Is the trend of repeating successful leading Male pairs diminishing in Bollywood? asks Indicine writer Abhishek Sharma
Two top leading men sharing space has always been a mantra for success in Bollywood. Audience also get to see two major stars for the price of one ticket. In the past, there have been several successful male pairs in Bollywood:
- Amitabh Bachchan – Vinod Khanna
- Amitabh Bachchan – Shashi Kapoor
- Akshay Kumar – Sunil Shetty
- Anil Kapoor – Jackie Shroff
- Govinda – Sanjay Dutt
The above mentioned pairs and also many others like these have repeatedly enthralled audiences with their sparkling chemistry on screen. But if we look at the movies in the last decade, this trend is on the verge of extinction. One reason can be the cost as affording 2 top leading men in the same movie will increase the budget manifold. Other reason is the lack of scripts justifying the roles of both male leads so as to reduce the insecurity levels. So in two hero projects, we usually see one huge star supported by a male actor having comparatively lesser market value.
Here is my list of Top 5 leading male pairs in the last decade (2003-2012) who I wish to see on-screen once again.
Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar – Sallu and Akki are two of the biggest mass superstars of this generation. Their Tom and Jerry chemistry worked wonders in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. They were repeated again by Sajid Nadiadwala in the well-made Jaanemann, but the film failed at the box office. Since then, their popularity has grown tremendously but unfortunately they have not worked together and that is not likely to happen in the near future. Today, in a mass oriented movie this pair can set the cash registers ringing.
Shahrukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan – SRK and Saif shared excellent chemistry and comic timing in Kal Ho Naa Ho. They were charming and entertained one and all as the hosts of many Filmfare Award nights. This pair has also not been repeated since.
John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan – The John-Abhishek jodi worked wonders in Dhoom as it was their first clean hit. But it was not a 2 hero project. Four years later, they set the screen ablaze again with their sparkling cozy and naughty chemistry in Dostana. There have been several rumours of a sequel ever since, but nothing official yet.
Akshay Kumar and John Abraham – They have worked together in 3 films so far; Garam Masala, Desi Boyz and the multistarrer Housefull 2. While Garam Masala was a huge success, Desi Boyz didn’t work. Their chemistry was quite entertaining in Housefull 2, one of the biggest hits of 2012.
Salman Khan and Govinda – Salman-Govinda became partners in David Dhawan’s ‘Partner’ and they simply rocked as the movie became a blockbuster. But with David Dhawan out-of-form with disasters like Rascals, the sequel has been shelved.
I have made the above list only on the basis of 2 Hero projects and have not considered the multi starrers. Few other male pairs who have worked together in the last decade are Ajay-Abhishek (Zameen and Bol Bachchan), Akshay-Govinda (Bhagam Bhaag), Hrithik-Abhishek (MPKDH , Dhoom 2), Amitabh-Abhishek (Sarkar, Sarkar Raj, Paa) and Ajay-Emraan (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai).
Who would you like see paired in a movie?
Of the 5 mentioned male pairs, who is your favorite? Vote now!
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best Male pair is aamir-salman in Andaz apna apna. and would like to see imran-ranbir in near future.
srk & kjo
Salman & SRK in Karan Arjun. But This Diwali – Ajay, Sanjay & Salman for Son of Sardar, kyunki iske bina Diwali bekar.
SRK & Saif…
Karan arjun of bollywood…..karn arjun,hum trumahare hai sanam…kuch kuch hota hai har dil jo pyar karega….no one can match there success ratio….
Best Pair Salman-Akshay
Salman and aamir and salman and Srk should be added as they are famous pair . . . In recent i like salman and aki . . They r best . .
Yaar jokes apart, aajke date mein Salman aur SRK ka koi movie aaye to kitne ka business karegi, India mein aur Oversees mein?
Dono fans Hall mein bhi maar pit karenge kya?
Akshay is evergree star, hit with any pair. Truly SOS size star.
S a l l u wi8 s h e r a
NO bollywood male pair can beat Aamir-Salman. though they worked in only one movie but their chemistry was just unmatchable.
Saif-Shahrukh would be 2nd for me. loved their pairing at the filmfare & also KHNH
Best jodi always srk-salman
salman and aamir…Adaz Apna Apna…
worlds best pair
srge’s pen is + u
@ lil wayne….sallu ke film ke tarah tera bhi quality same hain yaar…
Zopadpattiwala’s afterall…srk ki movies(maya memsaab) ki tarah tu bhi ekdum Thurki hai…
@ lil wayne….m @ @ @ r c @ @ d tu saale yaar
best pair wud be
For me the best jodi will be srk amir which is not looking possible but srk salman were superb as well in karan arjun.
srk and bobby darling
chu ti_A ….only u….srk’s loyal dog ..
best pair shud be srk and bobby darling
@Nilesh , nothing extraordinary would do. it’ll be same as ek tha tiger. even though you hate salman, you go to watch his movies, and same goes with shahrukh.
if SRK and Aamir come togethes thay will rock both are gineuse
akki-saif pair was amazing during Khiladi days
best pair srk-my da’d