Subhash Ghai deliberately showed Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan the way out of the country, the reason given after years
Subhash Ghai, the second showman of the Bollywood film industry, made a film named Pardes in the year 1997. Amrish Puri and Apoorva Agnihotri were seen in important roles along with Shah Rukh Khan in this film. Actress Mahima Chaudhary made her Bollywood debut with the film Pardes, who played the role of Ganga. Mahima Chaudhary got star status from this film and she became a big heroine overnight. Pardes, who made Mahima Chaudhary a superstar, was the first to do Madhuri Dixit.
Yes, we are not kidding. It is often seen that a big star says no to a film, after which the luck of the new artist shines. This did not happen in the case of Pardes. Madhuri Dixit loved the story of Pardes and wanted to work in it too but director Subhash Ghai felt that she should cast a new heroine for the role of Ganga.
Years later, during an interview, Subhash Ghai revealed that Madhuri had become a big star when he was making Pardes. If she played the role of Ganga, then the audience would see Madhuri and not Ganga’s innocence and they thought that Ganga’s character is very innocent, for which no star is needed.
If a star actress will do this character, then the innocence of Ganga will not be able to get into the hearts of people. For this reason Subhash Ghai chose Mahima Chaudhary for the film Pardes.
You will be surprised to know that for the character played by Apoorva Agnihotri in the film, the name of Salman Khan was being considered earlier. Salman Khan had become a big star in the 90s and it would have been beneficial to cast him in the film.
Although Subhash Ghai did not think that Salman Khan was needed in the film. He felt that if Ganga is being played by a new girl, then her fiancé should also be a new artist. This will allow the audience to connect with the story.
Subhash Ghai used to be a big director in the 80s and 90s, due to which no one dared to cut his point. When Subhash himself had finalized that Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit were not needed in his pardes, then who could argue with him? In the end, Subhash Ghai made Pardes according to himself and it was also successful at the box office. The audience gave a lot of love to the film and its songs are still humming to this day.
Subhash Ghai’s Pardes is a good example of the fact that great films don’t just need stars. If the story has the power and the character’s handwriting is excellent, then the audience will come to theaters to give love to the film.