Jun 17, 2024, 12:51 PM IST

5 films, including four blockbusters, Rajesh Khanna lost to other stars

Simran Singh

Here are the popular movies that were reportedly rejected by late actor or he got replaced 

The role of Puran Kumar in Manoj Kumar's National Award-winning drama was first offered to Rajesh Khanna. But Rajesh won the All India Talent Contest and had to withdraw from the film

Upkar (1967)

The movie that made Amitabh Bachchan a superstar was offered to Rajesh Khanna. However, like other actors, he rejected the film, and the rest is history

Zanjeer (1973)

After Daag: A Poem of Love, Yash Chopra wanted to collaborate with Rajesh in crime-drama, but the actor reportedly rejected the film

Deewaar (1975)

Rajesh Khanna was the first choice for the film. But Shashi Kapoor later replaced him because Rajesh reportedly troubled Shammi Kapoor during Bundal Baaz, and Shammi objected to Rajesh's involvement

Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)

Prakash Mehra's directorial was first announced with Rajesh Khanna and Shatrugan Sinha. However, he walked out of the film, and it got shelved for some years, until it was revived with Amitabh Bachchan

Jaadugar (1989)

Indian cinema's first superstar Rajesh Khanna appeared in more than 180 films

Rajesh Khanna left his fans heartbroken forever after his demise on July 18, 2012

Rajesh's last on-screen appearance was Riyasat, which was released two years after his demise