How Deepika Padukone’s Debut Got Swapped With Sonam Kapoor

Here's a fun fact about Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor's debut. Read on for more details

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How Deepika Padukone’s Debut Got Swapped With Sonam Kapoor
If all had gone well, Deepika Padukone would have made her debut in Sanjay Leela  Bhansali’s Saawariya instead  of Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om.

But fate and the box-office had other plans. Bhansali had all but finalized one long-legged beauty (Deepika) when another(Sonam) walked into his film.The filmmaker was given the  chance to launch Rishi Kapoor’s son and Anil Kapoor’s daughter together, a package deal that he couldn’t resist.

Without any warning Deepika was dropped from her purported  debut. This setback could have ruined her career. But as luck would have it, Farah  Khan and Shah Rukh Khan came forward to offer Deepika a double role in Om Shanti Om. She never looked back. Her career made a big chhapaak(splash).

And just look at the devilish dimensions of  destiny! Om Shanti Om and Saawariya were both released on the same Friday 9 November 2007. While Om Shanti Om became a big hit catapulting Deepika to dizzying heights of glory, Saawariya was the biggest flop of Bhansali’s career, though Ranbir and Sonam became instant stars.

Besides Deepika, Om Shanti Om had another Saawariya connection. Ranbir Kapoor’s dad Rishi Kapoor featured in the song  of that title  in Subhash  Ghai’s Karz. In fact,  Rishi Kapoor singing the Kishore Kumar hit ‘Om Shanti Om’ in the film Karz was shown in Farah Khan’s film.

The friction  between Deepika and Sonam  continues to this day.

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