Kajol’S Missed Opportunity: The Untold Story Of ‘Khamoshi’ With Salman Khan

## Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Initial Choice for ‘Khamoshi’ Revealed: Kajol Alongside Salman Khan

Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has recently shared insights into his initial casting decisions for the critically acclaimed film ‘Khamoshi’ (1996).

### Kajol as the Preferred Choice

Bhansali disclosed that his original vision for the female lead opposite Salman Khan in ‘Khamoshi’ was none other than Bollywood icon Kajol. He approached the actress for the role but faced an unexpected obstacle.

### The Reason Behind Kajol’s Decline

Bhansali explained that Kajol’s mother, the veteran actress Tanuja, had reservations due to a past disagreement between herself and Bhansali regarding schedules. As a result, Kajol ultimately declined the offer.

### Manisha Koirala’s Inception

Following Kajol’s refusal, Bhansali turned his attention to Manisha Koirala, who eventually played the part in ‘Khamoshi.’ However, Bhansali emphasized that Koirala was his third choice, highlighting his initial preference for Kajol.

### Bhansali’s Admiration for Kajol’s Talent

Despite Kajol’s unavailability for ‘Khamoshi,’ Bhansali expressed his immense admiration for her acting prowess. He believed that she would have portrayed the role beautifully.

### Current Success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Presently, Bhansali is basking in the success of his recently released web series, ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.’ The series, which premiered on Netflix on May 1, 2024, has garnered critical acclaim and widespread viewership.