Bollywood Actors Who Rejected Hollywood Movies:
It's true that Bollywood celebs want to mark their presence in Hollywood to have a global i mage. Celebrities like Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor have already shown the West about how great Bollywood is. Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra just joined the league and even before their release, they have already made their fan following in Hollywood.
But do you know that there are some who refused to be a part of a Hollywood movie? Ever wished to see Akshay Kumar and The Rock together? Well your wish would've come true, but this just didn't happen.
Brace yourself because you're in for a big shock! Here are Bollywood celebs who were not only offered a role in Hollywood movies but they turned it down too.
Here are nine Bollywood actors who were not only offered roles in Hollywood but also went as far as to reject them:
1. Deepika Padukone
The actress may have the Indian masses out of the palm of her well-manicured hand, but she isn’t interested in setting sail on foreign shores anytime soon. As proved when the actress rejected a role in the seventh instalment of the prestigious Fast & Furious series.
2. Akshay Kumar
Nope; it isn’t just the Khans who have got a fan following around the globe. By his own admission, the Khiladi was apparently battling movie offers from Hollywood; “I am happy and satisfied with the Bollywood offers. Here, I have a huge fan group to entertain and I am not going to fit in to Hollywood so I keep refusing to do projects there.”
3. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Yes, the Bachchan bahu indeed sent multiple Oscar nominated director Wolfgang Petersen packing when he approached her for the role of Briseis in Troy. The reason? Apparently getting cosy with Brad Pitt isn’t her cup of tea. We aren’t even kidding.
4. Ronit Roy
No, we didn’t see this coming either. The actor apparently was approached for a role for the movie, Zero Dark Thirty but declined it in favour of Student of the Year. "I was offered a very interesting role in Zero Dark Thirty. But unfortunately, I couldn't do it due to date problems. I did see the film and I do regret not being part of the film," rued Ronit Roy.
5. Payal Rohatgi
We kid you not. "I am happy that I got an international offer by a French director but I won't be able to take part in his film as he wanted me exclusively for two years,” confirmed the actress.
6. Priyanka Chopra
On faced with an offer for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, initially titled Dawn of War, opposite Henry Cavill, Priyanka chose to stick with Bollywood and gave the nod to 7 Khoon Maaf instead.
7. Hrithik Roshan
Rumours ran aplenty about the movie offers coming Hrithik’s way courtesy Rob Cohen who is reportedly a big fan of the Krrish actor. However, papa Rakesh threw a spanner in the works by announcing that despite the Fast & Furious director’s interest, Hrithik wouldn’t be signing on any Hollywood projects anytime soon.
8. Shah Rukh Khan
Khan was offered a major role in the 2008 Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire. SRK however, thought the role did not suit him and he turned the offer down, after which the offer went to Anil Kapoor. And well, we don't see him regretting his decision.
9. Irrfan Khan
We left the best (and the most unbelievable one) for the last. Irrfan Khan was offered the role of Dr. Mann in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. However, this required Khan to camp in the US for four months straight. The actor had to let go of the film due to prior commitments in India. The role then went to Matt Damon. Damn it, Irrfan Khan!