When Shah Rukh Khan nearly refused the role at DDLJ

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When Shah Rukh Khan nearly refused the role at DDLJ

Shah Rukh, who was mostly seen in dark action-thrillers like Darr, Baazigar, and Anjaam prior to DDLJ, confessed his apprehensions of starring in a romantic film.

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Published: Wed 21 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 22 Oct 2015, 11:00 AM

With arms wide open, Shah Rukh Khan redefined romance when he starred as Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but the superstar says he almost said no to the film as he found the role too "girlish".
Shah Rukh revealed this in the Making of DDLJ documentary, released to mark the 20th anniversary of the film.
Directed by Aditya Chopra, the romance drama also starred Kajol, Mandira Bedi, Anupam Kher, Amrish Puri and Farida Jalal.
The one-hour documentary features unseen footage, behind the scenes shots and interviews of the cast and crew.
Shah Rukh, who was mostly seen in dark action-thrillers like Darr, Baazigar, and Anjaam prior to DDLJ, confessed his apprehensions of starring in a romantic film.
He also shared how, just before starting the film, he was undergoing a low phase due to his sister's illness.
The documentary chronicles the movie's inception, with pictures of Chopra's earlier drafts of the script, its making, release and subsequent legacy.
The special feature is packed with interesting trivia right from Kajol's reluctance to shoot the popular song Mere Khwabo Mein Jo Aaye in a towel to Shah Rukh's insistence on adding an action scene in the climax.
It also has a previously unseen video of actress Juhi Chawla making a cameo in the film, which did not make it to the final cut.
DDLJ propelled Shah Rukh and Kajol to global stardom and made 'Raj' and 'Simran' household names. The movie also gave a platform to filmmaker Karan Johar, choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan, fashion designer Manish Malhotra, who all feature in the documentary, to start their individual careers.
The documentary features anecdotes from Johar and Uday Chopra, who were both assistant directors in DDLJ, late Yash Chopra's wife Pamela, and Kher among others.
The film, which released in 1995, is still running at a Mumbai theatre.



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