Once upon a time, it was not uncommon for leading heroines to step into mother roles after a phase. Today heroines are also preparing to play mother roles. But there are many stars in Bollywood who have said no to such opportunities in the past. Madhuri Dixit, Tabu and Raveena Tandon have turned down the roles of young stars Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh's mother. Later Shefali Shah came to this role.
Hema Malini, who was asuperheroinee in the 90s, turned director. Hema Malini directed the movie Dil Ashna Hai with Divya Bharti and Shah Rukh Khan in lead roles. Dimple Kapadi played Vidya's mother in the film. Initially, Dimple was not ready to play the mother of the new heroine Divya.
Dimple was the leading star of Bollywood at that time. Dimple also did experimental films at that time. Dimple is Hema's close friend. Dimple was ready to act in Dil Aashna Hai due to her friend's insistence. The reason why Dimple said yes was that the leading actors Amrita Singh and Soni Walia also played similar roles in the film.
But while acting in this film, Dimple Kapadia became friends with Divya Bharti. Dimple wanted to continue acting with Divya. After the success of Deewana, Raj Kanwar had decided to make two films with Divya as the heroine. The movies were Ladla and Karthavya. Kartavya had a strong character as Divya's mother-in-law.
Sanjay Kapoor was the hero of the film. Divya also wanted Dimple Kapadia to play the role of her mother-in-law. But after Divya's death, the shooting of that film had to be stopped. Later, when the shooting of this film was decided to start, Juhi Chawla was considered for the role of Divya. Then Dimple was approached by the crew for the film.
But Dimple was not ready to do the film. Dimple was not ready to play Juhi Chawla's mother-in-law. The crew tried many times to convince Dimple. Dimple and Sanjay's scenes with other stars had already been shot. So the star's withdrawal would have caused a huge loss to the film. Finally, Aruna Irani was brought to the film instead of Dimple.