BOL­LY­WOOD HIT PAIRS ARE BACK

Fe­male ac­tors again pair up with male leads with whom they hit the big league

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

Ac­tors Ar­jun Kapoor and Pari­neeta Cho­pra had be­come a hit pair with their film Ishaqza­ade (2012), which was his Bol­ly­wood de­but and her first lead role. This year, they’re a pair again with Dibakar Banerjee’s next film, San­deep Aur Pinky Faraar.

“There’s so much of give-and-take be­tween us,” says Pari­neeti about Ar­jun. She adds that her friend­ship with Ar­jun is “just too supreme”.

In­ter­est­ingly, a num­ber of other fe­male ac­tors are also pair­ing up with the male stars with whom they had their first ma­jor role (in a de­but film or oth­er­wise). Bhumi Ped­nekar, who de­buted with Ayush­mann Khur­rana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, will be back with him in Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han; Anushka Sharma has two films lined up with Shah Rukh Khan (Jab Harry Met Se­jal; and Aanand L. Rai’s next ven­ture), with whom she de­buted in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi; and Ka­t­rina Kaif, whose first big Bol­ly­wood role, in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?, was with Sal­man Khan, again pairs up with him in Tiger Zinda Hai. More­over, Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra and Alia Bhatt, who de­buted to­gether in Stu­dent of the Year, are likely to be seen to­gether in Aashiqui 3.

“The ex­pla­na­tion is very sim­ple: if some­thing has worked well, why fid­dle with it too much? Go­ing by that logic, film­mak­ers re­peat a tried-and-tested pair. But the cast­ing must be backed by strong con­tent,” says ex­hibitor-dis­trib­u­tor Ak­shaye Rathi.

Alia says, “They’ve been work­ing on the script. Yes, I’ll do the film as I love the con­cept, but they have to get the script, so that we can talk in a con­crete man­ner.”

Ac­tors say that work­ing with their for­mer co-stars is “a big help.” Anushka says, “My re­la­tion­ship with [Shah Rukh] has grown over the years. We’ve worked to­gether and known each other for a long time now… He has had so many life ex­pe­ri­ences, and I en­joy that kind of a friend­ship with him.”

PHOTO: ATUL KASBEKAR

PHOTO: KU­NAL PATIL/HT

From top: Ar­jun Kapoor and Pari­neeti Cho­pra; Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan; Sal­man Khan and Ka­t­rina Kaif; and Bhumi Ped­nekar and Ayush­mann Khur­rana

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