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Chalk 'n' cheese

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 16:29 IST

It’s different! A phrase that sums up the latest flavour of Bollywood -- movies which boast of not only an unusual storyline but also an equally unusual star combination.

A 64-year-old Amitabh Bachchan romancing 18year-old Jiah Khan in Ram Gopal Verma’s Nishabd and Arshad Warsi sharing the screen space with Minnisha Lamba and Anusha Dandekar in Anthony Kaun Hai?

Opposites attract and this trend is fast catching up in Bollywood.

A good start

Filmmakers have always been fascinated by odd pairs. However, marking a beginning of sorts, at least for this season, was Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate.

“Different concept calls for different treatment, and it pays to be different. I paired Tabu with Atul Kulkarni in Chandni Bar and Bipasha and Kay Kay in Corporate because they fit the bill perfectly.” The concept does pay, for sure.

What has prompted filmmakers to opt for such an eclectic cast -- the unusual storyline perhaps or is it just another publicity gimmick? More than the story, it is the star cast which arouses curiosity amongst the audience and helps attract their attention.

This latest coupling theory which has caught the fancy of the filmmakers does promise some respite. Whatever be the reason, it is refreshing. “People have had enough of old pairing and the new casting formula is a welcome change,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Variety fare

Casting stars which are unusual in all respects, age as well as their acting sensibilities, not only adds an element of spice to the film, but this extraordinary combination makes even an ordinary story special in its own way.

Saket Chaudhary’s Pyaar Ke Side Effects is a comic affair but it’s cast -- Mallika Sherawat opposite Rahul Bose has made it different. “Rahul and Mallika make the most enchanting twosome: mismatched and yet very special,” says film’s producer Pritish Nandy.

And the show has just begun. Other movies with an unusual star pairs are — Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor in Omkara, John Abraham and Vidya Balan in Salaam-e-Ishq and Mallika and Salman in Fauj Mein Mauj. So get ready for a fresh season of pairing which is bound to take Bollywood by storm.

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