Follow Us:
Tuesday, July 05, 2022

When Sridevi said no to Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park

Sridevi was approached by Steven Spielberg for a role in Jurassic Park. The actor refused as she felt the role didn't meet her stature.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 28, 2018 3:01:25 pm
Sridevi movies Sridevi was called the female Amitabh Bachchan of Bollywood, and not for nothing.

Bollywood actor Sridevi passed away on Saturday night after a cardiac arrest. She was 54. Hailed as the female Amitabh Bachchan of Bollywood, and not for nothing. Sridevi was not only the most sought after actress of her time, she also famously made her male co-stars insecure. The actor who made her Bollywood debut with Solva Sawan, went on to rule Bollywood for years to come.

In fact, Steven Spielberg, who was making Jurassic Park in 1993, wanted to cast the actress in a small role in the film. She was at the peak of her career and felt the role didn’t meet her stature. Sridevi refused Spielberg and we had to wait all the way till Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for a Bollywood heroine to make her mark in Hollywood.

Jurasssic Park went on to become a massive hit, with its reboot launched in 2015. How we wish Sridevi would have chosen differently.

However, Jurassic Park was just one in the long list of film Sridevi refused. She also said no to Darr opposite Shah Rukh Khan a few years later. She had told media then, “After Chandni and Lamhe, I feel Darr would have been an ordinary character for me. If I’m playing Shah Rukh Khan’s role, then of course, I would have loved to do it. The character Juhi played was new for her and so it was good for her. But for me, it was something I had done many times before.”

Best of Express Premium
BJP and Shiv Sena allies might not go after Uddhav factionPremium
In Maharashtra political drama, cameo by a 30-year-old from Haryana makes...Premium
C Raja Mohan writes: With China’s expanding influence, Asia is also...Premium
BJP’s Pasmanda Muslims outreach plan after PM message a new worry f...Premium

Sridevi’s filmography was long and illustrious. We will really miss you!

Express Explained Go beyond the news. Understand the headlines with our Explained stories

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard