Remember the sizzling chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jana Sanam that made you want to fall in love again. In 2013, Bollywood continues its hunt for the dream couple and spins never-seen-before pairs like Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3, Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in Ram Leela, Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Even established actors are not shying away from being paired opposite newbies like Priyanka Chopra with Arjun Kapoor in Gunday, Shahid Kapoor opposite Ileana D’ Cruz in Phata Poster Nikla Hero and Sonam Kapoor with Ayushmann Khurrana in Yash Raj’s next untitled film.
Experts believe that Bollywood is undergoing a flux with a lot of youngsters on the floor and filmmakers are cashing in on the novelty factor to generate interest for their films. “There aren’t too many pairs that have clicked onscreen lately. This is an attempt by filmmakers to bring an element of freshness to the script. Also, it is not a risky proposition as there is scope for camera testing before the lead pairs are finalised,” says Komal Nahta, a trade analyst.
Chitrangda Singh, who will be seen opposite Arjun Rampal for the first time on screen in Inkaar talks about the experience of leaving behind the safety net of working with co-actors with whom you have already established a rapport. “When you bring two people together on screen who have never worked before with each other, something new happens. There is a curiosity factor as the audience wants to see the freshness and raw appeal that is brought alive on screen,” says Chitrangda. On being asked if it takes extra work with someone new, she says, “One has to work towards building a comfort zone as what transpires off-screen is reflected on screen. With Arjun I was lucky as we broke the ice when we coincidentally took the same flight back and forth from Delhi before the film’s shooting began.”
Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra however, has a very different take on it as he explains casting according to the script’s demands. “I don’t believe in following a tried and tested formula. I think Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has acted brilliantly in 2012, should be cast opposite a leading female actress in the year ahead,” he says.