She is now the highest paid actress in Bollywood according to the latest list released by Forbes. Yes, that’s Deepika Padukone for you! This is perhaps thanks to her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel (who is now the top-grossing star in Hollywood). Her lead roles in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmavati’ and brand endorsements are an add-on to her big bank balance. At the peak of her career, Deepika is known for making some smart choices and even rejecting films which she regretted later. Here is a list of films rejected by Deepika Padukone, right from the very beginning.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Ace filmmaker Yash Chopra’s last film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ could have been that one chance for Deepika to work with him. However, when Deepika was approached to work in the film, she rejected and the golden opportunity was given to Katrina Kaif. She must have surely regretted later for not being able to be a part of the film that grossed Rs 2.11 billion all over the world.
Furious 7 (Fast and Furious 7)
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We know that Deepika made her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’. Though the film couldn’t do that well in India, it made a huge sum of money in other countries. However, not many people know that Deepika was offered a role in ‘Furious 7’ (the seventh installment in the Fast and Furious franchise), but she declined the role for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’. That was one smart choice Deepika made. Do you think the same?
Almost every actress dreams of starring again the three Khans of Bollywood. The role of Anushka Sharma in ‘Sultan’ was offered to Deepika first. But, at that time Deepika must be thinking something else and she turned down the offer which means pissing off Salman Khan. Not only once, she also rejected another film starring Salman, which was offered by Rajshri Films. Till date, Deepika has not signed any film with Salman. Quite a daring choice!
Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo
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That’s the Rajshri Films movie we are talking about, which was first offered to Deepika instead of Sonam Kapoor. However, it is believed that due to her busy schedule and unavailable dates for the shooting of the film, Deepika said a complete no to ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’.
This film was a good blockbuster and the one big reason to watch the movie was Aamir Khan. It would not be wrong to say that Aamir is one perfectionist with whom most of the actors love to work. However, it was Deepika’s well-calculated decision to not go for the movie, may be due to the loose storyline of the film. Her role was later given to Katrina Kaif.
A super flop film which almost left Ranbir Kapoor shattered. The movie might have been somewhat better if Deepika would have portrayed the role of Jacqueline Fernandez. After her terrific performance in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, Deepika embarked on a journey to stardom and her decision to not go for ‘Roy’ proved to be fruitful.
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This was another Salman Khan film which the glamorous diva of the tinsel town refused to sign. The filmmakers offered Deepika to do an item song. However, knowing the fact that her song Lovely was about to release then, she refused to do another item number.