Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and director Prabhudheva might have made headlines for teaming up for the first time recently (for their newly released film), but not many know that the two had worked together back in the ’90s as well. However, the reason why their action film is being considered their first collaboration is because the ’90s project — for which Prabhudheva had choreographed two songs — never saw the light of day.
This isn’t the only such case of a close encounter in Bollywood. There have been several such incidents wherein films have almost materialised for actors, and vice versa, but at the last minute, have fizzled out due to a variety of reasons.
Recalling working with Ajay back in the ’90s, Prabhudheva says, “I remember we had shot the two songs in Shimla and it was very cold. I must have been 18 or 19, while Ajay sir was 20 or 21. Post that, I never got an opportunity to work with him until now.”
In a similar instance, Anushka Sharma had auditioned for the role of the female lead in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. The part was eventually played by Kareena Kapoor Khan. “I had no idea Anushka had auditioned. A lot of auditions happen; some reach me and some don’t… it’s quite unbelievable though,” says Raju. Interestingly, Anushka stars in his upcoming directorial venture.
Before Ayesha Kapoor was finalised for the role of the young protagonist in film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005), Alia Bhatt was vying for the part. “At that time, I was 10 or 11. Of course, I didn’t get the role, but it was nice to meet Sanjay sir,” says Alia. Likewise, Shraddha Kapoor auditioned to bag a role in My Friend Pinto (2011). Kalki Koechlin eventually got the part, which Shraddha has admitted, left her crying “non-stop for three days”.
Rhea Chakraborty went through similar emotions when she auditioned for Band Baaja Baarat (2010), but did not get selected. Later, she made her debut with another film by the same production house (helmed by Aditya Chopra). One of the most talked about incidents of this kind involves Deepika Padukone. The now successful actor had a chance to make her debut film with Salman Khan. “The first movie that was proposed to me was alongside Salman. At that point, I wasn't ready. I wasn't even an actor then,” she told HT Café.