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Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was released in 1995. The superhit romantic drama premiered and took the world by storm. It went on to be the longest-running film in the history of Bollywood. The movie also gave Bollywood the hit pairing of SRK and Kajol as Raj and Simran. Shah Rukh Khan too went on to become the King of Romance after starring in the romantic drama.

But do you know that King Khan was not the first choice to play the iconic character of Raj in the Aditya Chopra directorial? Yes, you heard it right, SRk was not Aditya Chopra’s first choice. The filmmaker was keen on casting Saif Ali Khan as Raj Malhotra.


The makers had approached Saif Ali Khan to play the role of Raj Malhotra. They thought that he would fit in the romantic drama more than anyone else. But the Omkara star declined the offer made by Aditya Chopra due to date issues. Saif was busy with his other films so had to refuse DDLJ. Eventually, Shah Rukh Khan was roped in to play the role of Raj in the film and the rest is history.

Not just Saif Ali Khan, Aditya Chopra was keen to rope in Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise to play Raj Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Reportedly, Aditya Chopra wanted to cast the actor, giving the film, an Indo-American twist. However, his idea was shot down by his father the late legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra.

On the work front, Saif Ali Khan was last seen in Bhoot Police and Bunty Aur Babli in 2021. He will next be seen in Prabhas starer Adipurush. He also has Vikram Vedha with Hrithik Roshan.

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