Not Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone was to make her debut with Salman Khan, Here’s why she rejected the offer

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Deepika Padukone made her acting debut in Bollywood with Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. The actress starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan in the film. Deepika played Shantipriya and Sandy. She won hearts with her performance in Om Shanti Om. Deepika has proved her mettle as an artist with various projects such as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela, Chhapaak and Bajirao Mastani among others.

Today, she is one of the highest-paid actresses of Bollywood. However, did you know Deepika had an acting offer from Salman Khan, before she was chosen for Om Shanti Om? And Deepika turned down the offer.

Deepika once told PTI, “He (Salman Khan) offered me my first film when I was too young and I was not ready to be in front of the camera. I will always be grateful to him. Just the fact that he offered me a film was a great thing. It is a taking a long time for us to come together on screen, so I think there is something special waiting for us.”

Later, Deepika had revealed that Om Shanti Om happened two years after Salman Khan had offered her a film. In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Deepika had said, “I was not ready for films. I didn’t want to be an actor and then literally two years later, Om Shanti Om happened.” The actress added that she is grateful for the opportunity Salman wanted to give her.

Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone have never worked together. Fans are waiting for them to come together.

Deepika completes 15 years in Bollywood today. The actress will be seen in Project K with Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas and Disha Patani. Apart from this, Deepika also has The Intern remake and Fighter with Hrithik Roshan. Salman, on the other hand, will be seen in Tiger 3 with Katrina Kaif which will be released during Diwali next year. The actor also has Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan which is slated to release during Eid.


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