Surely you remember the 2003 film ‘Baghban’? Directed by Ravi Chopra, the family drama stars Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. But at first the makers didn’t think of taking Amitabh in this film. What if?
Achala Nagar, the storyteller and screenwriter of the film, said that Dilip Kumar was offered to act in the film before Amitabh. But the veteran actor did not agree to act in the end as he could not decide which actress would be opposite him at that time. Unable to make the film, director BR Chopra went to screen the film with his son Ravi Chopra. About 20 years after Dilip Kumar turned down the offer, work on the film started anew.
In an interview, Achala said, “When BR Chopra offered the job to Dilip Kumar, he said that neither Nargis nor Meena Kumari is alive anymore. Rakhi even stopped working on the film. There was no other actress of Dilip’s contemporaries to act opposite him in the film. With that in mind, he turned down the job offer. ”
At that time BR Chopra could not think of any other actor except Dilip Kumar and could not make the film in the end.