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Updated January 6th, 2024 at 22:13 IST

The Martian to Body of Lies: Times when Irrfan Khan rejected superhit Hollywood movies

From The Martian to Body of Lies, here are times when Irrfan Khan rejected some popular Hollywood movies and chose Bollywood films over them.

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Fans of late Irrfan Khan are remembering the actor on his 57th birth anniversary. The actor who passed away on April 29, 2020, showcased his extraordinary talent through a diverse range of films throughout his career and underscored the depth of his skills. Interestingly, his acclaim wasn't confined to India and he stood out as one of the finest actors, leaving an indelible mark even in Hollywood.

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Hollywood movies rejected by Irrfan Khan

While movies like Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and Inferno highlighted his impressive Hollywood stint, it's very interesting to know that he also turned down several offers from the West.

When Irrfan turned down to work with Steven Spielberg

Several reports suggested that Irrfan received an offer to join Steven Spielberg's one of the movies alongside Scarlett Johansson. In a conversation with a news portal, the actor explained that he declined the role because he believed the character offered didn't provide sufficient room for his artistic expression.

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When Irrfan chose Piku over The Martian

Irrfan Khan faced another instance where he had to decline an opportunity to collaborate with Ridley Scott. The offer for The Martian came his way, promising a chance to work alongside Matt Damon. However, due to prior commitments to Deepika Padukone’s Piku, Irrfan regretfully had to let go of the lengthy and pivotal role in Ridley Scott's project.

Interstellar also bounced out of Irrfan Khan’s kitty

Irrfan Khan also declined Christopher Nolan's Interstellar due to the extensive commitment of a four-month stay in the US. Despite attempting to shuttle between India and the US, logistical challenges led to one of the most difficult decisions of his career.

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Irrfan Khan missed Body of Lies too

Irrfan Khan also declined an opportunity to collaborate with Leonardo DiCaprio, turning down Ridley Scott's offer for a role in Body of Lies. Despite the prospect of sharing the screen with Hollywood luminaries like DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, Irrfan explained that it didn't align with his plans.

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Published January 6th, 2024 at 22:13 IST

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