35 Tigers Have Been Run Over By Trains In Madhya Pradesh In Last One Year

Yet another tiger was run over by a train between Budhni and Mid-Ghat area in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday morning. Earlier, an adult tiger and a leopard were found dead under mysterious circumstances at the same spot on February 23.


This is the fourth tiger to have died in the state in the last two months, 35th since 2016. The first one to have died was a tigress — coded T1 — found near Sarvahi village in Shehdol district on January 21. Sources say that a wrong chain-fencing around the mid-ghat railway track might be causing frequent deaths at this spot.

Earlier in 2015, an adult male tiger, hit by a speeding train at the same spot, had died due to an undue delay on the part of the department’s rescue team. The tiger was found at the same place near the mid-ghat area of Sehore district.

Ratapani, which recorded a population of eight breeding tigers in the area, has not yet been notified as a tiger reserve despite an in-principle approval from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in 2008. Ratapani is spread over 890 sqkm in the Bhopal-Raisen forest division.


This is being delayed to facilitate developmental projects in the area. NHAI wants to widen the existing 4/6 lane NH-12 section from Bhopal to Bareli through Ratapani. There’s also upgradation work on Obaidullagunj to Rehti Road that passes through Ratapani.

Recently, Madhya Pradesh high court admitted a petition over the delay in notifying Ratapani area as a tiger reserve. The petition was moved by RTI activist Ajay Dubey through his counsel Siddhartha Radhelal Gupta.

Notices were served to the department of forest, PCCF Wildlife, State Wildlife Board, National Tiger Conservation Authority and environment ministry asking them to reply as to why the proposed Ratapani Reserve has not been notified till date despite approval by NTCA.

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A proposal for notification of Ratapani as a tiger reserve was moved in the backdrop of rising tiger population in the sanctuary and big cats repeatedly straying into Kerwa forests in Bhopal district resulting in man-animal conflicts.

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Why the new Punjab government shouldn’t waste energy fighting the colonial past

Voters elect new governments with the hope of change. Delivering change is hard work. Improving education, health delivery, job availability, etc means putting hands to the grindstone and even then delivering improvements takes time. So new governments have gotten fond of the business of new names, which is a change they can sort of deliver overnight. Aurangzeb Road has become APJ Abdul Kalam Road in the capital. Mamata Banerjee wants to transform West Bengal into Bengal. Manohar Lal Khattar has turned Gurgaon into Gurugram. And now there are reports that Punjab, where Congress has grandly returned to power after a decade, is drafting a bill to rename British-era landmarks to celebrate Sikh rulers instead.

But reeling off factoids on India’s share of world GDP plummeting during colonial rule doesn’t really explain why the country hasn’t regained glorious heights in seven decades of independence, even as other victims of imperialism like China have barrelled ahead. Damningly, Indian workforce share in manufacturing has stayed around the same levels as seen when the Raj wound down. Obsessing over the past is not a very helpful guide to the future.

So it’s welcome that Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh seems to have ruled out a Spain-like historical memory law to “erase all remnants of cruel and humiliating British colonial rule”, adding that as a historian himself he does not believe in wiping out history but in learning from it. Actually all political parties would do well to leave history more to the historians, and focus on their own areas of expertise, which are policy making and governance. It’s not like there’s not plenty of room for improvement in these current affairs.
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KKR’s batting needs to be top class: Gambhir

IPL 2017

KKR’s batting needs to be top class: Gambhir

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 02 Apr, 2017, 09:08 PM

Gautam Gambhir came to the defense of Sunil Narine, who seems to have lost a bit of zing since remodelling his bowling action © BCCI

With the changing nature of the Eden Gardens surface, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir reckons his team’s batting has to be top class in the upcoming season of the IPL.

“From a track that used to favour spinners, it now has good deal of pace and bounce in it. With that as a background, batting has to be top-class,” Gambhir told PTI on Sunday (April 2). “The rival team fast bowlers will come hard at us and we have to be ready for that.”

The core of the batting includes him, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan. KKR even added domestic performer Ishank Jaggi to the side, but the likes of Uthappa and Suryakumar haven’t been in the best of touch. However, the biggest problem that KKR face this season is the absence of their lynchpin – Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the season after being handed a one-year ban for violating anti-doping whereabouts regulations.

To fill the void, KKR paid a hefty sum to procure the services of Chris Woakes as a like-for-like replacement, but the English all-rounder is yet to prove his destructive prowess in Indian conditions. Gambhir believes while Russell’s absence is a big blow to the side’s balance, it is also an ideal opportunity for someone else to stand up and be counted.

“There are two ways to look at such situations in life,” Gambhir said. “Either we can see Russell’s absence as a challenge or look at it as an opportunity in bold letters. I as an individual, and KKR as a group, are looking it as an opportunity. Maybe a combination of Manish Pandey’s batting and Ankit Rajpoot’s bowling can get us what Russell did. Not only Woakes but the entire team can try to fill-in for Russell and for that you don’t necessarily need an all-rounder. May be some other pair can do this.”

KKR have depended heavily on their spin bowling in the recent seasons, but have opted to assemble one of their strongest fast-bowling attacks for the upcoming season.

“We had left-arm pacemen in Jaydev Unadkat and Pradeep Sangwan in the past and understand the value of this skill that Boult brings in. Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot and Woakes. We have all bases covered when it comes to fast bowling.”

The left-handed opener also said that Sunil Narine, who has lost a bit of his magic touch after remodelling his bowling action, could be a threat again.

“I think we start judging people a little too soon. You can’t expect a golfer, who has changed his swing to be the same force from day one on the greens. I have changed my stance (to open chested) and it’s been close to two years now and I am still settling with it. Give Sunil some time and some space and he will show you his wares again,” Gambhir said.

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Shehzad, Hasan Ali shine in Pakistan’s series-winning performance


Shehzad, Hasan Ali shine in Pakistan’s series-winning performance

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 06:14 AM

Disciplined bowling followed by Shehzad-Azam’s 70-run second-wicket stand sealed the fourth T20I in Pakistan’s favour. © AFP

The fourth Twenty20 International (T20I) between Pakistan and West Indies ended up being a no-contest as the touring side outclassed the hosts in all departments to take the series 3-1 on Sunday (April 2) at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad. Unlike the popular case is in most T20Is where the bat dominates the ball, this contest was marked by a slightly unheard or unused word in the format – middle overs. After choking the hosts to a mediocre 124 and setting out to chase it down, the tourists romped home in a canter, winning the game by seven wickets with an over to spare.

All eyes were on Evin Lewis after Pakistan invited the hosts to bat first, but the danger was doused off as early as the third over when Imad Wasim drew first blood. Chadwick Walton went after the bowling, hitting as many as four sixes to hold the West Indies in good stead. But once Shadab Khan removed the wicketkeeper-batsman for his 31-ball 40, West Indies’ innings reared off into the dark.

Hasan Ali, who was bowling his second over, troubled Jason Mohammed throughout the over before sending him back on the final delivery with a sharp inswinging ball. When he came back to bowl his next over, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels departed off back to back balls, leaving no scope for the hosts to recover from there. By the end of that over, Hasan Ali had bowled back to back maiden overs.

A flurry of dot balls in the middle overs, if they ever existed in this format, choked the West Indies and by the time, their skipper Carlos Brathwaite struck two sixes and two fours during his 24-ball 37, the West Indies had already done much damage to themselves to only end up with 124 for 8 in 20 overs. Having played out 66 dot balls in the innings, the hosts had pushed themselves against the wall and it would have needed an outstanding bowling effort to deny Pakistan the edge in reply.

On a wicket that was being used for the second time in as many days, Pakistan openers put together 40 runs, dismissing any debate about the slowness of the wicket, if at all. Once Kamran Akmal was dismissed after playing a smart hand of 20 runs, Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam got together for the best partnership of the match, stringing together 70 runs. The duo ran 30 of those runs, while finding the fence quite regularly.

Shehzad raised his 6th T20I fifty in the 16th over and with only 15 more needed to win, he shuffled across too much to be bowled around his legs. The other set batsman in Babar Azam followed his partner back into the hut, having added valuable 38 runs.

Shoaib Malik was joined in by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and they completed the formalities without much hassles. Malik was dropped on 2 but he quickly redeemed himself to hit a four and take the visitors over the line. In the process, the former skipper also became the second-highest run-getter for Pakistan in the shortest format of the game.

Brief Scores: West Indies 124/8 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 40, Carlos Brathwaite 37*; Hasan Ali 2-12, Shadab Khan 2-16) lost to Pakistan 127/3 in 19 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 53, Babar Azam 38; Kesrick Williams 2-16) by seven wickets.

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Another Federer-Nadal Classic: Tennis’s greatest rivalry continues to enthral

In yet another Federer-Nadal classic, the Swiss tennis maestro won the Miami Open to make it his 91st title. Roger Federer was simply too dominant against his old rival Rafael Nadal whom he beat in straight sets (6-3, 6-4). This means that Federer has now won the last four encounters against Rafa, a career hot streak for the Swiss.

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There’s no denying that Federer has had an amazing start to the 2017 season having already won the Australian Open. There is a new care-free approach to his tennis that is really reaping dividends. Federer doesn’t seem to be under any kind of pressure and is clearly enjoying his game. Perhaps this new attitude has something to do with the fact that his time on the tennis court is winding down. Whatever it is, Federer has regained shades of his invincible best.

As far as Rafa is concerned, losing to Federer four times in a row will hurt him. But he also knows that Federer has hit a purple patch which may not last throughout the season. In fact, Rafa too has had a decent start to the season which would have been golden had it not been for Federer. And with the clay court circuit around the corner, Rafa should easily have a few titles under his belt.

All in all, both Federer and Rafa are experiencing a resurgence in their tennis. They look ready to go the distance and compete for all the important tournaments. This is only good news for tennis fans as we can expect more Federer-Nadal match ups in the year ahead.
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Busting myths about female sexuality

We may have come a long way from thinking that women don’t like sex. There still are, however, quite a few myths surrounding female sexuality. And we’re here to bust them!

Women are not as visual as men

What does that even mean? Got eyes, will see. Got an imagination, will fantasise. We may be a little more subtle at the art of showing our appreciation, but we are definitely visual and we sure enjoy a good view.

Orgasms are not important to women

The fact is, we may enjoy sex without climaxing, but that doesn’t mean that orgasms aren’t important to us. Women love the big O as much as the next man and we’d love you even more if you’re able to get us there frequently.

If you’re dry, it means you aren’t turned on

Vaginal dryness could be caused due to a number of things including, but not limited to, condoms, medication and menopause. Also, some women may get wetter than others, and if your body doesn’t produce enough lubrication, that doesn’t mean that you’re not aroused.

Women don’t masturbate

Yes, we totally do, and no, there’s nothing wrong in it. Not only do we masturbate, but we also invest and indulge in toys that help us with it.

Women are unable to have casual sex

It’s not to say that we’re shallow and all that, but we’re very capable of having casual flings and one-night stands, and no-strings-attached sex. We love it if we have an emotional connect with the men we’re with, but sometimes, we can make do without it.
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India is not a racist country, no, it is not!

The niftiest thing about racism in India is that in the mind of its practitioners, it doesn’t exist. Racism in India, that is. Communalism, communism, vegetarianism, hooliganism, casteism, crony capitalism and Mughal-e-Ism, yes. But racism? Not in this country.

How can it, since we have, since the dawn of pre-post-colonialism and other malapropisms, been the victims, and, as far as nationalism goes, been glorious ‘tryst with destiny’ victors against it.

For Indians, who at least don’t ‘look Chinese’, it is that horrid thing that gets Indians beaten up in Australia, Sikhs mistaken for West Asian Islamists in the US, construction workers and maids in the Gulf leading miserable lives, and the Mahatma thrown off the train at Pietermaritzburg.

And in those rare cases when the Indian is actually not the victim, racism is what US President Donald Trump supporters ‘do’ against Mexicans, swathes of the US practised before Jay ‘Success is the Biggest Revenge’ Z became one of America’s B R Ambedkars, and why Nelson Mandela became famous for being the Indian Gandhi. (More on the Mahatma a bit later.)

Last Monday, four Nigerians — Nigerians being from a country in Africa, the way Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in a racist attack in Kansas in February, was from the Asian country of India — were brutally attacked in Greater Noida by a mob. The mob had morphed from a reported group of angry protesters who believed that a Class 12 (Indian) boy died of a drug overdose from drugs allegedly supplied by his Nigerian neighbours.

It is important to note that the four Nigerians beaten up on Monday — or the fifth Nigerian attacked in another part of Greater Noida on Wednesday —and a fifth were detained but released after the police found no evidence against them. Perhaps the mob and the cops can be forgiven, since it is really, really hard for Brown people to differentiate between Black Africans going about their own business and Black Africans peddling drugs. After all, when did another kind of -ism stop enough people from believing that Pakistan actor Fawad Khan also had a hand in the attack on the Indian Army headquarters in Uri, Kashmir?

Since last week’s racist attacks, much has been aired about the traditional Indian prejudice against dark skin, with the usual examples of marriage adverts putting a premium on fair skin and ‘whitening’ creams trotted out. That is, indeed, a prejudice, and a deeply embarrassing one. But not fundamentally different from the ‘traditional aesthetic’ bias for large breasts or — among the ‘hipster’ crowd — big beards.

Racism is both more toxic and, ironically, easier to stamp out. It is more toxic because it not only harbours a prejudice that is cooked in vats of noxious stereotypes, but it’s also regularly acted upon. Racist action can take the form of, as cited by Monday’s victims, name-calling and taunts, restricted entry and inflated prices to more violent forms.

South African social scientist Ashwin Desai and historian Goolam Vahed in their 2015 book, The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire, extensively collate Gandhiji’s own writing in the period in which the future Father of Another Nation lived in South Africa between 1893 and 1914.

In this startling work of scholarship, the writers quote passages where Gandhi had described Black Africans as “savage”, “raw” and living a life of “indolence and nakedness” and making a case through campaigns of being “treated differently” from the indigenous Black population.

So, the bull must be caught by the horns if racism in India is to be tackled with a little more seriousness than via parliamentary condemnation and tut-tuts about creating a bump in India-Africa trade, happy post-colonial ties and other pleasant things between the people of the ‘Great Continent’ and of the ‘Great Subcontinent’. Or rather, the bull must be caught by the horns and put before the cart: by cracking down on racist crime when it takes place in Mother India.

As Monday’s attacks — and countless other anecdotal evidence that goes beyond ‘Africans’ and includes fellow Indians from the northeastern part of the country — point to once again, the functionaries of law and order find these ‘crimes’ to be nothing but ‘incidents’ in a country where you don’t either have to be ‘kaalu’ or a ‘chinky’ to face a lynch mob. And ‘incidents’, as we all know, get taken as seriously as a prospective paying guest with a name that can be so hard to pronounce.
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About 2001

What more can be said about 2001: A Space Odyssey? This month celebrating its 45th anniversary, it’s one of the most influential science fiction films ever made — with its DNA spliced and replicated in a host of other films from Blade Runner to Inception — despite being so very singular. It transformed sci-fi from the sex-and-monsters exploitation schlock that glutted the genre in much of the ‘60s and showed that sci-fi could be transcendent and spiritual. It baffled many upon its first release — Pauline Kael and Stanley Kauffman were among its high-profile detractors, while Steven Spielberg called it the “big bang” for his generation of filmmakers. Its meanings have been so endlessly scrutinized and dissected that any further analysis seems redundant. And yet, there are so many details about its origins, production, and initial release that you probably don’t know. Here are 20 things about 2001: A Space Odyssey that we’re guessing you’ve never heard of before. You’re welcome.

1. Though 2001: A Space Odyssey and the novel of the same title were conceived at the same time, Kubrick didn’t think at first that sci-fi novelist Arthur C. Clarke would be willing to take on the job. The science fiction writer was living in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and was thought to be a recluse. When his agent telegraphed him about the offer to work on Kubrick’s project, Clarke’s response was, “Frightfully interested in working with enfant terrible… what makes Kubrick think I’m a recluse?”

2. Alternate titles considered for the project early on were Journey Beyond the Stars, Universe, Tunnel to the Stars, Planetfall, and How the Solar System Was Won. The last was a reference to MGM’s 1962 epic Western How the West Was Won, which 2001: A Space Odyssey was originally going to copy by using that film’s three-camera super-widescreen Cinerama format.

3. Though the 2001: A Space Odyssey novel, released shortly after the film in 1968, only listed Clarke as its author, originally, the film’s screenplay was going to be credited to “Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke,” while the novel would list “Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick” as its authors.

4. In his book The Cosmic Connection, celebrity astronomer Carl Sagan wrote that Kubrick and Clarke asked him how they should portray extraterrestrial life. They had been thinking about showing the aliens that transform astronaut Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) into the Star Child as humanoid themselves. But Sagan said that the chances of alien life looking like humans would be so remote that to include human-looking aliens in the film would immediately render it false. So Kubrick and Clarke decided not to show the aliens at all.

5. HAL 9000 was originally to have had a female persona and to have been named Athena. A female HAL (named SAL, of course) does appear in the completely un-Kubrickian sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

6. There was originally going to be a lot of voiceover in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which would have made certain plot points much more obvious. For instance, the satellites orbiting Earth were originally to have been specifically identified as carrying nuclear weapons. That means that the famous million-years-spanning match cut of the bone the ape tossed in the air to the shot of the satellite wouldn’t have indicated how far humankind had come as how little it has changed, at least when it comes to our love of weapons.

7. 2001 was originally going to have ended like Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, with the Star Child detonating the nuclear bombs that humanity has in orbit. However, a fireworks show of nuclear blasts was thought to be too similar to the ending of Kubrick’s previous film, Dr. Strangelove.

8. The Discovery’s final destination was originally going to be Saturn, but special effects guru Douglass Trumbull and his team weren’t able to make convincing-looking rings, so Jupiter became the last stop instead.

9. Pavel Klushantsev, a Russian documentary filmmaker of the 1950s, strongly influenced Kubrick’s vision of weightlessness in space — and the idea of a spinning space station — with his film Road to the Stars. 2001: A Space Odyssey, in turn, would influence Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky to make Solaris, which the director intended as a humanistic response to Kubrick’s film, which he thought was antiseptic.

10. For the famous shot of the astronaut running around the circumference of the cylindrical Discovery fuselage, Kubrick commissioned a 30-ton rotating “Ferris wheel” to be built, at the cost of $750,000, that would make it look like the astronaut was at times running upside down.

11. The movie was originally to have opened with a 10-minute black-and-white prologue featuring interviews with real-life scientists like Freeman Dyson discussing alien life. (Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will know Freeman Dyson for his work in hypothesizing a Dyson Sphere, a massive structure that theoretically could be built around and enclose a star.) After MGM execs balked, that beginning was deleted.

12. All the deleted footage other than the 17 minutes of scenes that Kubrick subsequently cut after 2001’s April 1968 premiere in Washington D.C., including that 10-minute documentary prologue, he had burned shortly before the director’s death, in order to prevent posthumous reedits or “deleted scenes” to be included on future DVD releases.

13. Kubrick had all of 2001’s sets, props, and miniatures destroyed so they would never be able to be recycled for future movies, the way Forbidden Planet’s props surfaced in later films.

14. Unused Stargate footage from the end of 2001 made its way into the instrumental “Flying” sequence in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie.

15. Ray Bradbury shared Andrei Tarkovsky’s view that 2001 is anti-humanistic, suggesting that audiences don’t care, or aren’t supposed to care, when astronaut Frank Poole dies.

16. George Lucas stated upfront in 1977 that he thought 2001 was better than Star Wars. He said, “Stanley Kubrick made the ultimate science fiction movie, and it is going to be very hard for someone to come along and make a better movie, as far as I’m concerned. On a technical level, [Star Wars] can be compared, but personally I think that 2001 is far superior.”

17. As part of their legal defense that Samsung had not stolen Apple’s design for the iPad, Samsung’s lawyers pointed to the tablet computers used in 2001 as “prior art.” Specifically, their legal brief said the following: “Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. As with the design claimed by the [Apple iPad] Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.”

18. Rock Hudson was among those mystified at 2001’s L.A. premiere at the Pantages Theater. Roger Ebert, in attendance, bears witness that Hudson said, upon storming out before it had ended, “Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?”

19. Malcolm McDowell’s Alex De Large sees a soundtrack album for 2001 when he enters a record shop in A Clockwork Orange.

20. Conspiracy theorists — like one featured in Room 237, the new documentary about the multitude of diverse readings that fans hold regarding Kubrick’s later film The Shining — suggest that NASA commissioned Kubrick to stage the moon landing footage after seeing 2001. However, they ignore the most important bit of evidence that debunks that idea: the moon footage would have looked a hell of a lot better if Kubrick really had directed it.

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‘N SYNC star Chris Kirkpatrick Set to Become a Dad

Former ‘N Sync star Chris Kirkpatrick is set to become the latest member of the boy band to welcome a child.

The singer and his wife Karly are expecting their first kid together.

The couple confirmed to People magazine the baby is due in October (17), and the parents-to-be shared an adorable photoshopped snap of a poster for Alec Baldwin’s new animated movie The Boss Baby that reads, “Baby Kirkpatrick”.

Karly added the caption: “There is a new boss coming to town in early October…”

https://t.co/iFfsrvgTkZ — Chris Kirkpatrick (@IamCKirkpatrick) March 31, 2017

“Karly and I are over the moon excited that we are welcoming a new addition to the family,” the 45-year-old singer revealed. “We are both looking forward to becoming parents, and learning how much fun having a child will be.”

The couple wed in 2013.

His baby will join Justin Timberlake’s son Silas and Joey Fatone’s daughters Brianna and Kloey as the boy band’s offspring.
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15 Actors You Didn’t Know Almost Starred in ‘Friends’

1 Jane Krakowski – Rachel and Phoebe Getty Images Jane revealed to Giuliana Rancic at the 2015 Emmys that she auditioned to play the part made iconic by Jennifer Aniston. “I, like almost every actor in the world, auditioned for Friends,” she said. “I wish I had gotten that one. I actually auditioned for Rachel and didn’t go very far.” It’s also been said that show creators had Jane in mind for the role of Phoebe, too!

2 Ellen DeGeneres – Phoebe Getty Images The famous funny lady was actually the producers’ first choice to play quirky Phoebe Buffay, but Ellen turned the role down. She’s since gone on to be the daytime talk show queen with her own show, as well as one of the funniest people on the planet.

3 Leah Remini – Monica Getty Images The King of Queens star also auditioned to play Monica but was ultimately not chosen. Leah did appear on the show, though, in the episode “The One With the Birth” when Ross welcomes his son Ben into the world.

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4 Jon Cryer – Chandler Getty Images The future Two and a Half Men star revealed in an interview: “I was doing a play in London and got a call at 3 a.m. saying ‘We’ve got this show called Six of One (the working title of Friends), and we’d really like you to audition for it. So they faxed me the script, and I said, ‘Sure, I’d love to go in on this.’ I went in and read with a British casting person; they took the tape and said they’d get it to L.A. So I went home, and a few days later was told the tape didn’t get there in time for the network executives to see.” Bummer!

5 Jane Lynch – Phoebe Getty Images Jane Lynch went on to mega-fame as Sue Sylvester on Glee, but it’s rumored she auditioned for the role of Phoebe years prior. Wish we could see that audition tape!

6 Kathy Griffin – Phoebe Getty Images The comedian was at the forefront of producers’ minds when doing initial casting for the show, but was ultimately not chosen. Could you imagine Phoebe with fiery red hair?!

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7 Elizabeth Berkley – Rachel Splash News After winning audiences’ hearts as do-gooder Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell, but before shocking the world with her racy role as Nomi Malone in cult classic Showgirls, Elizabeth auditioned for the role of Rachel on Friends! She definitely had the gorgeous hair and the charm for it!

8 Jon Favreau – Chandler Getty Images The actor and director was offered the role of Chandler but turned it down to focus on other projects. True Friends fans will recognize him as Monica’s super rich boyfriend (and wannabe cage fighter) Pete.

9 Tea Leoni – Rachel Getty Images Show producers strongly considered Tea for the role of Rachel, but she turned down the part to star in another show, called The Naked Truth. That show was cancelled during its third season and is largely forgotten about, so we say she didn’t make the best choice there. Oh well!

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10 Nancy McKeon – Monica Splash News A former head of casting at NBC said that The Facts of Life star also read for the part of Monica. “She gave a terrific performance,” she explained, and all were torn, so “they went off for a walk and came back and said Courteney.” Ouch!

11 Hank Azaria – Joey Getty Images The actor has had many successful roles in huge movies, but couldn’t catch a break with Friends producers. He explained: “I went and auditioned for Joey and got rejected. But – and this was the first and only time I’ve done this – I asked to go back in. I said, ‘I know you said ‘no’ to me once, but I just want to try it again, because I like that show that much.’ And I went back in… And I got another very quick ‘no.’ As quick as the first time.” Yikes.

12 Eric McCormack – Ross Getty Images Before his star-making role on Will and Grace, Eric apparently came very close to being Ross Geller. He even had multiple auditions!

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13 Craig Bierko – Chandler Getty Images Matthew Perry. He read the script and passed, but was not chosen in the end. Writers later revealed that, for the role of beloved Chandler: “We brought everybody in. We were so sure that Chandler would be the easiest part to cast. It’s got the most joke jokes. It’s sarcastic and kind of quippy, but no one could do it. No one.” The closest they got was Craig, who was apparently coached by. He read the script and passed, but was not chosen in the end.

14 Janeane Garofalo – Monica Getty Images The Friends writers and producers had a different idea in mind for the uptight and hilarious Monica Geller. “When we originally wrote the role, we had Janeane Garofalo’s voice in our head,” said show creator David Crane. “Darker and edgier and snarkier.”
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