Prosenjit Chatterjee
Prosenjit Chatterjee had auditioned for Salman Khan's "Maine Pyar Kiya." Pictured: Prosenjit Chatterjee during the premiere of National award winning Bengali film `Sankachil` in Mumbai on April 17, 2016.IANS

Sooraj Barjatya's blockbuster film "Maine Pyar Kiya" was Salman Khan's first hit film. With the chocolate boy image, Salman stole hearts and since then "Prem" became synonymous with his name. But not many know that Salman was not the first choice for Prem's role.

Apparently, Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee was the first choice to portray Prem's character in the film "Maine Pyar Kiya." He even auditioned for the role, but could not do the film. Not only "Maine Pyar Kiya," he also rejected "Saajan," another big hit in Salman's career.

"I was selected officially 'Maine Pyaar Kiya.' Salman wasn't even there. He wasn't serious about acting then. He was more into the technical side. They got the print of 'Amar Shangi' to Mumbai. They watched the film and invited me here. I was here for 6-7 days and gave auditions as well. Fortunately but unfortunately, I couldn't do the film," Prosenjit told in an interview.

If Prosenjit had played the role, he would have created a big name in the Hindi film industry as well. However, the role finally went to Salman after which he became a superstar.

Meanwhile, Prosenjit will now be seen in the Bollywood film "Traffic," which also features Manoj Bajpayee and Divya Dutta in the lead roles. Prosenjit plays the role of a superstar in the film "Traffic," which is based on a real-life incident. The film, directed by Rajesh Pillai, will be released on May 6. 

Also read