It’s the sea­son of dou­ble de­light as younger stars join their se­niors

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh ■ h h@h l

hav ve al­ways been his fan, and he hhas al­ways treated me like a yoounger brother.” That’s ow w Ran­bir Kapoor ex­plains is s equa­tion with San­jay utt. A num­ber of other ounger ac­tors, in­clud­ing Varun Dhawan, feel the ame a way about Dutt. nter­est­ingly, not many may av ve no­ticed that the se­nior ctor r hap­pens to be a com­mon conn nect be­tween Ran­bir and Varu un, as Dutt is set to work with them in Shamshera and Kalank, re­spec­tively.

More ac­tors have ei­ther re­cently worked with or are about to start work on a film costar­ring a hero who’s their se­nior. Aamir Khan will be seen with Amitabh Bachchan — whom he calls his “icon” — for the first time in their next, Thugs of Hin­dostan. “I’m too thrilled to be work­ing with the ac­tor I’ve ad­mired all my life,” says Aamir. On team­ing up with Ran­bir, Dutt says, “When I heard Karan’s (Mal­ho­tra, di­rec­tor) idea to pit Ran­bir against me, I thought it was just bril­liant.” Re­cently, Varun and Shah Rukh Khan worked to­gether in Dil­wale, while Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra shared screen space with Ak­shay Ku­mar in Broth­ers.

Ex­perts feel that such com­bi­na­tions “have al­ways ex­cited” view­ers. “With such set-ups, you au­to­mat­i­cally tap into a big­gergg fan base. Also, for au­di­ences, it be­comes more of a paisa-va­sool film. The in­ter­est lev­els and ex­cite­ment of film­go­ers go up. But these cast­ing coups must be backed up with a solid script,” says ex­hibitor-dis­trib­u­tor Ak­shaye Rathi.

Ac­tors, on their part, feel it’s a “great learn­ing process” for them. “Un­til you work with other peo­ple, how will you grow as an artist? That’s very im­por­tant. So, things are ex­cit­ing for me as well. Plus, if I am a movie-goer, and I see a hero in four films in one year, I will get bored. In Dishoom, I worked with a bona fide ac­tion star such as John Abra­ham, so I learnt a lot,” says Varun.

In re­cent years, films such as Raa­jneeti (Ajay and Ran­bir), Ran­goon (Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor), Baad­shaho (Ajay Devgn and Em­raan Hashmi), and the Once Upon A Time In Mum­bai series (AjayEm­raan and Ak­shay-Im­ran Khan) saw younger ac­tors team­ing up with their se­niors. “It’s a feast for au­di­ences to see two or more big ac­tors in one film. Mul­ti­ple ac­tors in­crease the cred­i­bil­ity and sheer strength of a film,” says trade an­a­lyst Taran Adarsh.

Film­mak­ers swear by the fact that they cast ac­tors “as per the script’s de­mand”. As Mal­ho­tra puts it, “In my film, Shamshera (Ran­bir) is a fe­ro­cious, fear­less char­ac­ter. So, his nemesis (Dutt) had to be even more fierce and mon­u­men­tal. Who bet­ter than San­jay sir for that im­pact?”

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