Did you know Preity Zinta replaced Kareena Kapoor Khan in this Karan Johar directorial?
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Preity Zinta are well known actresses of the Bollywood industry but did you know that Preity Zinta replaced Kareena Kapoor Khan in this Shahrukh Khan-starrer film? Saif Ali Khan also played a key-role in the film.
Well, it’s Kal Ho Naa Ho. Yes, the film was first offered to Kareena Kapoor Khan for the role of Naina but because Kareena asked for the same amount as her co-star Shahrukh Khan.
The two actresses have never worked together in any film but have done cameos in films like Om Shanti Om and Happy Ending.
Karan Johar has spoken about this incident in his book titled ‘An Unsuitable Boy.’ He wrote, “My first problem was with Kareena. She asked for too much money and we had some kind of a fallout at that time. Mujhse Dosti Karoge! had just released, directed by Kunal Kohli. She said, ‘Aditya Chopra’s assistant Kunal Kohli has made this flop, so Karan Johar’s assistant, Nikhil Advani is not to be trusted either’. The weekend of Mujhse Dosti Karoge’s release, I offered her Kal Ho Naa Ho, and she asked for the same money that Shah Rukh Khan was getting. I said, ‘Sorry’. I was very hurt. I told my father, ‘Leave that negotiation room’ and I called her. She didn’t take my call, and I said, ‘We’re not taking her.’ And we signed Preity Zinta instead. Kareena and I didn’t speak to each other for almost a year. For a year, we looked through each other at parties. It was very idiotic. She was a kid; she’s a decade younger than me.”
Now, everything between them is fine and Kareena has also bagged a role in ‘Takkht.’