Piyush Mishra on why he’s glad he didn’t do Salman Khan’s role in Maine Pyar Kiya: Couldn’t have handled the stardom | Bollywood

Many are now aware that the role that catapulted Salman Khan to fame as Prem in the 1989 hit film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, directed by Sooraj Barjatya, was originally considered for thespian Piyush Mishra. During his studies at the Film & Television Institute of India in his third year, the production house Rajshri Films had him in mind for the lead. Recently, Piyush shared in a Times Now interview his contentment with not securing the role. (In Other News: Salman Khan steps down from Bigg Boss OTT to resume film; Anil Kapoor fills in as host)

Piyush Mishra was initially approached for the role in ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ that eventually went to Salman Khan

Piyush’s Perspective

“The truth is that I wasn’t on the verge of stardom, nor did I secure the role. There were preliminary conversations, and I was on the radar of Sooraj Barjatya’s father (Raj Kumar Barjatya), who met with me, but there was no casting decision at that point. I was a third-year student when this occurred. It’s overhyped that I was a step away from becoming a celebrity, which isn’t the case,” Piyush articulated.

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He also shared that he was advised by many to exploit the situation for gaining sympathy and attention. “People pressed me to portray myself as a victim, alleging the role was snatched away from me. However, that would’ve been dishonest. I continued to find work thereafter. Had I been entrusted with the role, it would’ve been too soon. I was a 26-year-old kid, not capable of dealing with the acclaim at that juncture. My mind would’ve been overwhelmed. I acknowledge that I was unprepared for that magnitude of celebrity, and looking back, it was fortuitous that it didn’t transpire,” he confessed.

Backstory on ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’

‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, helmed under the Rajshri Films banner, became the platform that introduced not only Salman but also Bhagyashree to the spotlight. The movie triumphed at the box office, instantly elevating both its leads to stardom. Piyush, on the other hand, later featured in a litany of acclaimed films such as ‘Dil Se’, ‘Maqbool’, ‘Gulaal’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Tamasha’, and ‘Pink’. Fans are eagerly anticipating his appearance in ‘Indian 2’.




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