While everyone backlashing nepotism in their own ways, this is the time to recall the famous audition rejection that was faced by Bollywood Actors.
These audition rejections show that some filmmakers still believe in the psyche of characters and find an appropriate match for the character.
Here we have gathered the list of unknown auditions that will come to you as a shock. However, celebrities have confirmed it during their interview sessions and backstories of the movie-making.
Check out the list of Audition rejections faced by Bollywood actors.
1. Varun Dhawan – Dhobi Ghat
Varun Dhawan is a star kid and often criticized for his acting skills in Bollywood. However, Varun has a great fan following in the Industry and proved his acting skills with Badlapur as well.
In an interview, Varun revealed that he has auditioned for a role in the Kiran Rao directed movie Dhobi Ghat.
He was rejected in the audition and the role went to Prateik Babbar. Well, you can just imagine what his career would be if he made his Bollywood debut with Dhobi Ghat. He made a grand debut with the movie “Student Of the year”.
2. Madhuri Dixit – Bombay Meri Hai
Before Madhuri Dixit made her Bollywood debut with Abodh, she was cast for the TV series Bombay Meri Hai which was scheduled to be aired on Doordarshan. The star cast of the show includes Madhuri Dixit and Benjamin Gilani as a married couple.
The pilot of the episode was shot and it looked promising for the Indian audience. However, the show was rejected by Doordarshan stating that actors are not expressive.
Let me rephrase this to you, according to the channel person of Doordarshan, Madhuri Dixit was not expressive in the pilot episode.
3. Ranveer Singh – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
We all know Farhaan Akhtar did exceptionally well by reliving the life of athlete Milkha Singh in the movie. Little you know, many actors auditioned for the role.
In an interview, makers cleared that they had 3 names in the shortlist to play the role and Ranveer Singh was also on the list. They cast Farhan saying Ranveer was way too energetic for the role.
4. Vicky Kaushal – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Vicky Kaushal also auditioned for the role of Milkha Singh but he was rejected. Later the actor made his Bollywood debut with the critically acclaimed Masaan.
If Vicky Kaushal was selected to play Milkha Singh, it would be a dream debut for the actor.
5. Akshay Kumar – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Akshay Kumar loves doing lot of movies every year, and it can be seen as he is doing 4-5 films every year. In the reunion of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar actors in the press interaction, they shared the memories of doing the film.
Farah Khan recalls the incident when Akshay Kumar auditioned for the role of Shekhar that went to Deepak Tijori.
She said Akshay was rejected because he was doing strange things with the balls he was told to use as a prop. If Akshay wasn’t rejected then we would see two big stars going head to head in the movie.
6. Deepika Padukone – Beyond The Clouds
Deepika is performing really well with the commercial cinema and she is appreciated by everyone. However, she decided to try the offbeat cinema and did the looking trial for the role of Tara.
Makers decided not to cast her in the movie as due to her Persona audience might not watch the movie for its thrilling concept and story.
Later the movie was praised by everyone but didn’t perform well at the box office. If makers would have agreed to cast Deepika in the role of Tara instead of Malavika Mohanan then the movie might have been a big box office hit.
7. R. Madhwan – Iruwar
R. Madhwan is a talented actor who always pushed his boundaries to do exceptional roles in movies. He auditioned for the Maniratnam’s movie Iruwar.
Mani Ratnam rejected him saying his eyes are too innocent to play the character and the role went to Prakash Raj.
But Maniratnam promised him to give him a role in another movie and made a romantic film with him.
8. Ranbir Kapoor – The reluctant fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a success at the international level. The movie was directed by Mira Nair and she did many auditions to select its cast.
In an interview, she said she got the audition from Ranbir Kapoor and two other actors from Pakistan who were tough competition. Later, she decided to make the movie with Riz Ahmed in the lead role.