukh Khan – Slumdog Millionaire

10 Bollywood Actors Who Rejected The Hollywood Movies !

Shah Rukh Khan – Slumdog Millionaire

SRK, The King of Bollywood had the chance to make an international debut with Danny Boyle’s Indian saga Slumdog Millionaire. According to reports, SRK was offered Anil Kapoor’s character in the movie. However, the Indian superstar thought the role was not suited for him and turned it down. The role eventually went to Anil Kapoor and opened the doors of Hollywood for him!

6. Priyanka Chopra – Immortals

Priyanka Chopra – Immortals

She might have become the latest Indian toast in the West after her singing and TV career took off brilliantly, but not many know that the talented actress had a bigger opportunity early on in life. Priyanka Chopra was offered an important role in the Hollywood hit ‘Immortals’ which she couldn’t pursue because of her prior commitment to ‘7 Khoon Maaf.’ Priyanka’s loss became Frieda Pinto’s gain as the Slumdog actress went on to strengthen her footing in Hollywood with the movie.

10 Indian Actors Rejected Hollywood Movies !

5. Ronit Roy – Zero Dark Thirty

Ronit Roy – Zero Dark Thirty

Ronit Roy is one of the finest actors in India. It was just a matter of time before his intense acting performances caught Hollywood’s eyes. However, even Ronit wouldn’t have imagined being offered a role in the Oscar award winning movie Zero Dark Thirty. But being a thorough professional that he is, Ronit gave priority to work (Student Of The Year) closer home which had already started and let the opportunity pass with a heavy heart.

4. Aishwarya Rai – Troy

Aishwarya Rai – Troy

Arguably well-known Indian face in Hollywood, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was offered a role opposite none-other-than Brad PittWolfgang Peterson offered the role of ‘Briseis’ to Aishwarya in Troy. However, the role’s demand of cozying up with Brad Pitt didn’t go down well with Aish and she let go of the opportunity.

10 Indian Actors Rejected Hollywood Movies !

3. Hrithik Roshan – The Pink Panther

Hrithik Roshan – The Pink Panther

Hrithik Roshan, has always resisted the temptation of working in Hollywood despite his global  looks, killer physique and breath-taking dance moves. No wonder when the role of ‘Vicente’ was offered to Hrithik in the  second installment of The Pink Panther franchise, Roshan didn’t take long to turn it down.

2. Irrfan Khan – Interstellar

Irrfan Khan – Interstellar

It takes nerves of steel and the professionalism of Irrfan Khan to reject a Christopher Nolan movie! Irrfan Khan had to take the most difficult decision of his life when he was offered Matt Damon’s part in Interstellar which required him to camp in the US for four months. However, Irrfan wanted to shuttle to India in between to complete the filming of ‘The Lunchbox’ and ‘D-Day’. When Nolan didn’t allow Irrfan to move base for 4 months,  Irrfan ultimately decided to let go of the film.

1. Dilip Kumar – Lawrence of Arabia

Dilip Kumar – Lawrence of Arabia

Best for the last Dilip Kumar the classy Indian Actor rejected a lead role in the international project. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) by director David Lean. However, the reasons for Dilip Kumar not pursuing the offer are unknown. The role eventually went to Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.

And if you made it so far, here is a Bonus for you-

Naseeruddin Shah – Harry Potter Series

naseeruddin shah dumbledore

After the death of Richard Harris, director of Harry Potter showed some interest to cast Bollywood Actor Naseeruddin Shah as Dumbledore. Unfortunately, due to some unknown reasons Naseeruddin Shah refused to give audition for this role.

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