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    15 Bollywood Actors Who Almost Got Cast In Iconic Roles But Ultimately Didn’t

    Varun Dhawan was supposed to play Ayushmann's role in Andhadhun!

    1. Both Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were considered to play the female lead in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The role, however, eventually went to Deepika Padukone.

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    2. Katrina Kaif also rejected the role that was eventually played by Ileana D’Cruz in Barfi!.

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    3. Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, had turned down Deepika's role in Tamasha.

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    4. It's a bit difficult to digest this news at this point, given the sheer perfection that was Alia Bhatt's performance, but Priyanka Chopra Jonas was initially considered to play Gangubai in Gangubai Kathiawadi.

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    Deepika Padukone and Rani Mukerji were also apparently approached.

    5. Priyanka Chopra Jonas also quit the leading role in Bharat, supposedly at the last minute, and Katrina Kaif took her place.

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    6. Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Parineeti Chopra were both offered roles in Udta Punjab, but they were finally played by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt.

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    7. This was supposed to be the original cast of Bajirao Mastani.

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    Sanjay Leela Bhansali had first announced the film way back in 2003 and had cast Salman Khan as Bajirao, Kareena Kapoor Khan as Mastani, and Rani Mukerji as Kashibai.

    However, things obviously looked very different upon the film's final release in 2015.

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    Ranveer Singh ended up playing Bajirao, Deepika was Mastani, and Priyanka was Kashibai. All three were spectacular in their respective roles.

    8. Sriram Raghavan, the director of the 2018 gem, Andhadhun, had initially approached Varun Dhawan for the lead role.

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    9. Irrfan Khan, and not Vicky Kaushal, was director Shoojit Sircar's first choice to play Udham Singh in Sardar Udham. Khan, however, backed out owing to his health issues.

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    10. Tabu and Irrfan Khan were the first choices to play the parents in Badhaai Ho.

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    While things did not materialise, it was Tabu who suggested casting Neena Gupta as Priyamvada "Bubbly" Kaushik.

    11. This was the original cast of Manmarziyaan.

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    Dulquer Salmaan, Bhumi Pednekar, and Ayushmann Khurrana were apparently initially cast in the film.

    However, the film was quite well-received with Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal as its ultimate leads.

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    12. Tara Sutaria, and not Kiara Advani, was the director's first choice to play Preeti in Kabir Singh.

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    13. As per rumours, Arjun Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Akshay Kumar were all being considered for roles in 83.

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    Vicky Kaushal's name also came up for a role.

    Here's what the 83 cast actually looked like:

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    14. Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, and Hrithik Roshan were all, at one point, being considered for roles in Atrangi Re.

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    However, things looked quite different upon the film's 2021 release with Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan, and Akshay Kumar as the leads.

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    15. And finally, both Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan were offered Fawad Khan's role in Kapoor & Sons.

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