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While Baadshah did not perform exceedingly well at the box office when it released, Shah Rukh Khan and Twinkle Khanna’s chemistry along with the former’s comic timing made it a cult classic over time. It was after this iconic action comedy that SRK got the much-deserved tag of Hindi cinema’s Baadshah. Well, we can’t imagine anyone else as Baadshah and Seema today, but did you know Shah Rukh and Twinkle were not the first choice for these characters? As the film completes 23 years, let’s look back at the actors who were almost cast in Baadshah.

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Karisma Kapoor
Karisma aka Lolo, who ruled hearts in the late 90s, was offered the role of Seema
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The first choice for the female lead was Kajol, who shares amazing chemistry with SRK, but sadly her dates did not work out for the project
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Akshay Kumar
Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar, who tied the knot with Twinkle a few years after this film released, was offered the role of Baadshah first. But he had to decline because of date issues
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Shilpa Shetty
In 1995, four years before the film released, Shilpa was signed as the female lead. However, she decided to opt out when it kept getting delayed
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Manisha Koirala
A year later in 1996, actress Manisha Koirala was all set to sign the film. But she had to pass the opportunity as her dates for Govinda’s Maharaja were clashing
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Sushmita Sen
The first choice for Amrish Puri’s henchwoman Rani was actually Sushmita Sen. But the role was later bagged by actress Deepshikha

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