They last worked together in Khoobsurat (2014). Now, rumours suggest that Shashanka Ghosh will direct a Hindi remake of the 1998 film, Run Lola Run, which is likely to feature Sonam Kapoor. Several other Bollywood actresses, too, are set to team up with directors, with whom they have had successful associations in the past. So, Alia Bhatt, who last worked with director Shashank Khaitan in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), will team up again with him for Badrinath Ki Dulhania.On the other hand, Shraddha Kapoor will collaborate with her Aashiqui 2 (2013) director, Mohit Suri, for his next, which is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel, Half Girlfriend.
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Is it the success of the last film that drives film-makers to get the same actors on board again? “Repeating actors is completely script-specific. They ought to fit the storyline and should not be cast just for the heck of it. The biggest plus point is that after working on a film together, there is a higher trust level between the actor and the director,” says Shashanka.
Like the makers, even actors are pleased to be in the “comfort zones”. “I am very excited [about the film]. Mohit is a very good friend of mine,” says Shraddha. That could be the reason why Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra, too, are likely to work with makers who have directed them in the past. While Kangana is likely to play a chef in film-maker Vikas Bahl’s next, Priyanka is rumoured to team up with her Bajirao Mastani (2015) director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
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“When a director and an actor work together for the second time, they are aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. So, they can use these strengths in a better way,” says Shashank.
Citing examples of director-actor pairs like Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, Bhansali and Ranveer Singh, and Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, experts add that when you have “already worked with each other, there’s better camaraderie.” “And it means that there is an understanding between them with regards to their vision,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra.
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