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Movies Rejected By Sandalwood Stars

Written by: Santhosh Kumar

Hundreds of directors/writers narrate scripts to the star heroes, but only a few of these are picked up by them. The other scripts don't materialise at all, or the respective directors might go forward with another hero.

Here we have listed four such films which were written keeping our star heroes in mind or films wherein, the director felt that particular hero would suit in the bill perfectly.


This Pawan Kumar directorial, which was widely appreciated by audience worldwide was initially offered to Kichcha Sudeep. But Pawan could not meet Sudeep, because of latter's busy schedule which made Pawan to start the movie with a newcomer Sathish.


Mungaru Male

Yogaraj Bhat had visualized Power Star Puneeth in the iconic character of Preetham. Yogaraj tried meeting Appu to narrate the script but he did not get a chance to do so, may be because his previous film Ranga SSLC, was not a hit.

Mungaru Male


Suri had plans of doing this movie with Challenging Star Darshan and producer Ramu, but this didn't take off for the reasons better known to Suri. Later when this was made, Rajesh played the role written for Darshan with a number of changes made to the script.



Rakshit Shetty was initially approached for this project. Even though he loved the subject, he could not be part of this because he was busy with other commitments. This made Anup rope in his brother Nirup, who was appreciated for his subtle performance.


Not only Kannada films, there are a few other language films as well, which our stars could not be a part of.

Bhajrangi Bhaijaan

As producer Rockline Venkatesh revealed in a press meet, initially Puneeth was approached to play Salman Khan's role. Appu could not take up the project for unknown reasons.


The film was announced with Kichcha Sudeep playing the title role. Later on, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, was roped in to play the lead role. As per the sources, Sudeep was not impressed with the script.

Apart from these movies, there are a number of films which our heroes did not want to be a part of. Some films did not make much noise at the box-office, which validated that the actors' decisions were right.

Who knows what would have been the result of Mungaru Male, if Appu had played the lead role or if Lucia would have been as successful as it was, if Kichcha Sudeep had played the lead role. We leave you to ponder...

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