Not Shah Rukh Khan but Tom Cruise was first choice for DDJL

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Release 28 years ago, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) is one of Hindi cinema's most iconic films.

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge cast

The film's cast included Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in key parts which elevated Shah Rukh to the stature of a romantic superstar.

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First choice for DDLJ

However, it was revealed that SRK was not director Aditya Chopra's first choice to portray the lead part.

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Tom Cruise in DDJL?

The producers wanted Tom Cruise to play the lead role as the concept of DDLJ had a different story. It was that a foreigner comes to Punjab and falls in love with a Punjabi girl.

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Rejected by Yash Chopra

However, famed filmmaker and Chopra's father, Yash Chopra, rejected the idea of featuring an international celebrity in the film.

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Tom Cruise demanded high fee

It is also believed that Tom Cruise reportedly demanded a large sum of money to be a part of the film, which the production studio could not afford.

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