From Sultan to Shuddhi, five instances Deepika and Salman could have worked together

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Published by Amrit Santlani on 28 Aug 2019

One pairing that is still evading Bollywood is that of Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone. People have been wanting to see them together for a long time but it’s not happening. While Deepika has said that she’s forever grateful to Salman as he offered her a film when she was a newbie but too young to face the camera.

Salman Khan told DNA, “No one has come forward to cast me with her. Deepika is a big star, so it has to be worth her while to do a film with me. Right now, there is nothing.

In Bharat, Katrina Kaif is my heroine. She will also be my leading lady in the third part of the Tiger series. In Dabangg 3, there’s Sonakshi Sinha. In Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick 2, I’m paired with Jacqueline Fernandez. So, if something comes up with Deepika, then perhaps…”

Here are the five projects where Deepika and Salman could have come together but eventually didn’t:

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)

Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone were supposed to work together in Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. However, the role was finally essayed by Sonam Kapoor. It is one of Khan’s biggest hits.

Sultan (2016)

Deepika Padukone was a frontrunner for the role of an athlete in Sultan. The makers apparently wanted Deepika as she hails from a sporting family and was an A-List actress. However, she turned down the role and many said that it was a bad move. Anushka Sharma finally stepped in and the rest is history.

Jai Ho (2014)

The film made more than Rs 100 crores at the box office but is considered as one of Salman Khan’s more underwhelming projects in last five years. Deepika Padukone was offered the project but she turned it down.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Hailed as the best film of Salman Khan’s career, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was also reportedly offered to Deepika Padukone. But it did not materialise and Kareena Kapoor Khan went on to bag the role.

Kick (2014)

It seems the item song featuring Nargis Fakhri was initially offered to Dippy but she turned it down as she felt it would clash with her song Lovely in Happy New Year.


The Film was initially supposed to star Salman Khan as the leading man. Deepika was considered as leading lady. Later, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s names came up.


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