Movies Rejected by Rani Mukerji

Some Bollywood actors play by their heart and so they go on rejecting films that turn out to be blockbusters at box office. While Kareena Kapoor Khan and Hrithik Roshan have a long list of such films, Rani Mukerji is not behind in any way.

Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji always made sure that she always did films that had meaty roles for her. Therefore, she went on to say ‘no’ to every other film she was offered.


In this blog, we have summed up 8 such Bollywood films that were rejected by Rani Mukerji.

1. Aa Gale Lag Jaa – 1994

This romantic thriller of 1994 directed by Hamid Ali Khan was initially offered to Rani Mukerji. She was approached to play the role of female lead, which later went to Urmila Matondkar. The film opened to lukewarm response at the BO.

Aa Gale Lag Jaa - 1994

2. Dil Se – 1998

The Mani Ratnam classic film could have had Rani Mukerji playing the coy fiancee to Shah Rukh Khan, which was later played by Preity Zinta. Due to the lack of weightage of her role, Rani turned the film down.

Films rejected by Rani Mukerji- Dil Se

3. Bhool Bhulaiya – 2007

Priyadarshan wanted Rani Mukerji to play the role of Avni aka Manjulika in the horror-comedy film. But the Ghulam actress refused to do the film. Vidya Balan was later brought in to do the role.


vidya balan bhool bhulaiyaa

4. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. – 2003

Another Gracy Singh movie could have been Rani Mukerji’s. She was offered to play Chinky opposite Sanjay Dutt, but she turned down the role after she read the script.

Bollywood Movies Rejected by Rani Mukerji - Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

5. Waqt – 2005

Rani Mukerji refused to play the female lead opposite Akshay Kumar in Waqt when she was offered the role. The role later went to Priyanka Chopra.

Rani Mukerji Rejected Movies - Waqt

6. Hey Babyy – 2007

This was one meaty role that was rejected by Rani Mukerji. She was initially roped in to play the female lead in the multi-starrer film. She rejected the role and it went to Vidya Balan.

List of Movies Rejected by Rani Mukerji - Hey Babyy

7. Lagaan – 2001

Lagaan, which is one of the most iconic Bollywood films, was supposed to have Rani Mukerji in the role of Gracy Singh. The actress turned down the film and the rest is history.

Movies Rejected by Rani Mukerji - Lagaan

8. The Namesake – 2006

It is touted to be one of the best films in Irrfan Khan‘s arsenal. Rani Mukerji was the director’s first choice to play the female lead, which she rejected. The role later went to Tabu.

The Namesake

Rani Mukerji is one of the actresses in Bollywood who never takes up a film just for the sake of it. She makes sure that she always lands meatier roles in the films she does. If you believe there are more films that Rani rejected than the ones we mentioned here, let us know in the comment section.



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