Sanaya Irani to Tina Dutta and Digangana Suryavanshi: Here are the actresses who said they would not play Naira and why

Before Shivangi Joshi did it as Naira in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, these actresses were also taken into consideration, but they rejected it (Image credit: Instagram / sanayairani, tinadatta, diganganasuryavanshi)

While Star Plus’s Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai began in 2009 with Hina Khan and Karan Mehra playing the leads Akshara and Naitik Singhania, the show now features Mohsin Khan’s Shivangi Joshi and Naira and Kartik Goenka as the main stars. But did you know that Shivangi was just one name on a list of other female leads on television to play the coveted role?

This is true. While we recently told you about the actors who said no to playing Kartik Goenka (Mohsin Khan) in YRKKH, today we are telling you about which actresses turned down the role of his wife Naira on the show.

From Sanaya Irani to Tina Dutta, Digangana Suryavanshi and others, here is what the leading ladies of the television world said no to playing Naira in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and why.

Sanaya irani

Sanaya Irani won our hearts with her talent on shows like Miley Jab Hum Tum, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? and Rangrasiya. Not only were we impressed by her performance, but the creators of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai were also impressed when casting Naira Goenka nee Singhania. According to reports from TellyChakkar, the creators of YRKKH had reached out to Sanaya, but the Ghost actress said no because she apparently didn’t want to play Hina Khan’s second female lead.

Tina Dutta

Tina Dutta, who won our hearts as Ichcha in Uttaran, was also among the YRKKH creators’ choices to play Naira Goenka on Star Plus every day. According to reports from the aforementioned post, Tina was offered the role of Naira in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, but turned it down because she reportedly did not want to appear in family dramas after the hit show Colors.

Digangana Suryavanshi

Digangana Suryavanshi became a household name when she played the title role in Ek Veer Ki Ardaas… Veera from Star Plus. According to reports from the aforementioned post, Digangana was approached to play Naira in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, but turned her down because she wanted to focus on her Bollywood career. Since the show and her participation in Bigg Boss 9, Ms. Suryavanshi has starred in a couple of B’wood films, including FryDay, Jalebi, and The Battle of Bhima Koregaon.

Ishita Dutta Sheth

Ishita Dutta Sheth, who gained fame for her role as Poonam in Star Plus’ Ek Ghar Banaunga, was also contacted by the creators of YRKKH. According to reports from the same publication, Ishita turned down the offer, but the reason behind it is still unknown.

Roopal Tyagi

Last on the list is Roopal Tyagi. The actress, who appeared on shows like Hamari Ek Nayi Chhoti Si Zindagi and Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke, showed interest in playing Naira in YRKKH. But according to reports on the portal mentioned above, things did not turn out as expected due to its weight. He currently stars in Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki de Colors.

Which actress who refused to play Naira Goenka in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai was the most shocking? Let us know in the comments below.

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