Directed by Subhash Ghai, Pardes, released in 1997, stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahima Chaudhary, Apurva Agnihotri, Aditya Narayan. Nadeem Shravan worked on its music, while Neeraj Pathak and Javed Siddiqui wrote it.
“I wanted Pardes film to feature a newbie despite the fact that we had Madhuri Dixit on board for a three film deal. She had also loved the script of Ganga. For the unversed, Ganga was the name of Pardes before. We had also received a message from Salman Sir about being interested in doing a film. While many in my office thought it would be a great decision to sign Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit for the film along with the distributors, I remained adamant on my decision,” Bollywood Hungama quoted Subash as saying on starring SRK and Mahima than Salman and Madhuri.
He further said, “At that time, Madhuri was a star and to portray her as a simple, innocent, small town girl, it wouild like she is becoming crafty. So according to me and the script, the film required a new girl and boy to play those characters.”
“The people in my company too were keen on casting the superstars and I remained firm on my stand. This went on for 3 months. Distributors told me that if I brought the three superstars on board, they would pay me any amount I want. In turn, I told them I will take whatever price you give for the newbies. They thought I was being proud or egoistic but I reasoned with them that I will explain my decision to them when the film releases),” the director added.