A look at fresh Bol­ly­wood pair­ings that are be­ing lapped up by film au­di­ences

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

The evolv­ing cin­ema au­di­ence isn’t just wel­com­ing fresh con­tent and themes, but also never-seen-be­fore pair­ings in films. The con­cept of fresh co-stars made its pres­ence felt with Air­lift, Ki & Ka, Baaghi and Dear Zindagi, last year. And the au­di­ences are lov­ing it in 2017, too.

Most re­cently, Akshay Ku­mar worked with Bhumi Ped­nekar in Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, and with Huma Qureshi in Jolly LLB 2. Kriti Sanon and Ayush­mann Khur­rana starred in Bareilly Ki Barfi, Ar­jun Kapoor ro­manced Ileana D’Cruz and Shrad­dha Kapoor in Mubarakan and Half Girl­friend re­spec­tively, while Ir­rfan starred along­side Pak­istani ac­tor Saba Qa­mar in Hindi Medium. The new pair­ing of Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gau­tam in Kaa­bil also got a thumbs-up.

“If two pop­u­lar ac­tors come to­gether, it’s an ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion for au­di­ences as such pair­ings bring in a lot of nov­elty that adds to a film’s wide ap­peal,” says ex­hibitor-dis­trib­u­tor Akshaye Rathi.

Ac­tors, too, en­joy break­ing the ice with new co-stars. “Work­ing with Hrithik has been one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences be­cause he is a lovely per­son, so self­less and col­lab­o­ra­tive,” says Yami. Bhumi felt the same. “Akshay made ev­ery­thing very easy. He doesn’t try and in­tim­i­date you, as he comes down to your level as a friend, and he ex­pects you to treat him like that,” says Bhoomi.

All praise for Ar­jun, Shrad­dha shares, “He is very en­ter­tain­ing, hard-work­ing; and off cam­era, he has a very good sense of hu­mour. It was a blast work­ing with him.”


(Clock­wise from top, left) This year’s fresh pair­ings in­clude Hrithik-Yami, Akshay-Bhumi, and Kriti-Ayush­mann

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