It seems that kids with “filmy backgrounds” must have it damn easy in Bollywood, but director and chat show host Karan Johar revealed recently that he had a tough time convincing actors to act in his early hit ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.
“I had lot of trouble while casting for Rani Mukerji’s part in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. I had approached eight heroines and no one agreed (for the role). (I had) given a romantic narration but no one responded. I became like a beggar. Even for Salman Khan’s part (in the movie), I had to roam here and there. Finally, it all happened. I had to literally beg Salman and Rani to be on board.”
Karan Johar then joked with the reporters saying that he even considered wearing a short skirt and playing the part himself that was later played by Rani Mukerji. However, both actors accepted the part and the super-hit couple Shah Rukh and Kajol became immensely popular, starring in various Karan Johar movies together.
According to Johar:
“I went to Rani who was then going to do ‘Ghulam’. It was suggested to me by Shah Rukh Khan and Aditya Chopra. They both recommended Rani’s name after looking at a particular expression of her in ‘Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat’. We wanted a known face for Rani’s part as she dies in the beginning (in the movie), but that did not work out.”