List of Tamil films where the heroes weren’t original choices

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There are lot of Tamil movies where the original actors for the role was replaced by another star. Let’s look at the movies which popular actors missed.

Mudhalvan : We all know how Arjun immortalized the role of Pugazhendhi. But the role was originally written for Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth turned down the movie because it’s a CM subject. Then Shankar went to Vijay. Even that didn’t workout. So finally Arjun did the role.


Nerukku Ner : Nerukku Ner was Suriya’s first movie. But it could have easily been the second movie starring Vijay and Ajith together after Rajavin Parvayile. Ajith even did photo shoot for the movie but luckily it turned out to be Suriya’s first film.

Nerukku Ner

Endhiran : Endhiran was supposed to Kamal and Shankar’s next film after Indian. Preity Zinta was the heroine. A photoshoot was done for the same but the movie was dropped because of high cost of production. It was revived years later with Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai.


Nayagan : We can never imagine anyone other than Kamal Hassan in the iconic role of Velu Nayakar but the surprise is the role first went to Sathyaraj was Mani Ratnam’s favourite after Pagal Nilavu.


Ko : We all know what a game changer Ko was for Jiva’s career but the movie originally launched with Simbhu as the lead. Simbhu wanted Tamannah as the heroine. KV Anand refused so the role went to Jiva who grabbed it with both hands.


Naan Kadavul : Naan Kadavul was supposed to be the first Ajith- Bala collaboration. Ajith even grew his hair for the project but walked out due to the delay in start of shooting. Arya stepped in to give the best performance of his career.

Naan Kadavul

Dhurva Natchathiram : Similar to Naan Kadavul Dhurva Nachathiram was supposed to have Suriya in the lead. But Suriya opted out due to delay in start and Chiyaan Vikram filled in.

Dhurva Natchathiram

Kaakha Kaakha : We all know what a game changer Kaakha Kaakha was for Suriya. But once again Ajith was the saviour for Suriya. Ajith was the original choice but he left the project and Suriya became Anbuselvan.

Kaakha Kaakha

Ghajini : Ghajini was touted to be A.R Murugadoss next project with Ajith after Ghajini but Ajith opted out so Suriya became Sanjay Ramasamy.


Raja Rani : Raja Rani Atlee’s first film was written with Sivakarthikeyan in mind but Santhanam refused to act with Sivakarthikeyan so Arya became John

Raja Rani

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