When Sridevi said no to Steven Spiel­berg

Fiji Sun - - Showbiz -

Mum­bai: Sridevi was called the fe­male Amitabh Bachchan of Bol­ly­wood, and not for noth­ing. She was not only the most in-de­mand ac­tress of her time, she also fa­mously made her male co-stars in­se­cure. The ac­tress who made her Bol­ly­wood de­but with Him­mat­wala op­po­site Jee­tendra, went on to rule Bol­ly­wood for years to come.

In fact, Steven Spiel­berg, who was mak­ing Juras­sic Park in 1993, wanted to cast the ac­tress in a small role in the film. She was at the peak of her ca­reer and felt the role didn’t meet her stature. Sridevi re­fused Spiel­berg and we had to wait all the way till Aish­warya Rai Bachchan for a Bol­ly­wood hero­ine to make her mark in Hol­ly­wood.

Jurass­sic Park went on to be­come a cult film, with its re­boot launched in 2015. How we wish Sridevi would have cho­sen dif­fer­ently. How­ever, Juras­sic Park was just one in the long list of film Sridevi re­fused. She also said no to Darr op­po­site Shah Rukh Khan a few years later. She had told me­dia then, “Af­ter Chandni and Lamhe, I feel Darr would have been an or­di­nary char­ac­ter for me. If I’m play­ing Shah Rukh Khan’s role, then of course, I would have loved to do it. The char­ac­ter Juhi played was new for her and so it was good for her. But for me, it was some­thing I had done many times be­fore.”


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