HIT PAIRS: BAAR BAAR DEKHO

Watch out for a re­peat of your favourite on­screen jodis as film­mak­ers can’t have enough of them

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Back in the 40s-50s, late Raj Kapoor and Nar­gis starred to­gether in 16 hits in­clud­ing Barsaat (1949), Awara (1951) and Shree 420 (1955). A men­tion of hit pairs is in­com­plete with­out jodis of Dev Anand-Wa­heeda Rehman, Dhar­men­dra-Hema Malini, Amitabh BachchanRekha and Shah Rukh KhanKa­jol. The al­lure of a hit pair is still as strong. How else would you ex­plain a num­ber of hit, young pairs get­ting re­peated by film­mak­ers of late?

Sushant Singh Ra­jput will star with Pari­neeti Cho­pra, after Shuddh Desi Ro­mance, in Takadum, Aditya Roy Ka­pur has wrapped up work on OK Jaanu with Shraddha Kapoor. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are back to­gether in Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia (BKD) after Stu­dent Of The Year and Humpty Sharma Ki Dul­ha­nia, and Ranbir Kapoor will team up with Anushka Sharma in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil; and Ka­t­rina Kaif in Jagga Ja­soos. He ear­lier worked with Anushka in Bom­bay Vel­vet and with Kat in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Ka­haani and Raa­jneeti.

BKD direc­tor Shashank Khai­tan says cast­ing a hit pair makes things eas­ier for a di­rec­tors as the ac­tors know each other’s strengths and weak­nesses. “They can pick up from where they had left off in their last film. Since there’s no break­ing of ice, one can fo­cus on the char­ac­ters and push­ing the en­ve­lope.”

Ac­tors agree that a great pair­ing can go a long way in a film’s fi­nal out­come. “Ours is a chal­leng­ing script and Homi doesn’t com­pro­mise on any­thing. The act­ing skills that Pari has can only do jus­tice to her role,” says Sushant. Varun and Alia make a sim­i­lar point. “We share a great re­la­tion­ship; we keep fight­ing and mak­ing up,” he says, while Alia adds: “Varun al­ways wants to push him­self and do more, which makes me push my­self more.”

Ranveer Singh, who is be­lieved to have bagged San­jay Leela Bhansali’s next Pad­ma­vati along with ru­moured fi­ancée Deepika Padukone, says: “The day I know that I am go­ing to do a scene with Deepika; I am not wor­ried as I know that I can trust her. She is a very giv­ing and sup­port­ive ac­tor,” says Ranveer, who has worked with Deepika in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani. ■

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Sushant Singh Ra­jput Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt; (right) Pari­neeti Cho­pra

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor

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