The charismatic risk-taker of Bollywood, who has made an example of taking maximum risks; actually rejected many successful Bollywood movies that went on to make history.
SRK rejected Lagaan (2001), a movie that solidified Aamir Khan as an actor of unparalleled repute and also went on to wins an Oscar Nomination. Actually Aamir had read the script and was delaying on his decision. So, director Ashutosh Gowariker took the script to Shah Rukh Khan who was interested but was finding it difficult to give time to the project. The director went back to Aamir Khan who started taking an interest and said that he would even produce the film.
Shah Rukh Khan rejected Munnabhai MBBS (2003) because he was not sure about how the director Raj Kumar Hirani would direct the film. Of course, Sanjay Dutt is now synonymous with the blockbuster which spawned an even more successful sequel in 2006.
Rang De Basanti (2006) is no doubt, a trend-setting blockbuster but it would have made an ultimate megastar blockbuster. It was supposed to have Hrtihik Roshan in the role of Kunal Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan in the role of R.Madhavan. Of course, it was a special appearance for SRK but he did not find it attractive to play second fiddle to Aamir Khan. But hats off to Rang De Basanti for being a cult movie without Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan.
Shah Rukh Khan also rejected Ek Tha Tiger, which went on to Salman Khan. The movie turned out to be one of the biggest hits of his career. Kabir Khan and Salman Khan went on to collaborate together and create history with Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
SRK also rejected 3 Idiots, turning down Raju Hirani for the second time and Aamir Khan turned it into a cult film. SRK was also supposed to do Robot, but he opted out of it and the role went to Rajnikanth. In fact, Shah Rukh Khan had given out the title Robot to the makers of the Rajnkanth starer, which he had registered for his production. After giving away the title, SRK called his own movie ‘Ra One’.
Shah Rukh Khan also rejected Anil Kapoor’s role in Slumdog Millionaire.