They have a few things in common — they belong to Bollywood families, and have popular elder sisters.
But Alia Bhatt couldn’t have imagined that she’d be called the ‘new-age Kareena Kapoor’, with comparisons made between their expressions, body language and appearance.
She’s not the only one.
Sonakshi Sinha recently tweeted about Varun Dhawan’s film: "...David uncle is bacccck with his new age govinda - varun!! (sic)" We speak to all the actors concerned.
Comparing me with Govinda is unfair’: Varun Dhawan
Compared to: Govinda (for their dancing styles and expressions)
How it started: Varun’s father, film-maker David Dhawan, has worked in several films with Govinda. The comparisons started when Dhawan Sr. decided to direct his son.
Varun says: "Comparing me with Govinda sir is unfair… He’s a legend in his own league. It’s flattering, but, at the same, they are big shoes to fill."
Even if you try, you won’t be like her: Alia Bhatt
Compared to: Kareena Kapoor Khan (on-screen expressions, body language and appearance)
How it started: It began as Alia’s debut film, Student Of The Year, found success. Fans started making comparisons. Then, Karan Johar — who launched Alia and has worked with Kareena several times — spoke about the same issue when the actress was on his chat show.
Alia says: "I feel flattered. It’s a very big compliment to be compared to her. To be honest, I am the most die-hard Kareena Kapoor fan that exists… And, as a fan, I don’t want another Kareena Kapoor to be there. There will always be only one Kareena. Even if you try a million times, you won’t be able to be like her. And I strongly believe that."
It is frustrating: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Compared to: Irrfan Khan (for acting styles and choice of offbeat roles)
How it started: The comparions began when character actor Nawazuddin made headlines for his performances in Kahaani (2012) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). The actors have worked together in a short film, The Bypass (2003), and in the award-winning film, The Lunchbox (2013). Nawazuddin also had a small role in Paan Singh Tomar (2012).
Nawazuddin says: "It is frustrating (being called the ‘new-age Irrfan’). I have come here to become Nawazuddin, and no one else. For 20 years, I have been in the process of finding Nawazuddin. If someone says, ‘You are the new XYZ,’ how would you feel?"
I am similar: Parineeti Chopra
Compared to: Rani Mukerji (for her ‘bubbly’ on-screen persona, girl-next-door roles)
How it started: The one adjective that got attached to Parineeti right from the beginning was ‘bubbly’. That’s how the comparisons with Rani Mukerji, Kajol and Preity Zinta started. The Chopra girl never hid her admiration for Rani. However, according to some reports, she wants to shed the tag of ‘the next Rani Mukerji’.
Parineeti says: "Both Rani (Mukerji) and Kajol are extremely spontaneous actors, and more instinctive than rehearsed. So, on that front, yes, I am similar," Parineeti told trade website, businessofcinema.com.
It’s an added advantage:Chitrangada Singh
Compared to: Smita Patil (apparent physical resemblance)
How it started: Ever since she made her Bollywood debut with Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003), she was called the next Smita Patil.
Chitrangada says: "It is an added advantage for me. Many feel that my face resembles hers. It feels great when people are reminded of a person who is not there, through me… I would love to do a biopic on Smita Patil," she said.