OLD IS GOLD, BUT WILL NEW JODIS ROCK TOO?

Ex­perts say that fresh pairs and hit jodis will keep Bol­ly­wood’s cash register ring­ing this sea­son

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van ■ sneha. ma­hade­van@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

A flurry of Bol­ly­wood films with never-seen-be­fore lead pairs will re­lease in the next two months, while the fes­tive sea­son will see a bunch of big-bud­get films with tried and tested pairs on screen. And ex­perts feel that the mix will help the box of­fice garner big rev­enue.

The fresh pairs in­clude Saif Ali Khan and Ka­t­rina Kaif, who will be seen in Kabir Khan’s next, Kan­gana Ra­naut and Im­ran Khan as well as John Abra­ham and Shruti Haasan in the se­quel of the hit film Welcome (2007). Among the hit jodis, Ran­bir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Ta­masha, Ran­veer Singh and Deepika in Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani and Shah Rukh Khan and Ka­jol in Dil­wale, will be seen to­gether.

Talk­ing about how a fresh pair helps a film, trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han says, “The au­di­ence to­day wants ev­ery­thing to be new – be it scripts, sto­ry­line or the ac­tors. A new pair cre­ates ex­tra in­ter­est that trans­lates into more busi­ness.” Trade an­a­lyst Ko­mal Nahta adds, “The au­di­ence wants an en­tire pack­age, only the hero and hero­ine can’t pull off a film. How­ever, dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son when big bud­get films re­lease, a tried and tested pair works bet­ter.”

Film­maker Sab­bir Khan, who has worked with both new­com­ers and hit pairs, says: “Ob­vi­ously, both have their pros and cons but I get ex­cited when a film with a fresh pair re­leases. How­ever, I don’t mind watch­ing SRK and Ka­jol to­gether.” Shashank Khai­tan, who di­rected Humpty Sharma Ki Dul­ha­nia (2014), cast ac­tors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan af­ter their first hit Stu­dent of the Year (2012), says, “If a hit pair doesn’t suit the script, it can back­fire. Ac­tors are mov­ing out of their com­fort zones and there will only be more ex­per­i­ments now.”

Ka­t­rina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan; John Abra­ham and Shruti Haasan (right)

Deepika Padukone and Ran­bir Kapoor (top); Kan­gana Ra­naut and Im­ran Khan

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