In a bid to belt out a hit, film­mak­ers are sign­ing up lead jodis who have been suc­cess­ful at the box of­fice in the past

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While 2017 will see a whole lot of fresh pair­ings in Bol­ly­wood films, there are quite a few lead ac­tors who would be team­ing up, yet again. Film­maker Aanand L Rai has roped in ac­tors Ayush­mann Khur­rana and Bhumi Ped­nekar for his up­com­ing film. The two were lauded as a mar­ried cou­ple in Bhumi’s de­but Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). Ac­tors Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, who worked in Anushka’s de­but Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), have teamed up for Im­tiaz Ali’s next. Ak­shay Ku­mar will share screen space with Amy Jack­son in a sci-fi thriller after he co-starred with her in Singh Is Bling (2015). Clearly, tried and tested pairs are a hit among film­mak­ers, and they’re stick­ing to it. Speak­ing about the trend, trade an­a­lyst Amul Mo­han says, “If you cast some­one new there’s a risk be­cause you don’t know how the chem­istry will be. But when stars have worked be­fore, and belted a hit, film­mak­ers know the pair­ing will work.” And do tried and tested pairs work with the au­di­ence too? Ayush­mann says, “Of course there’s ex­cite­ment when it comes to see­ing a hit pair to­gether. But, they have to bring some­thing dif­fer­ent on screen in the sec­ond out­ing, and the con­tent has to be good.” Film­maker Homi Ada­ja­nia, who di­rected Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in Cock­tail (2012) after au­di­ences loved them in Love Aaj Kal (2009), agrees that at the end it all amounts to the strength of the con­tent. “If a lead pair has worked out well be­fore, the au­di­ence will ob­vi­ously be more ac­cept­ing of the com­bi­na­tion, but yet it’ll all de­pend on how good the nar­ra­tive is and whether it helps en­hance the chem­istry of the lead­ing pair.” How­ever, ac­tor Sana Khan feels the film busi­ness is un­pre­dictable and there can’t be a set for­mula. “Some lead pairs have given back-to-back hits, while oth­ers have failed,” she says.


Ayush­mann Khur­rana and Bhumi Ped­nekar will work to­gether in Aanand L Rai’s next after Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)


Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shrad­dha Kapoor worked in OK Jaanu after their hit Aashiqui 2 (2013)


Sal­man Khan and Ka­t­rina Kaif have an out­ing this year after sev­eral hits to­gether


Ak­shay Ku­mar will star with Amy Jack­son again this year after Singh is Bli­ing (2015)

Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan worked in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and then again in Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)


Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are pair­ing up after Humpty Sharma ki Dul­ha­nia (2014)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.