Get ready for a whole lot of movies that will dou­ble the ac­tion with two he­roes or hero­ines

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In the latest buzz about Bol­ly­wood, Hrithik Roshan has agreed to star in di­rec­tor Vi­jay Kr­ishna Acharya’s next pro­ject, which will have two lead­ing ladies. And it’s not just Hrithik who will be fea­tured with two stars in the same film — the com­ing months will wit­ness many flicks fea­tur­ing ei­ther two he­roes or hero­ines.

So if Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani has Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Cho­pra (along­side Ran­veer Singh), Broth­ers will see Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez with Ak­shay Ku­mar and Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra. Sim­i­larly, Shah Rukh Khan and Varun Dhawan will share screen space in Dil­wale, and so will Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor in Rangoon. Also, Varun is work­ing with John Abra­ham in Dishoom while Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) stars Aish­warya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma (along­side Ran­bir Kapoor).

Ex­perts find it a ‘prof­itable’ align­ment. “This has a di­rect im­pact on a film’s col­lec­tions, as the fan bases of two stars get merged,” says ex­hibitor-dis­trib­u­tor Ak­shaye Rathi. “But you won’t know how many two- hero/ hero­ine projects the same ac­tors must be say­ing no to,” says trade an­a­lyst Ko­mal Nahta. He adds, “Also, it’s a cy­cle. So if solo hero films worked at one point, multi- star­rers soon be­came a favourite. And now, it’s the turn of two he­roes or hero­ines. I’m sure some­one like Varun won’t mind if Shah Rukh gets a lit­tle more space in Dil­wale than him.” Varun tes­ti­fies that. Call­ing it an “amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity”, the ac­tor says, “I am not in­se­cure. I am so ex­cited about work­ing with SRK the ac­tor.”

Although Bol­ly­wood has wit­nessed twin leads in yes­ter­year films such as An­daz ( 1949), Waqt ( 1965), Dee­war ( 1975), Sil­sila ( 1981) and Karan Ar­jun ( 1995), late 90s on­wards, such films be­came few and far in be­tween. Film­mak­ers, on their part, in­sist they go by the re­quire­ment of the script. “The cast­ing calls are fully script and char­ac­ter- driven,” says Karan Jo­har, di­rec­tor of ADHM.

Clock­wise: Deepika-Priyanka, Kriti Sanon-Ka­jol and Shahid-Saif are some of the ac­tor pairs that will be seen as leads in up­com­ing big-ticket flicks

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