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Two-hero films can never be­come a thing of the past. Get set for a host of films on the hit for­mula

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

PHOTO: SHAKTI YA­DAV

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

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