Friday Flashback: The mystery behind Kareena Kapoor’s exit from the Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’

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The 90s marked the launch of many star kids in the Hindi film industry. These youngsters added the much needed freshness to our films, which was eventually highly dominated by the young Khans. Film lovers were highly excited to see children of their favourite actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Randhir Kapoor and Rakesh Roshan.

Rakesh Roshan, as an actor had a short career span but went on to become a big producer director with the help of super hit films like Khudgarz, Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishen Kanhaiya and Karan Arjun. Karan Arjun went on to become one of his biggest hits, which ran successfully for more than 75 weeks, due to which his next film Koyla failed to match up to the expectation. It was at that time Rakesh decided to launch his son Hrithik Roshan in a grand love story. Rakesh was all set to work on Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai with his son while speculations were rife that Kareena Kapoor would debut as the female lead.

Film buffs wanted to see the granddaughter of Raj Kapoor, daughter of Randhir Kapoor & Babita and sister of superstar Karisma Kapoor on the silver screen. Thus, Rakesh decided to approach Babita, who had been keen on launching her younger daughter. Babita instantly agreed as she thought this movie would be an ideal launch vehicle for her daughter. Rakesh too, was happy as ‘K’ was a lucky letter for him.

After a quiet mahurat, Rakesh began shooting the first schedule at Convent Villa, Versova in Mumbai. Kareena’s first day of shoot was for a song and she was accompanied by her elder sister Karisma and mother Babita for moral support. The choreographer started the day with simple steps as it was the first time Kareena was facing the camera. After rehearsals, Rakesh managed to shoot some of Kareena’s moves before the day ended. The next day, Rakesh received a call from Babita suggesting that it would be great if they shot the scenes first and then the song as Kareena is more comfortable with acting than dancing at this stage. Rakesh was in a shock as the entire set was erected and cancelling the song’s shoot could lead to a huge loss. He assured Babita that Kareena was good and she shall continue with the song shoot. Babita was adamant and kept insisting that they shoot the scenes first. After a heated argument, Babita ended the call by saying that they would prefer to opt out of the film. Rakesh failed to believe what he heard and kept approaching Babita with the help of his best friend Randhir Kapoor, but all his efforts went in vain. The shooting of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai stood still as there was no heroine for this film.

This news spread like wild fire in newspapers and film magazines. Babita and Karisma refused to comment on it. Though there were unofficial comments and stories from Babita stating that Rakesh Roshan was unprofessional, it was Rakesh who finally opened up to film magazines. Rakesh confirmed that Kareena was no more a part of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and it was he who decided to drop her and not the other way round. He failed to give the exact reason for this fall out as Kareena was the daughter of his best friend, Randhir Kapoor. He blamed Babita for the interference in her daughter’s career by saying that she is harming her more than helping her. He had said, "Kareena is a newcomer and should be treated like one, she cannot call the shots just because she’s Karisma’s sister. Babita should have spoken to me like a newcomer’s mother and shouldn’t have demanded more than she owed." Rakesh also stated that he would have agreed to Babita’s terms if Karisma would have been the heroine. He also shared that he had to suffer a huge loss due to Babita’s unprofessional behavior. Despite all this, he contacted Randhir Kapoor and told him to re-think this issue. Eventually, he gave up and signed a newcomer Ameesha Patel for his movie.

Babita however stood by her word that Bebo quit due to script reasons. In midst of these interviews and comments, came a news that Babita had taken this drastic step in expectation of a more lucrative offer, which in this case was J.P Dutta’s Aakhri Mughal. As per the media grapevine, J.P Dutta wanted to launch Kareena in his ambitious project starring Dilip Kumar, Sridevi and Abhishek Bachchan. Babita found Aakhri Mughal a more viable project as it was a grand film and was being directed by J.P Dutta who was riding high after the super success of Border. The media report turned out to be true as within a short span of time, J.P Dutta announced Aakhri Mughal starring Kareena Kapoor as one of the lead actors.  However,  Aakhri Mughal was shelved and J.P Dutta decided to go ahead with another film Refugee. The millennium era began with the release of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, which turned out to be a blockbuster hit, while Refugee failed to match up to the expectation level.

Fun Facts –

Karisma Kapoor also had issues with her debut film. She was going to be launched by Dharmendra opposite his son Bobby Deol for a film Jaan, which was to be directed by Shekhar Kapoor. The movie took time in its inception stage due to which Karisma opted out and signed D.Rama Naidu’s Prem Qaidi.

Hrithik’s debut film was a blockbuster while Kareena got her share of success with Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai. Hrithik and Kareena were later signed by big banners like Mukta Arts, Dharma Productions, Yash Raj Films and Rajshri. None of these films (Yaadein, Mujhse Dosti Karoge and Main Prem ki Diwani Hoon) worked except for Dharma’s mega starrer film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

Hrithik and Kareena were approached after a decade for Dharma Productions Shuddhi, which eventually got shelved. 

Comments

Good thing Kareena wasn't in it! Because Amisha and Hrithik had the best chemistry ever!

Lol, like Kareena was waiting all these years for Hritick to get divorce. Maybe you haven't noticed that she was already blissfully married to a real man. It's definitely not embarrassing that THEY were in love but it is embarrassing that Hritick cannot stand up to his father and paid the price with an unhappy marriage, affairs and other ways to escape. .....sad really. Hritick lied to give the impression that he was happily married to his true love but his heart had already waned from Susanne to Kareena but he was stuck and the rest is history. He got the wrong end of the stick though.

Omg.. A typical stupid comment by Kareena's fan
Honestly Kareena didn't wait because she knew even after divorce Hrithik won't shpw interest in him just like he opted out of Shuddhi as doon as Kareena said yes. The whole affair was in Kareena's mind and Kareena's fam's mind. Onlookers and Hrithik's friends everyone knew that it was kareena who was head over heels for hrithik while he ran away from her. Papa Roshan and Son Roshan didn't need to fear Suzanne's family as they were equally powerful. So plz accept the truth and stop making these stupod stories. Also Kareena might come from a broken family but even Kapoors are enough powerful to face Khans just like Roshans. So stop spreading these false stories to hide the obvious truth. And get it. Noone takes 14 years to get out of unwanted marraige and have two kids also.

PV plz plz post.

Babita is a very interfering woman. From where I heard long time ago, she also interfered with Karisma's wedding with Abeshiek Bachahan. She is the reason the engagement broke because Babita thought Abeshiek was not making enough and his films were flopping & her daughter was a top heroine and she did not find that a match for her Super star daughter. If she kept her fat mouth shut, her daughter would have been still married to Abesheik. What a miserable woman. Looks like these daughters did not have a mind of their own at the time. Not that they were very very young. They were matured women. Obviously the mother was wearing the pants. Sad!

"Kaho naa pyaar hai had a dumb role for the female lead so I am glad that kareena didn't do it"

Like seriously Kareena Kapoor did all the dumb roles for the first 7 years of her career ( when even rani and priety were doing better) until she got Jab We Met. Her only hit movie. Now that age has started to show on Kareena's face, directors are hesitant to give her dumb roles but a little underplayed. Atleast Amisha was cute! Also, kareena's fans do not start on her those critical movies. First, no one remembers those movies. Second her acting in those movies was bad. We all know Filmfare awards can be bought. Her 16 years in film industry are just a case of pure Nepotism and her desperation.

PV Post plz. U let Kapoor fans disgust Ameesha and KNPH by saying that she did a dumb role which was a cute role. But you are not letting us post our defense. Please be biased.

Somebody on here said that Kareena Kapoor was numero uno even before JWM. Yea after giving flops after flops. In your dreams lol.

Even an owl knows that kareena kapoor is only here for Nepotism, her stupid statements and dirty PR games. If that's the case, even rakhi sawant can claim all this.

PV plz post.

God babita was such a controlling freak now I know why karishma's engagement was broken with abhi thank God kareena found the right guy before babita interfered her personal life like the way she did to karishma and got her married to a womanizer.

LOL at that one Kareena hater having a seizure in the comments section. We all know you keep on liking your own hate comments and disliking the other positive ones, not to forget posting multiple times. #weseeyou

Kapoor sisters are garbage when it comes to being professional actors. Just like babita. This sense of entitlement is not good for actors. Respect the profession and it will return the favour. Living off the kapoor name is shameful. Make your own mark apart from kapoor family.

Priyanka, Deepika, Bipasha are GARBAGE when it comes to being professional actors. They should learn from the talented and natural Kapoor sisters. Respect the profession. Living off plastic, bleached bodies and 24/7 PR stunts is shameful. Make your mark on how you actually look and your real personality, not the fake one you put on every time you see a camera. PV I'm sure you'll have no problems posting this comment as you did NOT have a problem posting the same kind on the Kapoor sisters. You need to also allow fans of Kapoors, Kaif, Bhatt to make the same kind of comments that you unleash on them.

kareena is the bigger star today out of her and hirithik that should be an apt summation of everything you lot are saying!!! I bet duggu is regretting not doing movies with kareena im sure kareena is not the one losing sleep about missing out on shuddi or knph !!well I'm glad kareena did not associate with hrithik afterwards i mean the whole scandal with kangana leaves a weird flavour in everyones mouth plus his cheating ways on suzanne!! who is to say he would have been faithful with bebo..even industry walas do not want to support hirithiks mohenjo dharo wheras kareena mashallah is on a high professionally and personally

And still she was all over him... got into relation with shahid just to show the world that her BF is also good dancer. It all happens behind that surname. she is always spoon fed just like alia. PV post this comment, my last comment was ignored.

Whatever happens, happens for the best! Kareena was excellent in Refugee, even though the film was not a big hit! Kareena convinced the audiences in her very first film that she is good actress. This would not have happened if she did KNPH instead bcoz there was not much scope of acting for the lead heroine in KNPH. Its more important to deliver a genuine performance than just having a hit film tag. This is evident because Amisha whose 1st 3 films (KNPH, Gadar, Humraaz) were blockbusters and now she is nowhere today & Kareena is still relevant and will continue to get good offers even after her baby!

Nobody DECIDES to have an affair. It's not so cold and antiseptic. People fall in love and in their minds, they're having a love relationship. Also, just because a person's in a relationship, does not mean they cannot fall out of love and fall in love with someone else. That was the case with Hritick and Kareena. His father would not let him go back on his word to Susanne so he had to go ahead and marry her and poor Hritick was too young to stand up to Papa Roshan who always pulls his strings. Everybody got their fitting consequences. Hritick divorced from a forced love marriage, Kareena got a successful career before marriage and time to find an appropriate partner for herself.

Omg..I can't believe your comment. I think everyone knows a proper bought up girl would think twice about getting in relationship with a much commiteed person. Also, why it took Hrithik then 14 years to take divorce from suzanne. His love for suzanne always showed up in his eyes while he always stared blankly at Kareena. Hrithik admiteed on Rendezvous With Simi Garewal that he would give all the details if any co star flirting with him to Suzanne prior their marraige and they would have good laugh. Hrithik was so smitten by Suzanne . He woukd write her love poems. Go watch their wedding video. In a forced marraige, Hrithik wouldn't have looked like that. And now that Hrithik has taken divorce why he is not marrying your Kareena? The truth is, you guys are embarassed that Kareena had crush on Hrithik and Hrithik used to run away from Kareena. This is how it was reported. Also, Plz Hrithik's family was as rich as Suzannes's family and they were both powerful. So plz.

PV plz post this comment.

Lol, like Kareena was waiting all these years for Hritick to get divorce. Maybe you haven't noticed that she was already blissfully married to a real man. It's definitely not embarrassing that THEY were in love but it is embarrassing that Hritick cannot stand up to his father and paid the price with an unhappy marriage, affairs and other ways to escape. .....sad really. Hritick lied to give the impression that he was happily married to his true love but his heart had already waned from Susanne to Kareena but he was stuck and the rest is history. He got the wrong end of the stick though.

I don't belive Hrithik was in love with that manlish looking kareena. I think kareena spreads this news because she is still embarrased of the fact that that she had crush on Hrithik while Hrithik always ran away from her because he was deeply in love with suzanne. Kareena is so selfish. She can go to any extent.

PV post!

Lol at that person who thinks Karishma Kapoor's name has gone in history maybe in the list of dumb actresses and so will Kareena Kapoor's. Wait they are not even that important.

You got me with your desperation when you decided to put kareena and karishma name amongst Hema Malini, Sridevi and Rekha.

Plz dude get some life.

PV Post.

Kaho naa pyaar hai had a dumb role for the female lead so I am glad that kareena didn't do it

Like seriously Kareena Kapoor did all the dumb roles for the first 7 years of her career ( when even rani and priety were doing better) until she got Jab We Met. Her only hit movie. Now that age has started to show on Kareena's face, directors are hesitant to give her dumb roles but a little underplayed. Atleast Amisha was cute! Also, kareena's fans do not start on her those critical movies. First, no one remembers those movies. Second her acting in those movies was bad. We all know Filmfare awards can be bought. Her 16 years in film industry are just a case of pure Nepotism and her desperation.

PV Post.

I think it worked out for everyone. Kareena was chubby and not good dancer that time. Refugee role suited her better. Amisha was more suited for KNPH

Names like Amisha Patel, Priety Zinta and Aishwarya Rai are still enough to send shivers down the spine of Kareena Kapoor. Which is why Karan Johar keeps pulling Kareena Kapoor's leg and cousin Ranbir Kapoor also pulled leg of Kareena Kapoor on
the fourth season of Koffee with Karan by reminding her names of her past contemporaries.

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Kareena's PR is on fire today on Pinkvilla.

PV post. You are not posting my comments.

REAL REASON....THEY WERE IN LOVE. Rakesh wanted Hritick to marry the rich Susanne and Babita wanted Kareena to build an acting career first.

Plz stop making stories. Hrithik had childhood crush on Suzanne even Hrithik's friend used to tease Hrithik singing that song Suzanne. Their love story started by flirting with other through each other cars from front mirror. Hrithik proposed suzanne while she was dining with her friends and he was on other table. They were in serious and steady relationship.

It just shows how desperate Kareena fans are. If kareena decided to have affair with the very much comitteed Hrithik then that just goes on to show that she is home wreker. PV Post.

Nobody DECIDES to have an affair. It's not so cold and antiseptic. People fall in love and in their minds, they're having a love relationship. Also, just because a person's in a relationship, does not mean they cannot fall out of love and fall in love with someone else. That was the case with Hritick and Kareena. His father would not let him go back on his word to Susanne so he had to go ahead and marry her and poor Hritick was too young to stand up to Papa Roshan who always pulls his strings. Everybody got their fitting consequences. Hritick divorced from a forced love marriage, Kareena got a successful career before marriage and time to find an appropriate partner for herself.

I'm sure Kareena doesn't regret not doing KNPH......I'm glad as well, Refugee was a better film and a better role. Honestly, I feel Refugee was a classis love story.
And why does most people think that Kareena got success in 2007 with JWM. You guys are forgetting, she was always an A-lister and a very much successful actress. she was always charging more money than Rani & Preity and if a there has to be a year that was a turning point in her career then it was 2006, when she gave a staler performance in Omkara and gained so much success with super hit number yeh mera dil......so IMO she was already a Big Big star even before JWM. JWM just made her numero Uno.

Pinkvilla why you are not posting my comments. You never post comments against Kareena or Pinkvilla, are they synonymous.

Prive the authenticity and originality of this site Pinkvilla by posting every kind of comment.

I dare you to post this comment!

You shall hate, and your hatred shall kill you! OLOSHI somebody!

This babita lady ruined karishmas life by breaking her engagement to Abhishek and getting her married to Sanjay kapur as he is more rich .

Kareena Kapoor khan's PR is always on fire on Pinkvilla.

PV, you never post kareena bashing comments. Whenever I come to check again, there are no comments. Plz post them.

Why is Kareena Kapoor Khan's PR is always on fire on Pinkvilla? Deepika's PR is just over enthusistic but Kareena should fear that if not in this life but definitely in some other life, she will have to face the consequences of her karma.

PV plz post.

Omg Kareena Kapoor is always present on Pinkvilla. The weird comments always prove that.

On the contrary Amisha is far more prettier than Kareena. Kareena has manlish face, is still a flop, looks even more weird after plastic surgeries and is present only because of nepotism. It is obvious why kareea was jealous of pretty faces like priety, amisha and others. Rumours were also rife that she also played dirty politics against newcomer industry outsiders since they were easy target. Like once Kareena made sure Amisha was thrown out of a world tour and she was taken in as the organizer was long time friend. But she said it was due to her star appeal. We all know how she had ruined movies like MPKDH, Khushi etc with her sheer over avting.

PV plz plz post.

REAL REASON....THEY WERE IN LOVE. Rakesh wanted Hritick to marry the rich Susanne and Babita wanted Kareena to build an acting career first.

I couldn't understand that hype around KNPH. That was an average movie, I'd say even boring, Hritik was the only saving grace of the movie, his look, his dance and his dreamy eyes made me to go woooow but then with every his new movie my excitement started to disappear till MPKDH killed it completely

Kareena was born a star, who would believe she was once competing with Ameesha Patel? Ameesha was pretty and got a dream debut, but if she had it in her things would have turned out different. Despite the flops and constant opportunities, Kareena reached her peak seven years after her debut with Jab We Met. By that time, Ameesha was reduced to doing special appearances. Kareena backing out of KNPH had as much impact on her career as it had for Ameesha doing that film, which is nothing looking at how their careers shaped up. Today Kareena would laugh out loud if she remembered she once remotely envied Ameesha a little.

love you Bebo and I love Hrithik..hope to see them together soon

Lots of money involved here to cancel shooting (unless it's an emergency) , Babita being an actress herself who married into a Bollywood dynasty should understand that . In life every thing does not go our way , sometimes there must be compromise -for small things. She should have gently made the young Kareena understand that it's professional behaviour. I know Kareena's career did well for itself anyway , but a debut hit would have been fabulous .I do think Kareena's interpretation would have been better than Ameesha's.

GLAD kareena didnt do knph..... knph was written by daddy dear for son dear ONLY. none of rakesh roshan's movies have any good roles for women ( look at what the so talented peecee was reduced to in krrish series).
Refugee may not have done well, but it was a good film with substance.

besides, imagine if kareena did khnp, and her career went the way ameesha's did?

none of rakesh roshan's movies have any good roles for women -----------> except khoon bhari mang which is Rakesh Roshan's best work IMO (though it was copied from Return to Eden but I liked his version better than the original)

No you are wrong. Rakesh Roshan had made Khel where Madhuri had a role as important as Anil in Khel. Infact she fared much better than him.

Hey you are forgetting Rakhi's role in Karan Arjun, that's one bad ass mom. lol

He gives imp roles to woman only when his son is not part of movie. But if Hritik is there, then only Hritik should matter. Who remembers priety zinta in koi mil gaya..!!

I remember Kangana in Krrish 3.

I remember Rekha in Koi Mil Gaya! What's your point?

Kaho naa pyaar hai had a dumb role for the female lead so I am glad that kareena didn't do it

Ameesha was the first choice for Aakhri Mughal, but dropped out and did KNPH instead.

Kareena has come and gone, no one will know her in the future.

Kareena already was a star when she came in cos she was karishmas sister who was at that time the no 1 heroine I remember when refugee came out . It was all about Kareena . Either way it worked for best . 16years later Kareena and hritik still here and AB N AP have little to no career

OMG,they looked soo good together,they have Always had something for each orther,it's sad that they did not end together.

OMG,they looked soo good together,they have Always had something for each orther,it's sad that they did not end together.

I'm all for parents advising kids w/ career decisions, but to want to control their choices like this is too extreme. Gotta let your kids make their own decisions. Sure they'll make mistakes, but that's life right?

Rakesh Roshan is regreting now why he refused his son to marry his true love bebo, hrithik and kareena fell in love on the set of this movie, but their families decided to part them ways for that druggy sussanne, sad. I feel bad for hrithik.

Kareena kapoor would have been much bigger than she already is if she had been in kaho na pyar hai, she could have reached Hollywood way to early than priyanka chopra, and could have been way more successful than her as she is that talented

Well she was anyways the numero uno of her generation and a SUPERSTAR. She is a living legend and her name will go down in history for the coming generations, just like her own sister Karisma Kapoor, or others like Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Hema Malini, etc.

Kareena's a big star alright, but she's NOT in the league of Madhuri and Sridevi or even in the league of Rani (FAR superior actress) and Aishwarya (who's a bigger star and an international beauty icon). Even Priyanka Chopra (of her own generation) has left her behind now. I recall from many of Kareena's interviews how she would keep clubbing herself with Madhuri and Sridevi (even back on the early seasons of Koffee with Karan). This sounds a classic Kareena PR line. Sorry; but it's just not true.

Babita interfered in both her daughters' professional and personal lives. Now that Kareena is married, she is making much better choices than when she first started out

Parents shouldn't interfere like this.

Because she wants to launch with bachhan family

the reason is that they were in love and their respective parents didn't want them to be togetther; rakesh wanted his son to marry the very rich suzanne and babita wanted her daughter to focus on her career at that very early stage.

very true

Hahaha I love this

Can't stand that Rakesh at all

His direction skills are mediocre at best. It's his ability to pull in a great cast, that makes a 'few' of his films classics.

She looks like alia in the first pic

She looks like alia in the first pic

Lol I just kareena

Oh no, not this again... I can see it now... Look, anything's possible but not everything is probable, Kareena Kapoor playing second best of any woman in a man's personal life is too ridiculous to comprehend. She would never, EVER be any man's 'side girl.' She said it, he said it, and the former Mrs. Roshan said it. Good for her. The movie was a great debut but it doesn't stand up to time.

Just like your idol was of so many people :)

Mr. Roshan is my favorite Indian Actor. I love many Indian actors. My favorite Korean actor is Uhm Tae Woong, my favorite American actor is Paul Newman. My Favorite Scottish actor is Ewan McGregor, and my favorite British Actor is Colin Firth. I have no idols only favorites. That doesn't mean they're exclusive to my enjoyment of a film!

always respected you, your intelligence and politeness. Now even more, knowing that you also love Ewan McGregor and Colin Fart

Thank you! You made my day, but in all fairness I should have mentioned Mr. McGregor is tied with Mr. Sean Connery.

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