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Shah Rukh Khan rejected DDLJ four times because he thought he was too old to be a romantic hero

Did you know Shah Rukh Khan rejected Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge four times (Photo credit – Instagram / IMDb)

Shah Rukh Khan is the Bollywood superstar. He earned the nickname “King of Romance” after delivering a series of romantic films like Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Veer Zara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and many more. But Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has a special place in the hearts of fans.

Even after 25 years, DDLJ is still operating at the Maratha Mandir Theater in Mumbai. The film was Aditya Chopra’s debut film which went on to become the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1995 and one of the most successful Indian films in history. SRK’s spectacular performance in the film and makes ‘Raj’ a household name.

However, not many people know that Shah Rukh Khan was initially skeptical of playing in the film. He had turned down the role of Raj four times when Aditya Chopra had offered it to him. As reported by Scoopwhoop, Shah Rukh admitted in a documentary: “I never wanted to play a romantic role. Because when I joined the movies, I was 26. Normally, romantic movies would mean you start college, then make your way to romance, then run off with a girl, or kill yourself with a girl. I thought I was too old to be a romantic hero.

SRK further revealed that he turned down the role while leading the industry with his negative roles in films like “Darr” and “Baazigar”. He felt that these negative roles brought him success and growth in Bollywood. As a result, he insisted on playing only negative roles.

After Shah Rukh rejected the role, Aditya Chopra decided to offer the role to Saif Ali Khan instead, but his father Yash Chopra decided otherwise and wanted to convince SRK. The late filmmaker had personally visited King Khan and advised him: “You have to play romantic roles on the big screen if you want to survive in the industry.” The advice of the legendary filmmaker changed everything for him. Dilwale Dulhania The Jayenge became a successful film and became a turning point in his career.

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