Fresh pairings are the norm this season. What’s more, filmmakers are going a step ahead to grab eyeballs by introducing unusual pairings in their films. And it’s not just new filmmakers, even established names, who are known to work with a particular set of actors, have taken to this trend.
Thus, filmmaker Aditya Chopra who usually works with actor Shah Rukh Khan has traded him for a much younger Ranveer Singh in his next directorial venture, Befikre. And one film old, Vani Kapoor has been cast alongside Singh in this romantic drama. An ecstatic Ranveer says, “It’s a matter of great pride for me to be playing Aditya Chopra’s next leading man. It’s an honour for me to be cast after Shah Rukh Khan in his films.”
R Balki who has admitted that Amitabh Bachchan was his go-to actor for his films has chosen Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan for his next film, Ki and Ka. Speaking about the unusual pairing, Kareena was recently quoted as saying, “The odd pairing works because there is something about it which is very organic.”
Ditto for Karan Johar who has taken a break from working with SRK and has chosen to work with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in his next directorial, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The added advantage of having an odd pairing is that it creates a mystery element. While everyone knows the film is a love triangle, Karan isn’t willing to reveal more.
Ashutosh Gowariker is also pairing Hrithik Roshan with newbie Pooja Hegde in his next project - an epic adventure romance.
R Balki’s wife, Gauri Shinde is pairing Alia Bhatt with Shah Rukh Khan and Vishal Bharadwaj is working with recent favourite Shahid Kapoor and pairing him with Kangana Ranaut. Maneesh Sharma has also opted to pair Shah Rukh Khan with rank newcomer Waluscha De Souza.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh calls it a welcome trend. “It is nice to see that filmmakers are opting for different and new faces even after making a successful film with established actors. This helps the filmmaker grow and it is a healthy sign.”