TURN­ING TO TRIED, TESTED PAIRS

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.

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

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

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

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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)

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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

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