No matter how carefree and sporty we claim to be, no man has ever walked the earth without leaving a single regret. Relationships, decisions, and works of destiny have always turned people remorseful. Even the biggest of stars have some.
Shah Rukh Khan
The King of Romance has worked his magic first on Divya Bharti, reached crazy heights with Kajol, and Rani, and reached Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma of the next generation. But he never got to keep the most beautiful woman with him, and that remains to be his one big regret. Referring to how she played his twin sister in Josh (2000), an apparition in Mohabbatein (2000), and married a rich landlord in Devdas (2002), the star shared...
“I have been very unlucky with Aishwarya. It’s a shame that in our first film (Josh), Aishwarya, the most beautiful woman in the world, in the universe and even beyond on all the planets, was my sister.”
Aishwarya Rai Bhachchan
Ruing some of the career decisions in hindsight, the former Miss World opened up to media personnel in a video interaction at the Cannes Film festival,
"I think I was very school girlish in my choices. I was very good at keeping with schedules, and because of that I kind of walked away from some very great films and opportunities. Because I would be sincere to schedules. Now when I think back, I should have maybe been more fierce and aggressive with wanting the films and allowed the schedules to figure themselves out as I have seen a lot of colleagues have worked over the years."
The Dabangg star isn’t the only one who has this regret. There are hundreds of thousands who would have wished to get a glimpse of this people’s president just once, and what wouldn’t we do to turn back time to have him amongst us for longer. The actor says,
“When your heart says you should meet someone, don't delay. I always wanted to meet Kalam saab and I should have made the effort. My loss."
Every family has a story to tell and not all these stories are pleasant. In an old interview, Rishi Kapoor revealed one such story of “if only” regarding his ties with his son,
“Out of respect, I was always very scared of my father. I don’t know about Ranbir; of course, he respects me, but I’ve never been friends with him and that is my biggest drawback. It’s also a deep regret but again, I don’t know. Only time will tell if it is something that’s good or not.”
Do you know that the Mardaani actress was the first choice for Mira Nair’s movie adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake? Though she decisively turned down playing playing mother to a 25-year-old, here is one regret that accompanies her,
"I don't regret missing out on The Namesake but I regret not working with Mira. I loved Jumpa Lahiri's novel and I love the film. Being a Bengali, I completely relate to the ambience.”
Kareena Kapoor Khan
After attending a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard Summer School, US, Kareena Kapoor Khan had enrolled at the Government Law College, Mumbai, but left the degree after a year, to dip toes in the industry. Back in December 2018, while addressing her audience through a radio show, she spills,
"In today's times, education is very important and I should have actually got my degree. I could have started doing what I wanted to do which is acting and that I could have done a bit late.
Otherwise known to be a warm and friendly man in the industry, the film-maker of great accomplishments flashed his rude side while trolling Kangana Ranaut at IIFA Awards event held in the US in 2017. After getting slammed by netizens, he admitted,
"What we said was meant to be a joke, which I think has been misplaced, misunderstood and I think it went wrong. I regret it. The idea of that joke was entirely mine, so I take onus of the idea of what we said. And I think we went a bit far by the Kangana mention.”
Like every successful actress in the industry, it is not surprising that the most sought after leading lady of her time, Deepika Padukone fancied a romantic block-buster in Yash Chopra’s direction. Realizing that would never happen, the Padmavat actress rues,
“I wish I could have worked with Yashji. He was fond of me and I was of him.”
Though she was never celebrated as an actor during her fleeting career on the silver screen, she has carved a niche in writing. However, after not caring much for her erstwhile stint, Mrs. Funnybones for a long time, she now grieves the refused opportunity to play “Tina” in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. In her signature self-deprecating manner, Twinkle shares,
“I never in my life regretted of not doing Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. But after realizing the aura the film still have today, I really regret of not being a part of the film. Nevertheless, if I would have been a part of this film it would have been a big flop like rest of my films. Imagine even my film with Shah Rukh flopped. My absence from the film made it a huge success. My mother also said me once that, the best part about Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is my absence.”