Anil Kapoor ‘Rejected World’s Biggest Film Franchise’ & His Reason Why Is Pretty Interesting

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Anil Kapoor entered the Western market with Slumdog Millionaire, which went on to win numerous Oscars, after spending more than three decades in the Indian film industry.

His critically lauded performance in season 8 of 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland and a brief appearance in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol served as his follow-up.

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Anil appeared to be the next Indian celebrity to make a successful transition to Hollywood at the moment.

Anil wasn’t visible in any Hollywood projects after Mission: Impossible 4, though.

But recently he claimed in an interview with Film Companion that he was offered a role in the biggest film franchise in the world but he didn’t do it.

Anil said that it takes a lot of guts for his son to take on a role like this while discussing Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor’s performance in AK vs AK and the praise that he garnered for it.

He continued by saying that if he had been given a role with only one scene, he would not have accepted it.

He went on to explain, “The biggest franchise in the world, IN THE WORLD, I can’t name it, has been offered to me with just two days of work. So, I read the scene and I didn’t understand it. Then the director of that franchise called me up and said that I want you to do it. And all foreign friends of mine told me, ‘If you’ll have this film in your resume, that’s enough.’ I said I am not going to do it. I said, ‘Ek toh mujhe scene samajh mein nahin aa raha and if I go wrong on that day, I will be exposed all over the planet.’”  

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and James Cameron’s Avatar, which will have three enormous sequels, are currently the two greatest movie franchises in the world.

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Was he then offered a part in the MCU or one of the Avatar sequels?

If the former is true, he joins Govinda as the only other Indian actor to have stated that he turned down a role in the Avatar film series.