In the realm of Bollywood classics, “Baazigar” stands as an iconic thriller that etched its place in the hearts of cinephiles. However, the casting process for this film took an unexpected turn that could have altered the course of its cinematic history. Contrary to popular belief, Shah Rukh Khan was not the initial choice for the lead role; instead, it was the talented actor Deepak Tijori who was in the directorial duo Abbas-Mustan’s sights.

During the early stages of casting for “Baazigar,” Abbas-Mustan were contemplating various actors to embody the complex character of Ajay Sharma/Vicky Malhotra, eventually portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan. Deepak Tijori, known for his notable performances in films like “Aashiqui” and “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar,” was high on the directors’ list. The decision to cast Shah Rukh Khan proved to be a game-changer, not only for the actor but also for the film itself. His magnetic performance in “Baazigar” showcased a different facet of his acting prowess, challenging the conventional portrayal of an anti-hero in Indian cinema and also won him a Filmfare for Best Actor for this film.

In the grand tapestry of Bollywood history, Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal remains etched as an indelible mark, reminding us that destiny often has its own script for the silver screen.

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