Hollywood and Bollywood industry have a closer connection than you think they have. Hollywood movies release across every country in the world so one may expect them to have a bigger fan base, but that's not true when it comes to Bollywood.
Bollywood movies may not release in as many countries as Hollywood movies do, but every person across the world knows about our industry even the Hollywood celebrities themselves.
Hindi actors have acted in a number of their movies playing prominent roles. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in fact had the leading role in the Pink Panthers movie series.
So be it Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi, Mallika Sherawat or many other stars who have acted in Hollywood movies, they have always had a prominent role. With growing popularity of our industry, Oscar nominated directors offered lucrative movie roles to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and even Hrithik Roshan but all of these stars rejected it and opted to shoot for the desi films instead.
Deepika Padukone had in fact got the opportunity to star in the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious movie but she opted out seeking to do films like Ram Leela, Chennai Express and Happy New Year, each different from the other and all these films she was a part of minted over Rs 100 crores at the Box Office.
You may not be aware of all the lucrative Hollywood movie roles that our desi stars were offered. So check out the slide below and know which star rejected which Hollywood movie role...
Fast And Furious director Rob Cohen is apparently a big fan of Hrithik Roshan, owing to which he offered him a number of roles through which he could make his Hollywood debut but Hrithik's father, Rakesh did share the same idea saying that his son will not be signing any international projects anytime soon.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is already a famous icon! Irrespective for her Hollywood movie roles, she is known across the world but one major shocking role that she rejected was the role of Briseis in Troy that was offered to her by multiple Oscar nominated director Wolfgang Petersen. The light eyed actress could have easily romanced Brad Pitt but apparently the romancing part was what Aishwarya was against as she felt it was not her cup of tea. Lucky Abhi I guess!
Though Priyanka Chopra is working very hard to establish a career in Hollywood, wonder why she rejected a Hollywood role that landed right in her laps. She was offered a role in Tarsem Singh's Immortals opposite Henry Cavill but the dusky beauty rejected it and opted to do Bollywood movie Saath Khoon Maaf instead.
Deepika Padukone has made the whole nation fall in love with her but when a lucrative job of a Hollywood movie role which could have made the whole world love her, Dimpy said, No thank you!
She was offered a role in the seventh installment of Fast & Furious series but she rejected it and chose to do Ram Leela, Chennai Express and Happy New Year instead.
Askhay himself revealed about his Hollywood roles, "I am happy and satisfied with the Bollywood offers. Here, I have a huge fan group to entertain and I am not going to fit in to Hollywood so I keep refusing to do projects there."
Ronit Roy, the actor who is famous on TV as wells as film industry revealed about his tryst with Hollywood movie roles, "I was offered a very interesting role in Zero Dark Thirty. But unfortunately, I couldn't do it due to date problems. I did see the film and I do regret not being part of the film."