Birthday Special: When Shahrukh Khan declined DARR!
Shah Rukh Khan popularly recognized as SRK and termed as Badshah in Bollywood has come a long way in his career spanning more than two decades. From a modest TV serial actor to India's superstar Shah Rukh Khan has proved his mettle as an actor par excellence. On November 2, 2013 SRK turns 48. Glamsham.Com wishes him many happy returns of the day.
You may be aware that both Ajay Devgn and Aamir Khan had declined to play the cynical lover in Yash Chopra's DARR. However it may come as a surprise to you that even Shah Rukh Khan had declined the role when it was first offered!
In an interview eminent personality Javed Siddiqui said, "When I narrated the story to Shah Rukh, he instantly rejected the role. He retorted, "Siddiqui sahab, aap mujhe Ranjeet aur Danny jaisa villain banana chaate hai? (Do you want to trap me as a villain like Ranjeet and Danny). However I cajoled him saying that a good actor is identified by the different characters he portrays."
Siddiqui sahab later gave him the example of Dilip Kumar, who played a negative role in ANDAAZ and Sanjeev Kumar who played Jaya Bhadhuri's father in PARICHAY, when he was just in his late 30s. Slowly the idea sunk and SRK gave the nod. DARR proved a turning point in his career and established SRK as a talented 'actor'.
In fact after watching the rushes of the film Sunny Deol felt envious hence to please Sunny Yashji inserted an action sequence in the opening where he rescues child hostages from the terrorist. However, despite this, Sunny Deol skipped the film's premier.
Shah Rukh played the negative character to such perfection that he was nominated for Filmfare in Best Villain category.