"I can’t place you in Slumdog Millionaire with your face."
Gauahar Khan revealed that one of the “biggest projects she lost” was Slumdog Millionaire.
The actress said that director Danny Boyle had her audition several times but ended up rejecting her because she was “too good looking for it”.
The 2008 film starred Dev Patel and Freida Pinto and went on to become a huge success, bagging eight Oscars.
Gauahar explained that there is “no formula” when it comes to getting good roles.
But during her experience with Danny, he could not “place her” in a slum with “her face”.
Gauahar said: “One of the biggest projects I lost in my life was because I was too good looking for it, and it was Slumdog Millionaire.
“I have met Danny Boyle, and I have done five rounds of auditions for it.
“After the fifth round, he said ‘you’re a fantastic actor, are you sure you’re trained in India?’ At that time, I had hardly any experience, and I said ‘I’ve trained in India’.
“He said, ‘you speak like an actor who is from out of India, not from India, so how do you have this experience?’
“I said ‘sir I don’t know, I just try and do it every single day’.
“He said ‘you are such a fab actor but somehow I won’t be able to cast you here because I have to match three age groups and I can’t place you in Slumdog Millionaire with your face.
“I said, ‘I can be in a slum’.”
Despite the rejection, Gauahar said it was a positive experience because she met Danny Boyle and he praised her acting.
Gauahar Khan said she was “very happy” that she was getting roles where the directors felt they “needed a performance”.
The 38-year-old recalled her experience on Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year where her character was required to be “not good-looking”.
She said that director Shimit Amin and his team made her wear extra “jarring” make-up so she would fit the character.
Gauahar added: “In Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year the endeavour was to make me not so good-looking.
“Shimit Sir would say put more pink colour on her eyes and cheeks, and put more jarring lipstick on her, because that was the look, the character.
“She was not meant to look super good-looking… Shimit Sir would still say ‘she’s still looking too pretty, put more make-up on her’.”