Bollywood celebrities get media attention more often than not these days. Like when they act in a movie and when it becomes a blockbuster hit at the box office, they hit the headlines for all the right reasons.
The stars across all the cities have scores of supporters not just in India but elsewhere too. They do get paid handsomely for each movie and they are known to lead a luxurious life.
Besides acting in Indian movies, they also love to show off or mark their presence in Hollywood movies in a bid to have a global reputation. Big names like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Anil Kapoor have already earned a reputation for themselves by earning some big projects in the Hollywood industry.
There are others who didn’t hesitate to do cameos to strengthen their resume in the cinema industry. There have also been several instances where our stars have turned down ambitious Hollywood projects when they received many big offers.
Let’s take a look at Bollywood celebrities who politely turned down Hollywood movies.
Deepika Padukone – Fast & Furious 7
Deepika Padukone is one of the richest and prominent actresses in the Bollywood film industry. She was offered a mainstream role in Fast & Furious 7 opposite Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. But, the actress had to turn down the ambitious project as she was busy shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.
Hrithik Roshan – Pink Panther 2
There’s no doubt Hrithik is one of Bollywood’s all-time great. Tagged as Bollywood’s Greek God, Hrithik Roshan received an offer to play the role of Vicente in Pink Panther 2. Nonetheless, the actor had to turn the offer down because he was busy with other important projects with Bollywood directors.
Ronit Roy – Zero Dark Thirty
Ronit Roy who is one of the finest actors in Bollywood was offered a role in the Oscar award-winning movie by the name of Zero Dark Thirty. However, Ronit made his priorities right. He dedicated his full time to Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year and which is why he had to turn down a lucrative offer.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Troy
The ever-so beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was offered a role opposite Brad Pitt in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy. She turned down the role as it demanded intimate scenes with Brad Pitt.
Akshay Kumar – Untitled movie co-starring Dwayne Johnson
The Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar is not just a reputed actor in Bollywood industry but also a philanthropist and a good human being. When it comes to helping others at the need of the hour, Akshay is second to none. He has not only extended his services to the film industry but has also won people’s hearts by giving back to society.
He was offered a role in an untitled Hollywood movie with Dwayne Johnson. Akshay Kumar felt that he is not suitable for Hollywood and hence he turned down the movie.
Shah Rukh Khan – Slumdog Millionaire
Yes, it was true that Shah Rukh Khan turned down the offer to make his Hollywood debut with Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. As per the reports, SRK was offered the role of Anil Kapoor. But, SRK rejected the lucrative offer on the table as he thought the role was not suitable for him.
Irrfan Khan – Interstellar
Yes, it didn’t take much time for Irrfan Khan to reject a Christopher Nolan movie. The star actor was offered the role of Matt Damon in the movie, ‘Interstellar’ and he was supposed to camp in US for four months to work with the crew.
Since ‘Life of Pie’ actor had other duties already, he had to fly to India for the filming of ‘The Lunchbox’. This is why he had to turn down the big offer.
Priyanka Chopra – Immortal
Quantico’s main actress, Priyanka Chopra was offered a role of Freida Pinto in the movie ‘Immortal’. However, she had to turn down the offer as the schedule of the movie was coinciding with her Bollywood movie- 7 Khoon Maaf
Payal Rohatgi was approached for a movie by a French director and required Payal to shoot for as many as two long years. Unfortunately, the actress turned down the offer since she could not dedicate so much time to a Hollywood movie.
Naseeruddin Shah – Harry Potter Series
Naseeruddin Shah denied the audition for Albus Dumbledore’s role from the Harry Potter Series- the death of Richard Harris. The reason behind him turning down the big offer is still unknown.