Salman, Madhuri and Shah Rukh Khan: A casting coup that could have been ‘Pardes’
In the period of 90s, filmmaker Subhash Ghai had already become a recognised name, and was one of the most bankable directors in Bollywood, after delivering successful films like ‘Karz’, ‘Hero’, ‘Karma’, ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Saudagar’ and ‘Khalnayak’. Sadly, there came a rough time when many thought his career to be finished after the debacle of his production venture ‘Trimurti’ (1995). But, the filmmaker bounced back with yet another successful film ‘Pardes’ (1997) and silenced his haters. Recently, the movie completed 20 years of its release, and on the occasion, we found an interesting unknown fact. The fact finds its roots during the casting of this film.
We all know that movie featured Shah Rukh Khan and two newcomers, Mahima Chaudhary and Apurva Agnihotri. Recently, Subhash Ghai had hosted a special screening of the movie where during the media interaction he revealed that he was first suggested to cast Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit along with Shah Rukh Khan. Yes! You read that right.
It was during the event, when Subhash Ghai was asked as to what challenges did he face while making this film. To which he replied, “As a director I had to face two challenges while making ‘Pardes’. First as a producer I was facing a challenge as our banner Mukta Arts’ last film ‘Trimurti’ didn’t do well at the box office. So, after delivering so many hit films, if you give a flop film then somewhere the attitude of the film industry, stars, media slightly changes towards you a bit. So, I was receiving a lot of flak at that time that my banner is finished, I am finished, I am now past. There were some who were even happy due to this. But, I didn’t want to let them have the satisfaction. I decided to make a film, and wrote the story of ‘Pardes’. Then, as a producer I faced a challenge, when after writing the story, the discussion about the casting of the film began. That was a very big problem. So, at that time our manager Gupta ji of Mukta Arts, used to discuss about the casting, setup, about the budget, at what price it might be sold, how the distributors will behave for this film, what would be their reaction, etc. So, he suggested me there would be a casting of Shah Rukh Khan and the role of NRI boy could be done by Salman (Khan), and Madhuri (Dixit) would be perfect to play the central character. Initially, I had even told the idea of Ganga (theHeroine‘s character name in ‘Pardes’) to Madhuri while we were shooting for ‘Khalnayak’ and she had liked it. But, I thought of a setup where there should have been a new girl, a new boy for NRI’s role and Shah Rukh Khan.” [sic] (Also Read:Did you know? Shah Rukh Khan’s train dance in ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ was never the original plan)
“I was in a dilemma as Gupta ji and my office wanted me to make the film with Salman, Madhuri and Shah Rukh so that it would have been a big film which would have helped in covering the loss of ‘Trimurti’. They were right from a producer’s point of view but the director within me was not agreeing upon this casting and to make this film with a big starcast like this. My character Ganga demanded a new girl only and the other role of NRI also demanded to be someone who looked like he had come from abroad. He shouldn’t look Indian, his traits; how he sits, walks, style, talking in not so perfect Hindi, should all be there. So, it was a huge challenge for me to convince everybody that I want to make this film like this only. I was hellbent on this particular thing and then I did the casting with the newcomers. We took Mahima ji and Apurva (Agnihotri) and Shah Rukh Khan,” added the filmmaker. [sic]
And the rest as they say is history.
This throwback video of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan crooning is a must watch
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has a humongous fan following ever since she won the Miss World title. After making a name for herself in the world of modelling the beauty soon entered Bollywood and went on to be one of the top most Divas. She has not only won fans in Bollywood but Hollywood too.
But not many know that Aishwarya also has a hidden talent. Recently a throwback video of the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ actress is viral on the social network. She is seen singing and her voice is pure gold.
Check out the throwback video here.
She was singing this song on Farooq Shaikh’s much loved show ‘Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’. Isn’t she amazing?
The Bachchan bahu who is a brand ambassador of a popular make up brand, recently walked the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival. She just slayed us with her sizzling looks at the prestigious event that she attended with her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan. (Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s heartfelt “birthday” wish for her mother will melt your heart)
Did you know Alia Bhatt was the FIRST choice for Ranbir's 'Wake Up Sid' ?
Director Ayan Mukerji is introducing audiences with a fresh pair on-screen in his next. Yes, we are talking about ‘Brahmastra’! The director has roped in Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor for his trilogy. The lead actors of the film stunned everyone when they made a joint-appearance at Sonam Kapoor‘s wedding. We are already aware of Alia’s fondness for the Kapoor Jr. The actress herself made a confession that she always wanted to marry Ranbir. The duo has been spending quality together lately. The rumors of the two dating are going since a long time.
Keeping that aside, we have some interesting thing to share about this rumoured lovebirds. While everyone is excited to see them together in ‘Brahmastra’ which releases in 2019. But hey! This is not the FIRST that the duo has come together on-board for a project. [Also read:EXCLUSIVE: Alia Bhatt to get special training for Brahmastra?]
Remember RK’s ‘Wake Up Sid’ opposite Konkana Sen Sharma? Well, Ayan Mukerji had initially approached Alia to play the character opposite Ranbir. The 25-year-old actress had even auditioned for the movie but for some reason, it was passed on-to Konkana.
Check Alia’s audition video for ‘Wake Up Sid’ here-
It was not just meant to be, we say! Anyway, we are way too excited to watch them entertain us with their super-hero flick.