Actors who were the original choice for these popular films – Part 3 – Kollywood

Like Bollywood and Hollywood, even in Kollywood there were films in which these actors weren’t the original choice. Lets check out the list of actors who were the original choice for these popular Kollywood films.

1) Indian

Aishwarya Rai was initially offered to play female lead, but she turned it down and hence the role went to Manisha Koirala. Raadhika was offered to play the other lead opposite the older Kamal Hassan, but she turned it down and the role went to Sukanya.

2) Meaghamann

Shruti Hassan was offered to play the female lead, but she reportedly turned it down. Taapsee Pannu was also offered, but the role went to Hansika.

3) Aranmanai

Apparently Arya was offered the male lead, but the role went to Vinay Rai. Lakshmi Rai’s role was initially offered to Ragini Dwivedi, but she turned it down.

4) Kochadaiyaan

Anushka Shetty was initially offered to play the female lead, but she turned it down. Several actresses such as Asin, Vidya Balan and even Katrina Kaif were approached, but the role finally went to Deepika Padukone.

5) Thuppakki

Deepika Padukone was initially offered the female lead, but she refused. Several actresses such as Sonam Kapoor, Priya Anand, Pranitha, Angela Jonsson were also offered, but the role finally went to Kajal Aggarwal.

6) Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Asin and Nayanthara were initially offered to play the female lead, but the role went to Hansika Motwani.

7) Enthiran

Several actresses such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Asin, Trisha, Priyamani, Nayanthara, Shriya Saran etc, were also considered to play the female lead, but the role went to Aishwarya Rai. Amitabh Bachchan, J.D Chakravarthy, Narain and Arjun were originally considered for the antagonist role, but the role went to Danny Denzongpa.

8) Arrambam

Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul and Kajal Aggarwal were all considered for the lead female role, but the role went to Nayanthara. Arya’s role was initially offered to Vishnuvardhan’s brother Kreshna, but he refused and thus Arya got the role. Richa Gangopadhyay was offered to play the female role opposite Arya, but the role went to Taapsee Pannu.

9) Raja Rani

The role of Surya was initially offered to Sivakarthikeyan, but the role went to Jai, which made him popular. The role of Keerthana was originally offered to Priya Anand, but the role went to Nazriya Nazim.

10) Billa (2007)

Isha Sharwani was also considered for the female role, but she lost out to Nayanthara. The other female role was initially offered to Shriya Saran, but she refused. Other actresses such as Trisha, Reemma Sen, Asin and Bhanu were also considered, then the role went to Pooja Umashankar. But Pooja refused the role as she didn’t want to wear a bikini and hence the role went to Namitha. Prakash Raj was offered the role of an inspector, but the role went to Prabhu, Vadivelu was originally offered to play the comedian, but the role went to Santhanam. The dance number was originally offered to Mumaith Khan, but later Rose Dawn (now known as Hazel Keech) got it.

11) Raavanan

Abhishek Bachchan was initially offered to play Aishwarya Rai’s husband, the cop while Vikram played Veera. But Abhishek Bachchan refused as he was unfamiliar with the language. Hence the role went to Prithviraj.

12) Goa

Genelia D’souza was offered to play the female role opposite Jai, but she refused. Amrita Rao’s sister Preetika Rao (who was last seen in the TV serial Beintehaa) was also approached, but she backed out at the last minute. The role went to Pooja, and later she was replaced by Piaa Bajpai.

13) Vaanam

Jiiva was originally offered to play the male lead, but the role went to Simbu. Nayanthara was offered to play the female lead, but she refused. Anushka Shetty was then offered, but after she refused, Taapsee Pannu was offered, but she rejected as well and then Anushka agreed to play the role.

14) Thillalangadi

Madhavan was initially offered to play the male lead, but the role went to Jayam Ravi. Ileana D’Cruz who did the role in the Telugu version, was offered to play the female lead, but she refused. Bhanu was also offered, but the role finally went to Tamannah.

15) Aadukalam

Shriya Saran was offered the female lead, but she turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Trisha was offered next, but she refused too due to scheduling conflicts. Then the role went to newcomer Taapsee Pannu.

16) Siruthai

Anushka Shetty who played the female lead in the original Telugu version, was initially offered to play the same role but she refused and the role went to Tamannah.

17) Mankatha

The role of one of Ajith’s sidekick was offered to Manoj Manchu, but he refused and the role went to Vaibhav Reddy. Ganesh Venkataraman was offered the 4th sidekick role but he refused. Nandha was also offered but he turned it down as well, and the role went to newcomer Ashwin Kakumanu. Prasanna was offered to play the role of the police officer, but he rejected due to busy schedules, and the role went to Arjun. Samantha was originally offered to play the female lead, but she refused. Actresses such as Anushka Shetty, Neetu Chandra and Lakshmi Rai were also offered, but the role finally went to Trisha. Sneha was approached to play the role opposite Arjun, but the role went to Andrea.

18) Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai

Bipasha Basu, Reemma Sen, Shriya Saran, Priyamani and Tamannah were considered for the roles of the three female roles, but the roles went to Neetu Chandra, Tanushree Dutta and newcomer Sarah Jane Dias.

19) 3

Shruti Hassan was the first choice, but she initially refused due to date clashes. The role was then offered to Amala Paul and she confirmed. But Amala Paul later backed off and Shruti Hassan agreed to play the role as her Telugu film was delayed.

20) Kandukondain Kandukondain

Prabhu Deva was initially offered to play the role of Srikanth, but he refused. Prasanth was then offered, but the role went to Abbas. Soundarya was the first option to play the role of Meenakshi, but she refused due to scheduling conflicts and the role went to Aishwarya Rai.

21) Kannathil Muthamittal

Rani Mukerji, Soundarya and Bhoomika Chawla were initially considered for the role of Indira, but the role finally went to Simran. Vikram was offered to play Dileepan, but he refused and the role went to J.D Chakravarthy.

22) Alaipayuthey

Vasundhara Das was initially offered to play the female lead, but the role went to Shalini. Vikram was offered to play Swarnamalya’s fiancee, but he refused. Shahrukh Khan, Mammooty and Mohanlal were considered for the role of Khushboo’s husband, but the role went to Arvind Swamy.

23) Kakka Kaaka

The role of the male lead first wasn’t offered to Surya. It was Ajith. But he refused. Vikram was then offered but he refused too. Jyothika suggested Surya to Gautham Menon, and hence he got the role.

24) Bharathi

The female role was first offered to Suvvalakshmi, but she refused and the role went to Devayani.

25) Sillinu Oru Kaadhal

Asin was offered to play Bhoomika Chawla’s role, but she refused and thus Bhoomika played the role.

26) Anniyan

The role of the female lead was initially offered to Aishwarya Rai, but she refused due to scheduling conflicts. Hence the role went to Sadha.

27) Vaaranam Aayiram

Deepika Padukone was first offered to play the role of Priya, was supposed to make her debut with this film, but she backed off and signed Om Shanti Om. Andrea was confirmed but was later dropped off. Asin was interested to play the role, but Surya refused since she also rejected Sillinu Oru Kadhal. Thus, the role went to Divya Spandana. Genelia D’souza was initially offered to play Sameera Reddy’s role, but she later backed off as Gautham Menon refused to play her hefty salary which she demanded. Hence the role went to Sameera Reddy, who made her debut in Tamil films.

28) Vasool Raja MBBS

Sonali Bendre, who played the female lead in the Telugu version was offered to play the role in the Tamil version, but she refused and the role went to Sneha. K.Balachandar was initially offered to play Kamal’s father, but he refused to act and Girish Karnad was finalized, but the role finally went to Nagesh.

29) Thenali

Mohanlal was offered to play Dr.Kailash and Simran was offered to play Janaki but the roles went to Jayaram and Jyothika.

30) Rhythm

Arvind Swamy was offered to play the lead role, but he backed off and the role went to Arjun.

31) Dasaavatharam

Vidya Balan was originally offered to play the female lead, and was going to make her Tamil debut with this film, but she backed off due to date clashes. Several other actresses such as Mumtaj, Kiran Rathod, Meena, Kamalinee Mukherkee, Trisha, Nayanthara, Meera Jasmine, Vasundhara Das etc. were also offered, but they all refused. Shriya Saran was forced to opt out by the producers of her film ‘Sivaji’, a film built as a rival. Then finally the role went to Asin.

32) Vishwaroopam

Initially Sonakshi Sinha was offered to play the role of Kamal’s wife, and was going to make her Tamil debut with this film. She backed off and the role went to Pooja Kumar.

33) Roja

Aishwarya, daughter of Lakshmi was offered to play the female lead, but the role went to Madhoo.

34) Anjali

Mohan was offered the male lead, but he had to opt out due to personal reasons and the role went to Raghuvaran.

35) Bombay

Vikram was offered the male lead, but he backed off as he was willing to grow a beard. Thus, the role went to Arvind Swamy.

36) Avvai Shanmughi

The role of Meena’s father was initially offered to Sivaji Ganesan, but he was ill and hence he couldn’t commit. The role went to Gemini Ganesan. Sri Durga and Sanghavi were considered for the other female role, but the role went to Heera Rajagopal.

37) Thevar Magan

Meena was initially offered to play the role of Panchavarnam, but she refused due to date problems and the role went to Revathi.

38) Iruvar

The role of Tamizhselvan was initially offered to Nana Patekar, but he refused. Actors Mammooty, Kamal Hassan, Sathyaraj and Mithun Chakraborty were also offered but they refused too. Madhavan was asked to come for a screen test but Mani Ratnam left him out as he felt that Madhavan was too young. Thus the role went to Prakash Raj.

39) Thiruda Thiruda

The role of Kadhir was first offered to J.D Chakaravarthy, but he refused and the role went to Anand.

40) Nerukku Ner

Ajith was offered to play the lead role with Vijay, but he refused due to date problems. Prabhu Deva was offered next but he refused too. Director Vasanth decided to play the role, but finally the role went to Surya, who made his debut with this film.

41) Arunachalam

Manisha Koirala and Meena were considered for the role of the female lead, but the role went to Soundarya.

42) Jodi

Aishwarya Rai was offered the female role, but she refused due to busy schedule and the role went to Simran. Aishwarya then agreed to do a guest appearance, but the role went to Isha Koppikkar.

43) Mudhalvan

The role was initially written for Rajnikanth, but he couldn’t commit. Vijay was considered, but he turned it down. Kamal Hassan was also approached but he couldn’t do it as he was doing Hey Ram that time. Thus the role went to Arjun. Meena was offered to play the female role, but she refused as she was doing another film with Arjun that period called ‘Rhythm’. Thus the role went to Manisha Koirala.

44) Gentleman

Sarathkumar was initially offered to play the lead role, but he refused and thus he was replaced by Arjun.

45) Padayappa

Simran and Meena were considered for the role of Neelambari, but the role went to Ramya Krishnan, who won the Best Actress that year. Simran was also offered to play the role of Vasundhara but the role went to Soundarya. Shalini was offered to play Padayappa’s sister, but the role went to Sithara.

46) Kaathala Kaathala

Meena and Simran were offered to play the female role opposite Prabhu Deva, but they both turned it down and the role went to Rambha. Nagma was offered to play the female role opposite Kamal Hassan but she refused as she and Rambha didn’t get along on the sets of Janakiraman. Soundarya volunteered to do the role.

47) Mouna Ragam

The role of Divya was initially offered to Nadhiya, but she couldn’t commit and hence Revathi got the role.

48) Muthal Muriyathai

The female lead was initially offered to Radhika, but she chose to do the film ‘Swati Mutyam’ and the role went to Radha.

49) Moondrum Pirai

The role of Bhagyalakshmi was first offered to Sripriya, but she couldn’t commit, hence the role went to Sridevi.

50) Rajadhi Raja

Revathi and Rubini were supposed to play the female roles, but the roles went to Radha and Nadhiya.

51) Apoorva Sagodharargal

Gandhimathi was supposed to play Manorama’s role, but due to changes in the script she was replaced.

52) Meendum Kokila

Rekha was offered the other lead, and was supposed to make her Tamil debut with this film, but she was pulled ou and the role went to Deepa.

53) Sigappu Rojakal

Sivakumar was offered to play the male lead, but he rejected as he felt the role didn’t suit him. Hence the role went to Kamal Hassan.

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