Many Bollywood films are released every year. What we see on the screen takes loads of hard work backstage. The actors are cast initially and eventually get replaced because of recommendations or other demands. The reasons could be plenty. Some of them talk about being replaced, while some remain silent. Here are some of the Bollywood celebrities who talked about being replaced in the movies.
Talking to Bollywood Bubble, Katrina Kaif shared her experience of being replaced in the film Saaya after just one shot. She felt that her career was over. Katrina said,
“I got thrown out, not thrown out, let’s say replaced in a film called Saaya, which was an Anurag Basu film with John Abraham and Tara Sharma. After shooting one shot, not one day but just one shot. At that time, I thought my life was over. I thought my career was over.”
Rajkummar Rao has a different say on being replaced. He is a cool guy and does not keep things in his heart. He said,
“You just move on. You just feel that, ‘Maybe, it is not in my destiny.’ I am a very chilled-out person that way; I don’t really keep anything in my heart.”
Talking to Filmfare, Taapsee Pannu mentioned how she was once replaced in a project because the “hero’s wife didn’t want” her to be a part of it. She said,
“I faced some really weird things in the beginning, like she isn’t pretty enough. I’ve been replaced because the hero’s wife didn’t want me to be part of the film. I was dubbing for one of my films, and I was told that the hero didn’t like my dialogue, so I should change it. When I refused to change it, they got a dubbing artiste to do it behind my back.”
Shefali Shah is one of the most talented actresses in Bollywood. At the age of 32, she played the role of Akshay Kumar’s mother when he was 38 in the film Waqt: The Race Against Time. Shefali Shah shared her experience of being replaced in films by a ‘biggest star.’ She said,
“All it required was for somebody to make that call or the director to call me and say ‘I’m sorry, or You know what, we think xyz works better for the film.’ Now, that is human behavior, that is the basic courtesy… I felt terrible about it. I felt terrible about it but I also knew the person they have cast was a bigger star, was a star, I’m not a star, I’m an actor. Of course, it hurt me. But it was more a sense of ‘Aare bata toh dete (You could have told me at least)’. Secondly, it was more of a sense of, ‘S*** yaar, I lost out on a really nice role,’ that was it.”
Priyanka Chopra is one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood. A global icon Priyanka Chopra was also replaced in the films, not once, but twice. She shared,
“I have been replaced, and it has happened twice. I have had situations where I have been thrown out of films because someone else was recommended… a girlfriend was recommended after I was signed for a movie. So, that’s an abuse of power, girlfriend of the hero, or girlfriend of the director.”
Kareena Kapoor shared that she got replaced in the films because of the pay disparity in the industry. Sharing her experience, Kareena said,
“I did demand a certain fee, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. You put in an equal amount of time and effort, so obviously, you want a certain amount. Now there is a lot of discussion about pay disparity, but when I said it earlier, no one really paid attention to it. Of course, if I have demanded something, I have been replaced, but it is just that you don’t hear about it.”
Abhishek Bachchan shared that he was replaced in the films and was not even informed about it. It was an awkward and equally embarrassing incident for him. He said,
“I’ve been replaced in films. I’ve been replaced in films and not been told. And I’ve literally shown up at the shooting, and somebody else is shooting there. And you had to just quietly turn around and walk away.”
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