Did you know birthday boy Hrithik Roshan was paid less than Preity Zinta in ‘Mission Kashmir’?

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Did you know that Shah Rukh Khan was supposed to play the role of Altaaf in the film ‘Mission Kashmir’ and Big B was cast as well? According to Suketu Mehta’s 2004 book ‘Maximum City’, Amitabh Bachchan and Khan dropped from the movie to take over ‘Mohabbatein’ together and that’s when Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt stepped in.

The book also revealed that Hrithik was signed on to ‘Mission Kashmir’ for ₹11 lakh that was ₹4 lakh less than the film’s female lead, Preity Zinta.


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Suketu wrote in the book, “If Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Hrithik’s debut film, flopped when it released, so, in all probability, will Mission Kashmir.” But, Vinod saw some spark in Hrithik’s work and he decided to cast him. ‘Mission Kashmir’ released months after Hrithik’s debut in ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’.

“A phenomenon has been observed in theatres where Hrithik’s first film, a love story, has been showing: young women faint when he comes into the frame. They have been fainting all over India and abroad too…” Suketu wrote.

Hrithik is now one of the biggest stars in Bollywood and he has many hits in his kitty.  The actor celebrates his 47th birthday today and he will be seen next opposite Deepika Padukone in ‘Fighter’.

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