Choosing the right cast is certainly one of the most important things that require extreme focus. To look upon a star who can perfectly fit in the shoes of the desired character is extremely important for the success of any movie or series. Have you ever wondered about seeing any other actor or actress performing a classic role from our Bollywood favorites!
What if the role of Shahrukh Khan in the iconic Bollywood movie, DDLJ was offered to someone else? Or what if the role of Kajol in this film was performed by any other actress like Sushmita Sen? Well, while we can’t imagine any other actress or actor in the boots of Kajol and SRK in DDLJ, there have been times when these actors were not the first choice for these roles.
And this is not only prevalent in the Bollywood industry but also in the television world. Do you know that your favorite daily soap actors and actresses were ideally not the first choice for this role? Well, to your utter surprise, today in this article we have recollected upon some of the iconic TV stars that were not the first choice as led by the makers.
let’s have a look:
Shraddha Arya in Kundali Bhagya
After the immense success of the serial Kumkum Bhagya, the makers introduced another serial named Kundali Bhagya. The serial Kundali Bhagya gained a huge amount of TRP solely because of the hard work of the actress Shraddha Arya in the serial.
However, this role was previously offered to television actresses like Ankita Lokhande, Tina Dutta, and Sara Khan.
Rupali Ganguly in Anupama
While we always remember this actress for her iconic yet comical performance in one of the most popular comedy series Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, this actress returned to the screen after years and shook us all with her opposite avatar in this serial. Anupama was recently amongst one of the top serials of all time and its high voltage drama was being liked by everyone.
Do you know that for this role the actress is earning a whopping amount of rupees 60000 per episode! While we truly love this actress in the role of “Anupama” it is quite surprising to know that she was not the first choice as a lead by the makers. Four contenders were approached for this role.
The Other TV actresses like Shweta Tiwari, Mona Singh, Juhi Parmar, and Sakshi Tanwar were amongst those actresses who were approached for this role before Rupali Ganguly was finally chosen.
Ayesha Singh in Gum Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein
The cute actress from Star Plus serial Ghum Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein got immense fame and popularity after her portrayal of the character Sai Joshi. The brilliant performance and mesmerizing looks of this actress were immensely loved by the audiences. However, she was not among the first who was approached for this role.
Like Anupama, for the role of Sai Joshi in this sitcom, there were four contenders for the same. Yes, before Ayesha the popular TV actresses like Jennifer Winget, Saina Irani, Nia Sharma, and Tejaswi Prakash were offered to play a significant role as a lead in this serial. However, when these actresses turned down how to play the same role finally went to Ayesha Singh.
Surbhi Chandna in Naagin 5
We still remember the classic style of the actress saying two rupees to people in the popular sitcom Ishqbaaz. Right!? Well, while we already were in love with the performance of this actress in Ishqbaaz, the makers made a delightful experience for the audiences by casting her as a lead in Naagin 5.
However, the role of Bani Sharma in this serial was first offered to actresses Alisha Panwar and Hina Khan.
Rubina dilaik in Shakti Astitva ke Ehsaas ki
The popular Hindi sitcom Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas ki was amongst one of the “Taboo Breakers” of the society. Right from having a brilliant plot to cast this serial was able to attract audiences right after the release of the serial. In this, the brilliant performance of Rubina Dilaik as Saumya Singh alongside the actor Vivian Dsena was loved by the audiences.
The Classic pairing of this duo was considered among one of the best stories of the television industry. But did you know that before Rubina was finalized for this role, this Big Boss Fame actress was only able to grab the role after popular actresses like Jennifer Winget, Mahi Vij, and Ragini Khanna said no to the role?
Sumbul Touqeer Khan in Imlie
Are you also among the ones who have fallen in love with this actress? The performance of Sumbur in the popular sitcom Imlie has been truly amazing. Her portrayal as a 19-year-old enthusiastic and strong girl has given inspiration to many.
While she stands out as one of the most loved characters from the serial, it’s quite surprising to know that actresses like Ashnoor Kaur, Avika Gor, and Anushka Sen were approached to play the classic role of Imlie in the serial.
However, these actresses said a no to the role and it finally went to Sumbur. Are you able to imagine any other actress in this role? Well, certainly we can’t!
Aishwarya Sharma in Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Mein
Another lead actress in this sitcom Gum Hai Kisi Ke Pyar Mein was also not the first choice of the makers! Yes, for the role of “Pakhi” in the serial, the Kasautii Zindagii Kay famed actress Erica Fernandes was approached for the role however when she turned down for the same the role was bagged by Aishwarya Sharma.
Surbhi Jyoti in Qubool Hai
One of the most stunning actresses of the television industry happens to be the actress Surbhi Jyoti. Her classic character as Zoya Farooqui was probably one of the main reasons why the popular sitcom Qubool Hai gained popularity.
However she was not the first choice for the story and it was first offered to Radhika Madan, Disha Parmar, and Preetika Rao.
Divyanka Tripathi in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
Divyanka Tripathi became a household name after she was portrayed as Ishita Bhalla in the popular Indian sitcom Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. While we cannot certainly imagine any other actress who could have to bring justice to this character, the role was initially offered to actresses like Hina Khan, Krystle DSouza, and Drashti Dhami.
Imagine any one of these actresses and lead in the serial! Well, it would certainly have changed the entire face of the serial, right!?
Shivangi Joshi in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
We certainly saved up the most interesting one for the last! The second longest-running daily soap drama has been one of the most popular shows among the audiences. This serial has certainly given a large platform to various TV stars such as Hina Khan and Karan Mehra.
While we all were upset after a huge leap in this serial where the second generation, Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan was introduced in the serial, however, this turned out to be one of the most powerful decisions by the makers.
Imagine the great grief that the previous TV actresses must be in just because of rejecting the popular role of Naira in the serial. Yes, Shivangi Joshi was not the first choice of the makers for this role. Other actresses like Sanaya Irani, Jannat Zubair Khan, and Ishita Dutta were approached for this role.