Did you know that the iconic role of Gabbar Singh was first offered to Danny Denzongpa, and that Amjad Khan was almost left out because screenwriter Javed Akhtar didn’t think his voice was powerful enough for an intimidating villain? It leaves so much to the imagination about how it would’ve turned out considering the status Sholay has today.

We decided to dig up 22 such facts about movies that define our generation. Facts, that will surely blow your mind!

1. Dilip Kumar was offered a role in Lawrence of Arabia which he refused.

The 1962 British classic had a part in store for legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar. However, things didn’t work out and he couldn’t take up the role. The role finally went to Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.


2. Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Leo DiCaprio passed on The Matrix, before Keanu Reeves grabbed it.

Can you imagine Leonardo DiCaprio as Neo doing Jiu Jitsu? Yes that was a possibility at one point when the Wachowski brothers approached Leo, Nick Cage, Will Smith, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp to play ‘the one’. However, they all refused and a relatively unknown Keanu Reeves got the part.


3. Naushad was introduced as a tailor to his bride-to-be.

Naushad, one of the greatest composers of the Indian film Industry was introduced as a ‘tailor’ to his bride-to-be as working in films used to be considered a lowly profession. Whattey!


4. Sunil Dutt, initially an RJ, wanted to interview Nargis, which later got cancelled when he couldn’t ask a single question.

We all know about Sunil Dutt’s heroics when he saved Nargis from the fire on the sets of Mother India. However, did you know Dutt Sr was always a big fan of Nargis, even in the days when he used to RJ for Radio Ceylon. He asked to interview his favourite actress but couldn’t go through with it, when he couldn’t ask a single question with her sitting right opposite him.


5. Will the real Chris Gardner please stand up?

Chris Gardner’s biopic ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ features the real Chris Gardener. Even if for a second. The last scene where we see Will Smith and Jaden Smith walk into their happily-ever-after, they cross a man and exchange a nod with him. That, my friends, is Chris Gardener.


6. Maggie Smith was filming the sixth and seventh part of the Harry Potter series during Chemotherapy.

Maggie Smith did not ask the team of Harry Potter to defer their schedule in spite of being diagnosed of Breast Cancer mid-way through the sixth film. Instead she said, ” If there’s work to do I’ll do it. I’ve still got the stagger through the last Harry Potter. The cancer is hideous. It takes the wind out of your sails and I don’t know what future holds, if anything.”

Surely a Gryffindor!


7. The Rise of ‘Fearless Nadia’.

One of the original female leads in Indian films, stuntwoman and actress Nadia was actually an Aussie theatre artist. On her visit to Bombay as a part of the Zarko Circus, she scored a small role in Noor-e-yaman. With her circus skills, she proved to be a huge hit with the audience and there was no looking back.


8. The Pizza Planet Truck appears in all Pixar movies.

The Pizza Planet truck which played an integral part in the first Toy Story movie, has been repeated in all of Pixar’s movies. Don’t believe me? See below.


9. Did you know how much work went into creating that 10-second animation of the Black Hole in Interstellar?


10. Tarantino revealed the plot of Kill Bill in Pulp Fiction.

In the epic scene featuring John Travolta and Uma Thurman before they twist, Quentin Tarantino cleverly weaves in the plot of Kill Bill (his next project) into the conversation. Well played, Mr Tarantino!


11. During the making of Sholay, Dharmendra paid the light boys to make mistakes during shots, so that he could embrace Hema Malini again and again.

That scene in which Veeru’s character is teaching Hema Malini to shoot a pistol, Dharmendra allegedly paid the light boys off to repeatedly make mistakes, so he could touch her again and again! We wonder how Hema Malini got charmed after this.


12. Jeremy Renner was prepped by Olympic archers for his role of Hawk-Eye.

Jeremy Renner in The Avengers plays the role of expert-archer and superspy Hawk-Eye. And for this role he was trained by Olympian archers to gain familiarity with the equipment and improve on precision.


13. Marla Singer and Teddy have the same phone number.

Marla Singer from Fight Club and Teddy from Memento have the same phone number. Don’t believe us? Take a look…


14. Rocky – Butkus was Stallone’s real dog.

The bullmastiff called Butkus in the first film of the Rocky series was actually Stallone’s real dog. Legend has it that he sold the dog for a $100 when he could no longer take care of the dog or himself, for bare survival. When he sold Rocky’s script – he went back to that person to buy Butkus back, only the price this time would be $3000. Stallone got him back, and featured him in the film.


15. Raj Kapoor became a figure of optimism in Russia after ‘Awara’.

Successfully showcasing the struggles of the lower middle class and still maintaining a cheerful demeanour in ‘Awara’ – Raj Kapoor became a figure of optimism. Legend has it that on one of his visits to Russia, his car was carried by a mob to the Hotel he was staying, as a mark of respect.


16. V is ‘hidden’ in each frame of the film “V for Vendetta”.

The Wachowksi-duo have claimed that there is a ‘V’ in every frame of the dystopian film ‘V for Vendetta’. And their claim might be solid!

The cut on Natalie Portman’s forehead.


17. Heath Ledger appears in the restaurant scene in The Dark Knight.

That’s right. The Joker? Not really. Christopher Nolan put this wonderful Easter Egg in the film of the decade. In the scene where Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne meet for the first time – the person sitting to Harvey’s left is none other than Heath Ledger sans makeup.


18. In Terminator 2, Arnold spoke only 700 words.

Arnold spoke only 700 words in the entire duration of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. He did this for a fee of 15 million bucks, which means ‘Hasta la Vista, baby’ cost $ 85,716.


19. David Fincher claims there is a cup of Starbucks in each scene of ‘Fight Club’.

David Fincher has made this audacious claim that there’s a cup of Starbucks in every scene of ‘Fight Club’. Known for being a stickler for details, we wouldn’t take his claim lightly.


20. Tyler appears multiple times before he is introduced in ‘Fight Club’.

Also, the director has slyly cut in Tyler’s character in 5-6 scenes before he’s properly introduced to the audience. He pops up for a second in several scenes before


21. JARVIS stands for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System”.

Iron Man’s man-friday JARVIS stands for ‘Just A Rather Very Intelligent System’. The character is voiced by British Actor Paul Bettany.


22. The link between Marion Cotillard, Edith Piaf, Inception and THAT song.

The song used to bring back people from levels of dreams is Edith Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien”. The biopic of Edith Piaf ‘La Vie En Rose’ had Marion Cotillard playing the famous singer. Interestingly she is also a part of Inception as Mal. Strange link!


Darn! I had no idea.