Among the many films refused by Shah Rukh Khan was also the untitled film that Loveyatri director Abhiraj Minwala had planned to do with Aayush Sharma as his second film. The filmmaker had gone to Shah Rukh with the script, asking him to play the cop in it while Aayush was to play the role of a gangster.
"But it is not just SRK who had said no to it. The role that Aayush has is a very powerful one and any big star would have been intimidated to play second fiddle to the relatively new actor. Salman has stepped into the film to give it a bigger feel and is hence playing the role in an effort to give his brother-in-law’s career an impetus. Aayush is also working in Kwatha, which has Isabelle Kaif opposite him in the lead," says our source.
Incidentally, Shah Rukh had also refused the film Ek Tha Tiger by Kabir Khan, which went to Salman Khan and became a staggering hit. It remains to be seen whether or not Salman is lucky again.
Interestingly, films that Salman rejected and which went to Shah Rukh, including Chak De India and Baazigar, went on to do well at the box office.