Sridevi was the first female superstar of Indian film industry. She ruled the silver-screen during the 80s and 90s and experimented to select movies, thus she chose to say No to some ‘big’ films opposite big heroes of that time. Here is the list of movies which Sridevi rejected:
Jurassic Park is a science-fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, released worldwide in 1993. It’s an adventurous story based on how dinosaurs might someday be brought back alongside modern mankind.Steven Spielberg offered a role to late Bollywood actress Sridevi in this Hollywood flick. But she was at the peak of her Bollywood career at that time and did not consider the role fit for her.
The second highest grossing Hindi film of 1994, Mohra is also remembered for its chartbusters songs. It was the first film of the trio of Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal. Initially, Sridevi was offered the female lead role opposite Akshay Kumar but she refused. Later on the role went to Late actress Divya Bharti, but due to her sudden death, Raveena Tandon was roped in. “Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast”, was picturised on Raveena Tandon, which led to her being nicknamed “the mast girl of Bollywood”.
The first flop film of director Subhash Ghai ‘ Yaadein’ was released in 2001. Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, and Jackie Shroff were in lead roles in the film.The role of Jackie Shroff’s wife was first offered to Sridevi but she refused it. The role was then played by Rati Agnihotri.
A multi-starrer film Mohabbatein is a second directorial venture of Aditya Chopra, released in 2002. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai in pivotal roles, along with six young debutantes. It was rumoured that Late actress Sridevi was approached to be a love interest to Narayan Shankar(Amitabh Bachchan), but she turned down the role. After she said no to it, the role was then removed from the script. Mohabbatein was a big hit of the year, both critically and commercially.
Shakti – The Power
Shakti: The Power is a Hindi action drama film released in 2002. This film was based on Betty Mahmoody’s book “Not Without My daughter”, which is an original story of real-life escape of Betty Mahmoody. The film was directed by Krishna Vamsi with Karisma Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Sanjay Kapoor in lead roles and Shahrukh Khan in supporting role.
Shakti: The Power was produced under the banner Sridevi Productions and was supposed to be a comeback film of Late actress Sridevi.The role went to Karisma Kapoor as Sridevi was expecting a baby that time.
Darr is a Bollywood romantic thriller film directed by late Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It stars Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan in leading roles. Sridevi was offered a role of female lead in the film which she turned down considering an ordinary character. She was very keen to play Shah Rukh’s part in the movie. As Sridevi turned down the role,it went to Juhi Chawla. The film was one of the biggest hits of 1993.
Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Shilpa Shetty starrer film Baazigar was released in 1993. Initially, Sridevi was supposed to play a double role for both female roles as twin sisters. But later on director duo Abbas–Mustan realized that because of her popularity, an audience will not be able to sympathize with the hero if he kills a character played by Sridevi, hence they decided to cast different actresses. Baazigar was a huge commercial success of the year.
Beta is a Hindi drama film directed by Indra Kumar, released in 1992. It featured Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Aruna Irani in lead roles.
“Beta” was one of the super hit films of 1992. The female lead was offered to late Sridevi which She refused because she had collaborated with Anil Kapoor numerous times before. Then that role went to Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri Dixit got the tag of “Dhak Dhak Girl” from this film. Beta was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1992.
Released in 2003, Baghban is a Hindi family drama film directed by Ravi Chopra, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, and Hema Malini in lead roles.
The role played by Hema Malini was first offered to Sridevi but she refused to play. Rumour was that she denied because she wanted a much more powerful role in a comeback.
However, the film was highly acclaimed for natural looking on-screen chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini who came together after a gap of 20 years after Nastik (1983).
One of the most expensive films of Indian cinema Baahubali was released in July 2015. This film has garnered record-breaking box office success. The powerful character of Sivagami Devi was first offered to Sridevi who showed no interest in the film. The role later went to Telugu actress Ramya Krishnan.