Did you know? Bobby Deol was supposed to play Shahid Kapoor’s role in ‘Jab We Met’ & Akshay Kumar’s role in ‘Ajnabee’
Life is full of uncertainties. In the film industry, someone’s loss becomes someone’s gain. But what happens when projects are taken away from you? Well, that bitter experience stays with you for the longest time. And the same thing was experienced by Bobby Deol.
Today Bobby has completed 25 years in Bollywood. And he recently opened up about how he was supposed to play Akshay Kumar‘s role in ‘Ajnabee’ but eventually, he was given a different role in the same film. Also not many are aware of the fact that Bobby was also supposed to star opposite Kareena Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’. Read on to know what transpired thereafter.
In a recent interview with Bollywood Hungama, Bobby revealed that initially he was supposed to play Akshay Kumar’s role in ‘Ajnabee’. However eventually he ended up playing another role in the same film. Calling the industry ruthless, Bobby told the portal, “The people I offered the project to, they eventually took the project from me and made it with themselves. That’s how it is, this industry is ruthless.”
Interestingly, that’s not the only role Bobby lost out to someone else. Previously, in an interview with HuffPost, Bobby had shared how he lost projects like ‘Jab We Met and ‘Highway‘ . Bobby had said that he was replaced by Shahid Kapoor in ‘Jab We met’ at Kareena’s insistence. “There was a studio called Shri Ashtavinayak who wanted to sign me. I told them that let’s sign Imtiaz. He has a script ready. And let’s talk to Kareena Kapoor. The producers were like, oh no, that guy will make an expensive film. Kareena, on the other hand, didn’t even want to meet Imtiaz. I took them to Preity Zinta. She agreed but said she can do it only after 6 months. So we were stuck,” Bobby had told HuffPost.
However, later Bobby found out that Kareena had signed the film and also made Imtiaz Ali cast Shahid Kapoor opposite her. “I was like, wow. Quite an industry,” revealed Bobby. Despite losing out two films with Imtiaz, Bobby added, “But I have no hard feelings against Imtiaz. He is a great director and doing so well. We’re still friends. But I always tell him: ‘Imtiaz, I won’t watch any of your films until you make one with me. That’ll be your best film.’”
On the work front, Bobby was recently seen in Netflix’s ‘Class of 83’ and in Prakash Jha’s web series ‘Aashram’. And we hope to see more of him on the silver screen in the coming years.