– BY REEMA CHHABDA
One of the most important criteria in determining whether a film is a hit or a miss is the performers’ chemistry. The B-Town has seen a lot of couples over the years that have gone on to become fan favourites or the face of a franchise. As a series of films are in the works, here’s a look at fresh pairings that the Indian film industry fans can look forward to.
Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar (Prithviraj)
Former beauty queen and actor Manushi plays Sanyogita to Akshay Kumar’s Prithviraj in Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s upcoming period drama Prithviraj. Akshay Kumar is one of the few actors in Bollywood who has worked with several debutants and rookies. Manushi is the latest addition to the group. Keep an eye on the freshness that this new combo will bring to the business.
Ranveer Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez (Cirkus)
This is going to be a high-octane duo. Jacqueline Fernandez, who is known for her insane dance skills, teams up with the ever-energetic Ranveer Singh in the comedy Cirkus. To make things even crazier, the film is directed by Rohit Shetty, which will undoubtedly add to the project’s intrigue, especially since all eyes will be on the dashing and much-anticipated combo of Ranveer Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Vijay Varma And and Alia Bhatt (Darlings)
Vijay Varma’s fairy-tale journey came true when producer and leading lady of the film, Alia Bhatt, directly asked him for his role in Darlings. After previously collaborating on the film Gully Boy, fans will get a closer peek at the duo’s chemistry this time, with the prior outing serving as a more distant teaser.
Ananya Panday and Vijay Devaraconda (Liger)
For the first time in her career, Ananya Panday is paired with Vijay Devaraconda in the film that made her India’s youngest pan-India star. The stakes are higher now as both performers are due to make their debuts in the South and Bollywood industries, respectively, and fans are eager to see the new combo on film.
Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar (Badhai Ho 2)
Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar are not only commercially successful actors, but also critically acclaimed ones. With a string of hits under their belts, the duo is an unmissable pairing. Fans, as well as the stars themselves, must be looking forward to this pairing.
Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone (Fighter)
The outpouring of support on social media following the news of Hrithik and Deepika’s first onscreen collaboration says a lot. In filmmaker Siddharth Anand’s patriotic action drama Fighter, the stars will share screen time. This young couple, known for their athleticism and individual flair, will undoubtedly surprise.
Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor (Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui)
With their first outing together in Abhishek Kapoor’s Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, it appears like Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor will be romancing their way into your hearts. The love story has already been shot and is currently being edited. With Ayushmann apparently adding a “No OTT” condition in the film, audiences may expect to see it in theatres.
Ranveer Singh and Shalini Pandey (Jayeshbhai Jordaar)
Ranveer Singh is all set to star alongside Arjun Reddy fame, Shalini Pandey. The actress, who has worked in three different industries, is slated to star in a social comedy film alongside one of Bollywood’s best actors, and it doesn’t get any better for the fans than this.
Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor (Luv Ranjan’s untitled next)
When two Kapoors get together, it’s usually a big deal. Shraddha Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor, who join hands onscreen for the first time in Luv Ranjan’s unnamed next, are in the same boat. Fans can only speculate as to what has kept the hit combo apart for so long, and they will undoubtedly support this pairing.
Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani (Jug Jug Jeeyo)
Varun and Kiara play husband and wife in Raj Mehta’s Jug Jugg Jeeyo, romancing each other for the first time on screen. The film is something that many are looking forward to, thanks to the fan adulation that these both enjoy. This romance drama also stars Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor.
Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur (Jersey)
After his 2019 success Kabir Singh, Shahid returns in Gowtam Tinnanuri’s Jersey. In this sports drama, he is paired opposite Mrunal Thakur. This is yet another out-of-the-ordinary combo that everyone is anticipating.
Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor (Bell Bottom)
In the high-end espionage thriller Bellbottom, Vaani Kapoor will portray the female protagonist alongside Akshay Kumar. This is Vaani’s first onscreen collaboration with Akshay. The film, directed by Ranjit M Tewari, is set in the 1980s and tells the storey of one of India’s forgotten heroes. It will be interesting to watch this duo together on screen for the first time.
Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor (Brahmastra)
Fans of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt keep track of their every move and yet can’t get enough of them. So it goes without saying that people are eagerly anticipating the release of Ayan Mukerji’s much-anticipated film Brahmastra, starring this real-life couple. In this superhero film, it will be interesting to see how much of their off-screen chemistry translates to the screen.
Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra (Shershaah)
They’ve been in the headlines for a long time because of their rumoured relationship. Now, their first collaboration, Vishnuvardhan’s biographical war action movie Shershaah, is going to scorch the silver screen. Sidharth plays Captain Vikram Batra, an Indian Army officer killed in the Kargil conflict, as well as his twin brother Vishal. Dimple Cheema, Vikram Batra’s fiancee, is played by Kiara.