7 Times When Bollywood Directors Ditched Their Favorite Actors For Other Actors
There are a number of frequent collaborations between Bollywood actors, directors, producers, singers and other professionals that have resulted in some of the most successful films in the history of Indian cinema. Actors and directors develop a greater understanding of each other's work ethic while shooting for a film and if they are comfortable with each other and the film becomes a hit, a partnership is obvious.
The collaborations are not just limited to actors-directors, we have seen some hit producer-director or producer-actor pair who are always working together. Ther a few directors have a great partnership with the writers of their films then comes the turn of lyricists and music composers and singers who also have great professional partnerships.
But there are times when we have seen directors working with some other actor rather than their favorite actor or frequent collaborator. The results vary from box office disasters to new successful partnerships. Here are 7 times when Bollywood directors ditched their favorite actor for another actor and the fate of that film:
Farah Khan-SRK: One of the most successful actor-director partnership in Bollywood they gave 2 back to back hits in Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om. But for her next film Tees Maar Khan, Farah took Akshay Kumar and the film underperformed at the box office
Karan Johar-SRK: Prior to Student of the Year, Karan Johar directed 4 films that had SRK in the lead role. In SOTY, there were 3 newcomers who are now a household name and the film became a hit.
Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn: They are one of the most successful actor-director pairs in Bollywood and did 8 films together before Rohit partnered with SRK for Chennai Express and Dilwale. While Chennai Express was a blockbuster, Dilwale was a semi-hit.
Aditya Chopra-SRK: The pair has delivered some of the most iconic romances in Bollywood with DDLJ, Mohabbatein and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Adi Chopra went with Ranveer Singh in Befikre and the film performed below average.
Imtiaz Ali-Ranbir Kapoor: The pair has delivered acclaimed films like Rockstar and Tamasha. Imtiaz Ali picked SRK for his next film Jab Harry Met Sejal and the film flopped at the box office.
Neeraj Pandey-Akshay Kumar: The pair has given hit films like Baby and Special 26. Neeraj Pandey directed MS Dhoni: The Untold Story as his next film with Sushant Singh Rajput and the film became a box-office hit.
Sajid Khan-Akshay Kumar: The pair worked in 3 super-hits together- Heyy Baby, Housefull and Housefull 2. Sajid then directed Himmatwala with Ajay Devgn that became a box office disaster.