We have grown up watching the Hindi romantic film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.’ The film stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee in lead roles. But did you know that Rani Mukherjee wasn’t the first choice for her role?
Twinkle Khanna, Karisma Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai had been offered that role before her. Though we all loved Rani in her role, but we also know that Aishwarya would also have created the same magic on-screen. But she had refused to do the film. And it’s not because she didn’t like the script, or the co-stars or due to her hectic schedule. The reason will actually shock you.
Aishwarya was almost new to the film industry when Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was offered to her. Talking about why she rejected it, Aishwarya had said, “I’m in a catch-22 situation, really. Though I’m a newcomer, I’m compared with all the senior actresses,” Aishwarya had said a year after KKHH came out, “If I’d done the film, it would have been tittered that, ‘Look, Aishwarya Rai is back to doing what she did in her modelling days—leaving her hair straight, wearing minis, and pouting glamorously into the camera.’ Ultimately, the hero goes back to the more real person. I know if I’d done Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I would have been lynched.”
Aishwarya was unhappy with how she was stereotyped back then. Aish said, “Look, I can’t fight the looks I’ve been born with. If I’m blessed with good looks, so be it. But for Pete’s sake, don’t knock my hard work, my professionalism. I’m only three-films-old. I haven’t given any of my directors any reason to complain.”