Karisma Kapoor is a Bollywood actress. She is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards, and was one of the most popular Hindi film actresses of the 1990s and 2000s. At the age of 17, Kapoor left her studies to pursue a film career, making her acting debut headlining the musical film Prem Qaidi (1991) Kapoor rose to prominence starring in a number of box office hits, including the dramas Jigar and Anari, and Coolie No. 1.
Like many other actors, Karisma, too, turned down projects, some of which turned out to be blockbuster hits. Take a look at the many Bollywood films Karisma Kapoor has turned down over the years, from starring opposite Aamir Khan in Ishq to Shah Rukh Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Anil Kapoor in Judaai.
Karisma Kapoor was cast as the female lead after Shekhar Kapur was hired as director. However, she later declined the project for unspecified reasons. The film was then directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and served as the debut vehicle for actress Twinkle Khanna.
Karisma Kapoor was first choice to play Madhu Saxena in the 1997 film. However, when she declined it too, the role was later passed on to Juhi Chawla, who wowed us all with her performance. The rom-com was directed by Indra Kumar and starred Aamir Khan.
The reason Karisma Kapoor declined the lead role role against Anil Kapoor is still unknown. Urmila Matondkar finally played the role, and she was nominated for best-supporting actress at the Filmfare, Screen, and Zee Cine Awards.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Twinkle Khanna was approached by Karan Johar to play Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but she declined. Urmila Matondkar, Tabu, Raveena Tandon, and Karisma Kapoor were also considered for the role, but it was won by Rani Mukerjee, who made it one of her most memorable characters.
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke (2001)
Preity Zinta was not the first choice to play the lead in the Ajay Devgn-Madhuri Dixit film. Deepak Shivdasani, the director, wanted to recreate Madhuri and Karisma’s pairing from Dil To Pagal Hai. Karisma Kapoor declined the role because she wanted to marry and opted out.
The producers approached Karisma Kapoor instead of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who happened to be Shah Rukh Khan’s first choice for Kuarwaki, for the role because they wanted to introduce a new pairing to the audience. Kareena Kapoor Khan was eventually cast as SRK’s co-star in Asoka.