Many Bollywood stars try to get roles in Hollywood movies so that they can have a global image. Renowned Indian film stars like Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Irrfan Khan have taken substantial projects in Hollywood while many others have appeared in cameo roles. Despite the high package offered in Hollywood projects, there have been many instances when our Indian stars have turned down such ambitious projects. In this article, you will find the reason and know why 10 Bollywood stars declined fantastic Hollywood movies roles.
1. Shahrukh Khan
Slumdog Millionaire is a blockbuster film that was released in India on 22 January 2009. It was released in the UK on 9 January 2009, in the US on 23 January 2009. Set and filmed in India, it won eight Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards. Indian music master also won two awards with his song ‘Jai Ho’.
Danny Boyle is the director of Slumdog Millionaire who wanted Shahrukh to play a role in the film. It was a good chance for SRK to make his International film debut. He rejected the offer due to a supporting role. Anil Kapoor then played the role of the game show host called Prem Kumar.
Anand L Rai’s Next is the upcoming film of SRK which is scheduled for release on 21 December 2018.
2. Deepika Padukone
Usually, Hollywood stars are considered more professional than their Indian Indian counterparts. Deepika Padukone is a hot Indian bollywood star who disapproved this thing by refusing a leading role on the Hollywood film ‘Furious 7’ because she was busy in the shooting of Farah Khan’s Happy New Year!. This is indeed a fantastic example of professionalism and shows her loyalty towards work.
Deepika made her Hollywood debut in 2017 with the action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Her latest film Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Padmavati release date has been postponed due to protests in various parts of the country. Upcoming Deepika Padukone movies in 2018 are Sapna Didi’s life-based film, Rana, and Sahir Ludhianvi Bio-Pic.
3. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar is one of the best action stars of India whose dangerous stunts are often compared with expert stuntmen like Jackie Chan, Jason Statham, and Jean Claude Van Damme. Akshay is a black belt holder in Taekwondo and he has studied martial arts in Bangkok. He was offered a role in a Hollywood film co-starring action star Dwayne Johnson but he turned down as he was engaged in Indian projects.
Akshay is the first Bollywood star whose movies have crossed the record mark of Rs 200 crore and Rs 3000 crore in the years 2013 and 2016 respectively.
4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who is among the hot celebs is also famous as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’. She was crowned Miss World 1994 and is the winner of several awards including the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2009. Aishwarya Rai has worked in many super-hit films like Jeans (1998), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Mohabbatein (2000), Devdas (2002), Dhoom 2 (2006), and Jodhaa Akbar (2008).
Aishwarya was offered a role opposite famous Hollywood star Brad Pitt in the Oscar-nominated war film Troy. Although Rai has worked in several Hollywood movies still she found the role unsuitable for her so she refused the offer.
5. Ronit Roy
Ronit Roy is a film and TV actor known for playing the role of K.D. Pathak in the TV series Adaalat and Mihir Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Ronit Roy wife is Neelam Singh. Ronit Roy age is 52 as in 2017. His success in TV shows got him offer from films. Roy then first appeared in a supporting role in many Bollywood movies like Udaan in 2010 for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Ronit Roy performances caught the attention of Hollywood and he was offered a role in the Oscar award-winning film Zero Dark Thirty. Rohit’s first priority was to complete his role in Student Of The Year (2012), so he left this Hollywood opportunity.
6. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is a popular hot Indian actress who won the Miss World 2000 pageant. She made her Hollywood debut in 2017 with the action comedy film Baywatch. Superstars like Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron were also the part of Baywatch cast. Priyanka was also offered a leading role in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Immortals’. She denied the role due to her busy schedule for the shooting of the film 7 Khoon Maaf.
This role then went to the Slumdog actress Frieda Pinto who got fame with the movie ‘The Immortals’. Priyanka got Padma Shri award in 2016. Upcoming Priyanka Chopra movies in 2018 are ‘Kalpana Chawla Biopic’ and ‘Gustakhiyan’.
7. Dilip Kumar
Born on 11 December 1922 in Peshawar, Dilip Kumar is one of the most influential actors of Indian cinema of all time. Dilip Kumar wife is film actress Saira Banu. Dilip is 95 as in 2017 but still his acting style a source of inspiration to the young generation film stars.
Film director David Lean offered Kumar a lead role in the 1962 Hollywood film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Kumar refused the offer so the role went to Egyptian actor Omar Sharif. His starring film Saudagar (1991) got super-hit and his last movie is Qila (1998).
8. Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit is considered to be the most beautiful Bollywood actress during 1980s and 90’s. She married a doctor Shriram Madhav Nene in 1999 and the couple has two children. Madhuri Dixit age is 50 as in 2017. Madhuri was offered a cameo role of an American girl who wants to become a Bollywood actress. Despite the huge pay package offed by the filmmakers, she refused the offer as it was a small role.
Madhiri made her film debut in 1984 with Abodh. ‘Ek Do Teen’ of Tezaab (1988) film is one of the most popular Madhuri Dixit songs. Her latest movie is Dedh Ishqiya (2014).
9. Hrithik Roshan
Bollywood Greek God Hrithik Roshan is well-known for his muscular physique and superb dance moves. Hrithik Roshan age is 43 as in 2017. He was offered roles in international projects ‘Pink Panther 2’ and ‘Fast and Furious 7’. He rejected the offers due to his busy schedule in Indian movies.
Hrithik made his acting debut in 2000 with the romantic drama film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai for which he won the Filmfare award for the best male debut. He is the son of famous actor and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan. Rakesh Roshan is known for producing hit films whose names start with alphabet ‘K’.
Hrithik Roshan movies in 2017 are ‘Kaabil’ and ‘Hrudayantar’.
10. Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan is one of the finest actors of film industry known for his versatile and natural acting. He made his acting debut in 1988 with the film Salaam Bombay. Irrfan has also worked in several British and Hollywood films like The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, New York, and Jurassic World.
Khan was offered to play Matt Damon’s part in the film ‘nterstellar’ which needed him to stay in America for four months. Since Khan had to complete the shooting of Indian films Lunchbox’ and ‘D-Day’, he dropped the idea to work for ‘Interstellar’.
There are four Irrfan Khan movies in 2017, the last being Qarib Qarib Single.