In an interesting revelation, filmmaker Karan Johar disclosed that he had initially envisioned Aishwarya Rai as the lead actress in his iconic film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’. However, the role eventually went to Kajol instead.
Karan Johar’s Original Vision
Karan Johar, known for his successful directorial ventures, shared in an interview with Komal Nahta that he had initially approached Aishwarya Rai for the role of Anjali in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’. This decision was based on his personal preference and creative vision for the character.
Unexpected Turn of Events
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Kajol, who had previously worked with Karan Johar, was initially unable to commit to the film. Believing that she would decline the offer, Karan Johar decided to approach Aishwarya Rai for the role. However, Kajol surprised him by expressing her desire to be a part of the project, causing a change of plans.
Aishwarya Rai’s Perspective
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, in an interaction with DNA, confirmed that Karan Johar had indeed approached her for ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’. However, the script underwent changes, resulting in modifications to the character she was initially offered. Despite missing out on the opportunity, Aishwarya Rai acknowledged Kajol’s exceptional performance in the film.
‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’: An Enduring Classic
Released in 2001, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ continues to hold a special place in Indian cinema. The film features an ensemble cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, and Jaya Bachchan. The story revolves around Rahul, played by Shah Rukh Khan, who leaves his family to start a new life in London. Years later, his younger brother Rohan embarks on a journey to reunite the family.
Despite the change in casting, the on-screen chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol was widely adored, contributing to the film’s enduring popularity. ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ is hailed as a classic in Indian cinema and continues to captivate audiences with its heartfelt family drama.
Karan Johar’s original plan to cast Aishwarya Rai in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ showcases the intricate decision-making process involved in filmmaking. While the role ultimately went to Kajol, the film’s success and enduring legacy remain intact.
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