Deewar to Brothers: Why sibling rivalry is a hit in Bollywood

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 22:59 IST
Actors Akshay Kumar, left, and Sidharth Malhotra attend a press conference of their upcoming movie Brothers in Ahmadabad. The film is scheduled to release on August 14. (AP Photo)

It is one fail-proof formula Bollywood's been milking for years now. If Yash Chopra's cult classic Deewar in the 1970s introduced us to the depressing thought of two brothers slugging it out, director Karan Malhotra's debut film, Brothers, promises to add to an impressive list of films based on sibling rivalry.

And with two of Bollywood's most bankable stars in the cast -- Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra -- this is one film that has managed to create a buzz in the hangover left behind by Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Here's taking a look at some other hit Hindi films based on sibling rivalry.

Deewar (1975)

Yash Chopra’s classic film is a lesson in direction and screenplay. Every frame of the film is a story in itself. Almost every moment takes the temperature to a new high. Little wonder then that more than four decades since its release, we never let go of a chance to rattle off some iconic dialogues of the film in everyday situations. Remember 'Mere paas maa hai'?

Aaina (1993)

The film's credit line says Deepak Sareen was the director of this film. But it is not hard to miss Yash Chopra's unmistakable imprint on the film. Juhi Chawla and Amrita Singh played two sisters in the film and they fall for the same guy, Jackie Shroff. Aaina was also a standout with a string of impressive songs.

Karan Arjun (1995)

Shah Rukh and Salman Khan never worked together after this film. Just imagine the wonders a film will do on the ticket windows if the two were to come together again. And Rakhi? Despite a four decade-long acting career, this film gave her the most famous dialogue of her entire filmography: Mere Karan Arjun aayenge. Rakesh Roshan was the director of this one.

Kachche Dhaage (1999)

Milan Luthria roped in late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for this film and he didn’t disappoint. The music of Kachche Dhaage was its biggest attraction. Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan’s acting was icing on the cake.

Brothers (2015)

Karan Malhotra, whose debut film Agneepath was a blockbuster, is set to recreate the magic of Hollywood hit Warrior (2013). The original film featured Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy in pivotal roles, while Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra would be reprising them in Brothers.

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