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While almost an entire industry awaits his casting call, there are plenty of names who have said no to Karan Johar. And guess what? KJo is totally cool with rejections. He believes in taking a 'no' in his stride. For him, personal is not professional and vice-versa.
KJo feels that an actor should never succumb to external pressures, and do a film as it can affect his or her performance adversely. "I’ve approached many actors a couple of times who have refused, but I would still go back to them if I feel the need. I never take it personally because it’s professional," KJo told DNA.
He says that an actor is a creative entity, and the moment he/she feels stifled, they wouldn't be able to perform.
"I think most lead actors in the country have said no to me at some point in time, but eventually, I’ve worked with all of them. When they refused a role, they just didn’t connect to the material at that point," said KJo, who had first offered the character of Tina from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It was only after Ash rejected the film that Rani Mukerji came on board and, of course, did complete justice to her role.
Taking the instance of Kapoor & Sons, Johar said, "Sure Saif Ali Khan would have been good for Fawad Khan’s role in Kapoor & Sons (Saif rejected the offer), but the latter brought something different to the table and impressed us."
Talking about the fact that such rejections are common in the industry, he also mentioned Akshay Kumar, who turned down Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, after which Farhan Akhtar was taken on board for the film. And it did wonders.