DOUBLE THE TESTOSTERONE
Two-hero films can never become a thing of the past. Get set for a host of films on the hit formula
Get ready for a double bonanza, as a slew of Bollywood films offer two-hero entertainment à la Andaz (1949), Sholay (1975), Dostana (1980), Andaz Apna Apna (1994) and Karan Arjun (1995).
Ranveer Singh will work with either Shahid Kapoor or Shah Rukh Khan (the official announcement is awaited) for the first time in Padmavati. Add to that Rangoon (Saif Ali Khan and Shahid), Happy Bhag Jaayegi (Abhay Deol and Jimmy Shergill), Rock On 2 (Farhan Akhtar and Arjun Rampal) and Badshaho (Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi).
Varun Dhawan, who stars alongside John Abraham in Dishoom, says: “That’s how you grow as an artist. Who better than John to learn action from?” says Varun, who shared screenspace with SRK in Dilwale, last year.
Trade experts give their thumbs up to the trend. “The audience gets to watch two heroes at one ticket’s price. And contrary to belief, for makers too, the project doesn’t become more costly, as most of the times, the heroes aren’t of the same stature,” says Amod Mehra. But a filmmaker needs to be prepared for ego clashes. “That can happen, but no one wants to miss out on a hit film. Besides, actors know that an able director will take care of everything,” says Komal Nahta.
And anyway, the formula is tried-and-tested. Films such as Desi Boyz (2011; Akshay Kumar and John), Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2010; Ajay and Emraan), Student Of The Year (2012; Varun and Sidharth Malhotra), Gunday (2014; Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer) and Brothers (2015; Akshay Kumar and Sidharth), all fared well at the box office.
Varun Dhawan and John Abraham are co-stars in Dishoom
Shahid Kapoor will work with Saif Ali Khan in Rangoon for the first time; (below) Farhan Akhtar and Arjun Rampal will reprise their bromance in Rock On 2