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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge turns 25 | Shah Rukh Khan Said ‘No’ To DDLJ Earlier | Reason Inside


Romance king Shah Rukh Khan wins a million hearts with his acting skills. The historic Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge movie is one of his classic films that still runs in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir. Today the movie has completed 25 years and what better a way to celebrate this than flipping through the pages of history. Do you know that at first Shah Rukh Khan denied to act for the movie? To add more masala to this, the then debutant director Aditya Chopra had lost all hopes to star King Khan in his movie. In addition, he had also started looking for other actors including Saif Ali Khan. Yes, the legendary DDLJ’s Rahul could have been someone else and not the romance star. It was only due to several meetings and Aditya’s convincing efforts that made Shah Rukh change his mind.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge turns 25 | Shah Rukh Khan Said ‘No’ To DDLJ Earlier | Reason Inside


Film journalist Anupama Chopra in her book named Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: A Modern Classic, wrote about the journey of how Shah Rukh came to be a part of the specific movie. It was written, “Shah Rukh thought that romances were ‘pansy’, effete. He wasn’t interested in singing songs in pretty locations and then eloping with the girl, as was the Bollywood norm. Besides, the other two Khan heroes – Aamir and Salman – were playing the lover boy roles with great success, and Shah Rukh was happy to be regarded as a hatke (different) actor.”

Over a period of three weeks, Aditya met Shah Rukh several times to convince him do the movie. At one point Aditya gave up all hopes. When Khan said yes at that time he was shooting for Karan Arjun.

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