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“Sharmila Tagore Reveals Personal Struggles: Candid Discussion on Cancer Battle and Rejecting ‘Rocky Aur Rani’ Role in Koffee With Karan Season 8”


Renowned actress Sharmila Tagore recently graced the Koffee With Karan stage for the first time, accompanied by her son and actor Saif Ali Khan. In a candid conversation with host Karan Johar, the veteran actress shed light on her personal journey, discussing her battle with cancer and a missed opportunity in Bollywood.

Karan Johar, during the episode, revealed that Sharmila Tagore was his initial choice for the character of Damini Chatterjee in his latest directorial venture, “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani.” In a surprising revelation, he expressed, “She was my very first choice. Due to health reasons at that time, she couldn’t say yes, but it is a regret I have.”

Sharmila Tagore, known for her grace and poise, briefly touched upon her health struggles, providing viewers with insight into the challenges she faced. The revelation adds a personal dimension to the episode, allowing fans to connect with the veteran actress on a more intimate level.

The role that Sharmila Tagore had to decline due to health concerns was eventually portrayed by Shabana Azmi in the film. Notably, Shabana Azmi’s onscreen kiss with Dharmendra in “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” had earlier made headlines, further adding to the film’s buzz.

Karan Johar’s candid acknowledgment of his regret over not having Sharmila Tagore in the film adds an intriguing layer to the episode, making it a must-watch for fans eager to learn more about the behind-the-scenes dynamics of Bollywood.

As the latest episode of Koffee With Karan 8 continues to resonate with audiences, Sharmila Tagore’s revelations and Karan Johar’s heartfelt sentiments have sparked discussions about the delicate balance between personal health and professional commitments in the entertainment industry.