As Ajay Devgn and Neeraj Pandey team up for Chanakya, we take a look at a few other fresh, in­ter­est­ing di­rec­tor­ac­tor part­ner­ships

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New part­ner­ships are al­ways ex­cit­ing and the same holds true for the film in­dus­try as well. How else would you ex­plain that the trade world is — as Taran Adarsh puts it — “very ex­cited” about Ajay Devgn’s next, Chanakya (po­lit­i­cal thinker and econ­o­mist) with Baby (2015) di­rec­tor Neeraj Pandey? And it’s not just Ajay-Neeraj. A num­ber of other fresh di­rec­tor-ac­tor pairs are also set to serve ex­cit­ing cin­e­matic fare.


Shah Rukh Khan will be seen as a dwarf in Aanand L Rai’s big­gie, Zero and is re­port­edly also set to play as­tro­naut Rakesh Sharma in Ma­hesh Mathai’s Salute.

Ak­shay Ku­mar will re­port­edly team up with Chan­draprkash Dwivedi for a film on warrior king Prithvi­raj Chauhan. Ran­veer Singh plays a cop in Ro­hit Shetty’s next,

Simm a; and a street rap­per in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. The same film will also see Alia Bhatt as his co-star. Alia will also be seen in Ayan Muk­erji’s am­bi­tious su­per­hero film, Brah­mas­tra along­side Ran­bir Kapoor, who will be seen as a da­coit in Karan Mal­ho­tra’s Shamshera.

“Such part­ner­ships al­ways yield great re­sults be­cause it’s an amal­ga­ma­tion of two dis­tinct minds and dif­fer­ent sen­si­bil­i­ties. In such cases, di­rec­tors can bring an ac­tor out of their com­fort zone and show­case a com­pletely new side of their histri­onic skills,” says trade ex­pert Adarsh.

Adarsh seems to have a point, as Varun Dhawan en­joys his first tryst with a pe­riod film, in Ab­hishek Var­man’s Kalank. While Ar­jun Kapoor will be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s his­tor­i­cal drama, Pa­ni­pat, Shahid Kapoor will turn into a boxer for Raja Kr­ishna Menon’s next. “It brings in an ab­so­lutely fresh flavour and new cin­e­matic lan­guage. Also, such di­rec­torac­tor pair­ings are es­sen­tial for our film in­dus­try as it can help push the en­ve­lope when it comes to a novel style of sto­ry­telling,” says ex­hibitor-dis­trib­u­tor Ak­shaye Rathi.


Ac­tors, on their part, are “very ex­cited” about team­ing up with di­rec­tors they haven’t worked with be­fore. Ran­veer tells us: “I used to dream that one day, I’d do a film with Ro­hit Shetty, and now I’m do­ing it. It feels great that all this is hap­pen­ing in the same year as Pad­maa­vat.” Talk­ing of Gully Boy, Alia says: “In Zoya’s film, I play a very dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter — one that I have never played be­fore so I am re­ally kicked about that.”

Rai, on the other hand, feels SRK is the “best new­comer” a di­rec­tor can ever work with. “I don’t know how he man­ages to keep thin simpl Only a young new­comer will give you this feel­ing, and say, ‘yeh bhi kar loon, ‘yeh bhi kar leta hoon’, or ‘aise kar ke dikhaun kya’ What I am learn­ing from him through this en­tire process is that every time you come [on the sets]; you be­have as if it’s your first film,” says Rai, even as Shetty tells us: “I am very ex­cited with the way Simmba is turn­ing out to be with Ran­veer.”

Ran­veer Singh has paired up with Ro­hit Shetty for his next film, Simmba

(Be­low) Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L Rai have wrapped up shoot­ing for their next re­lease, Zero

Ajay Devgn and Neeraj Pandey are go­ing to work on Chanakya

(Be­low) Alia Bhatt has shot for Gully Boy, di­rected by Zoya Akhtar; (be­low left) Ak­shay Ku­mar re­port­edly set to work with Chan­draprakash Dwivedi on a film based on Prithvi­raj Chauhan


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