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Aamir Khan rejected the films that went to Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and others emerging to be memorable cinema!

Darr, Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! And Nayak are just a few of the many successes rejected by Aamir Khan (Photo credit – wikimedia / Imdb)

Aamir Khan is the perfectionist of Bollywood, and there is no denying that fact. A look at his filmography is a testament that he chooses projects that are incredible and that never fail to leave an impact on audiences – let’s jump Mela and Hindostan thugs from the list we’re talking about here.

But did you know, while he said yes to box office blockbusters like 3 Idiots, Taare Zameen Par, Secret Superstar and more, he also said no to incredible films which, in addition to doing wonders at the box office, have also helped establish actors and open up a way of who they are today.

From Darr and Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! to Nayak and many more, take a look at some movies that Aamir Khan said no to that shocked us.

Saajan (1991)

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Saajan

The creators of Saajan hoped to cast Salman Khan and Aamir Khan next to each other in the 1991 film starring Madhuri Dixit. According to a report on Indicine.com, the creators’ plan did not materialize because Aamir did not like the character offered to him.

The report further states that Sanjay Dutt loved it and immediately accepted the offer when offered the role. But we quickly saw the bromance of Aamir and Salman in the cult film Andaaz Apna Apna.

Darr (1993)

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Darr

This movie established Shah Rukh as an actor to look forward to, and we can’t believe Aamir said no to him. Rumor has it that Aamir Khan rejected the film because he didn’t want to play a negative role early in his career – but is that it? According to a report from Bollywood Life, Aamir was apparently removed from the film because he demanded a joint narration of the script with Sunny Deol.

This made the filmmakers uncomfortable and they decided to bring in another actor, aka Shah Rukh Khan.

Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! (1994)

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Hum Aapke Hai Koun…!

If Aamir Khan gave Shah Rukh Khan a blockbuster in the form of Darr, he also helped Salman Khan win more hearts in the 90s by saying no to Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Aapke Hai Koun…! Reports claim that Aamir was offered the role but declined to act as he did not find the script very appealing.

Salman took the opportunity to be in this multi-star and blew us away with his comedy and chemistry. We have to say this is still one of Salman’s best performances to date.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge (1995)

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge

Without a doubt, DDLJ established Shah Rukh Khan as the king of romance in Bollywood. But did you know that it was first offered to Aamir Khan, but he rejected it? The exact reason for the rejection is unknown, but it is believed that it was after this year that Aamir boycotted the award functions.

While SRK won multiple awards for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, Aamir felt left out when he didn’t receive the same recognition for his performance in Rangeela which released the same year.

Josh (2000)

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Josh

This film saw the rivalry between two gangs – the eagles (Christians) and the scorpions (Hindus). While Shah Rukh Khan played the leader of the Eagle gang, reports indicate that Aamir Khan was offered the role of leader of the Bichoo gang. So why did AK reject him? The reason, if you see, is quite simple: he turned it down because he felt it was insignificant compared to SRK ‘Max’s.

With Aamir dismissing the role, we saw Sharad Kapoor play Prakash in the lead role of SRK-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Nayak: The True Hero (2001)

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Nayak: the real hero

Nayak: The Real Hero is a revealing film that shows how corruption in politics affects the life of the layman and how. Certainly the film is still very much loved and cited when it comes to what kind of politician we want. But did you know that the role of journalist-turned-chief minister, Shivaji Rao, was offered for the first time to Aamir Khan?

For reasons best known to him – which I would really like to know, Aamir said no to the film, and it was then passed on to Anil Kapoor. The film was a huge box office hit and turned out to be a vital milestone in Kapoor’s career.

Swades (2004)

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Swadesh

After working together in Lagaan, Ashutosh Gowariker decided to choose Aamir Khan as his next leader, Swadesh. But according to some reports, Aamir Khan got bored while reading the script for the nationally awarded film.

Well, the loss of Mr. Perfectionist turned out to be another gain for Shah Rukh Khan, who blew us away as Mohan Bhargava. Even though Aamir rejected the film, he still showed his love and support for the director by being present for the film’s muhurat coup.

Other Bollywood movies that Aamir Khan highly praised and rejected include Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, 1942: A Love Story and more. What movie would you have hoped he didn’t say no? Let us know in the comments.

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