We all have our favorite Bollywood characters who have managed to make a special place in our hearts. Be it SRK’s portrayal of Raj from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or Sanjay Dutt playing Munna Bhai- these characters went a long way in furthering the actors’ careers, and the actors playing them came to be associated with these roles forever. Could you imagine another actor playing these classic roles? No, right? But it’s true. Here are a few actors who turned down such roles in films, which later went on to become blockbuster hits and made these characters immortal.

Shah Rukh Khan as Munna Bhai

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowShah Rukh was Rajkumar Hirani’s first choice for Munna Bhai and as much as we love SRK, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S would not have been the same without Sanjay Dutt’s convincing portrayal of a rugged gangster with a soft side. 

Salman Khan refused Chak De! India 

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowSalman Khan was first offered the role of the coach but he refused it, and Shah Rukh went on to star in the hit film, much to everybody’s delight.

Hrithik turned down Dil Chahta Hai

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowHrithik Roshan declined the role of Akash in Dil Chahta Hai and it was eventually bagged by Aamir Khan. The film went on to change the way Bollywood made movies, and Aamir, Saif and and Akshaye gave us, and the rest of India, new friendship goals.

Katrina Kaif refused Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowThe role was initially offered to Katrina Kaif but upon her refusal, Deepika was cast as Leela alongside Ranveer Singh and they set the screen on fire with their chemistry.

Saif Ali Khan said No to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowNow, this is something we cannot even imagine. DDLJ would never have been the classic that it became without SRK and his flawless chemistry with Kajol.

Akshay Kumar as Milkha Singh

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowAkshay Kumar was the first choice for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag but he refused the part, much to our disappointment. Although, we did love Farhan Akhtar in the movie and his acting was indeed on point.

Kareena Kapoor turned down Fashion

7 Actors Who Refused Iconic Roles- BookMyShowKareena Kapoor has probably turned down a huge number of films. She not only declined the lead in Fashion which later starred Priyanka Chopra and was an immense hit but also the role of Nandini in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

So, are you glad these celebs refused these roles or would you have preferred them to take it up? Let us know.