8 Bollywood films which almost missed the big screen.

From the time it is being formulated inside the filmmaker’s mind to the time it hits the big screens, the amount of efforts that go behind in making is indescribable. Here are 10 Bollywood blockbusters which almost got shelved before reaching the audience. Follow Spotlife Asia for the latest Entertainment and Lifestyle news.

Taal: This blockbuster of Subhash Ghai was not just another commercial film but. The film fetched him several awards and he earned himself a special place in our hearts and in the industry. However, Ghai had initially thought of a completely different story with a different cast and a name for the film. But later ‘Taal’s’ script was reworked and released in the year 1999.

Bajirao MastaniBajirao Mastani: This was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project which had Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the original cast. Bhansali had thought of the movie while making ‘Hum Dil De CHuke Sanam’ and since Ash and Salman were dating at the time, their chemistry was loved by everyone and he wanted to make the epic love tale with them as lead stars. He also later wanted to cast Salman and Kareena in titular roles, but then they had signed ‘Kyon Ki…’ by then. Later, with a fresh idea in mind, Bhansali signed Deepika, Ranveer and Priyanka making the film a mega blockbuster.

Phantom: One of the most underrated films of 2016, ‘Phantom’ was in talks even before ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ released but never made it. However, when Kabir Khan saw the success of the latter, he along with the producers went forward and released it. Also check out: Bollywood’s special romance with trains.

Krrish 3: None of the sequels to ‘Krrish’ have left the audience disappointed. Immensely popular with the kids, the film has won many hearts ever since its first installment was released. As per reports, ‘Krrish 3’ was being shelved because of Hrithik Roshan’s ill-health and director Rakesh Roshan decided to put it on the back-burner. However, Hrithik’s speedy recovery helped the movie get a full-fledged release and made it become a blockbuster.

Jagga JasoosJagga Jasoos: This is obviously no news unless you are living under a rock. The first-ever musical in Bollywood, Anurag Basu’s ambitious project ‘Jagga Jasoos’ kept getting postponed for 2 years. Fans and the media nearly gave up on this movie ever hitting the big screen. Despite unending hurdles including lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s alleged break up, the movie still managed to get a released.

Shivaay: The movie might not have done immensely well at the box office but its amazing action sequences and picturesque locations earned it several awards. Considering the amount of VFX and production costs, Ajay Devgn had decided to give the project a pass. However, after several discussions the production cost was cut down by Rs 40 crores which made Ajay Devgn reach the end of ‘Shivaay’ and eventually release it.

BaazarBaazaar: The film was one of the most awaited movies of 2018. With Saif Ali Khan having back-to-back releases, this movie is also being touted as one of his best so far. ‘Baazaar’ revolves around the Indian stock market and inspired by the 2013 film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. Since the makers couldn’t find an appropriate actor for the lead role in the movie, they decided to shelve it. However, Saif stepped in and came to their rescue.

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam: If you happened to notice, the cast of the movie Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit-Nene looked way younger that the time when the movie released. Well, if you still have that question in your head, then it’s because the movie took 6 long years to complete. It even reached a point where an entire portion was re-shot before being released.