Top 5 Male Pairs in Bollywood

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.

Akshay Kumar Salman Khan

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.

SRK - Saif Ali Khan

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 - Abhishek Bachchan

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 - John Abraham

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 Govinda

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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Khan Kapoor:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm)

best Male pair is aamir-salman in Andaz apna apna. and would like to see imran-ranbir in near future.

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ashermadan:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm)

srk & kjo

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Nilesh:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm)

Salman & SRK in Karan Arjun. But This Diwali -- Ajay, Sanjay & Salman for Son of Sardar, kyunki iske bina Diwali bekar.

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Tasnim:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm)

SRK & Saif…

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Bazigar:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm)

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….

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Tuhin:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm)

Best Pair Salman-Akshay

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selfis:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm)

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 . .

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Nilesh:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm)

Yaar jokes apart, aajke date mein Salman aur SRK ka koi movie aaye to kitne ka business karegi, India mein aur Oversees mein?

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Nilesh:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm)

Dono fans Hall mein bhi maar pit karenge kya?

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SRK:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm)

akki salu.
akki johan

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Nilesh:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm)

Akshay is evergree star, hit with any pair. Truly SOS size star.

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ABHIJIT:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm)

S a l l u wi8 s h e r a

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Akash:  (November 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm)

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

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ABHIJIT:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm)

Best jodi always srk-salman

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lil_wayne:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm)

salman and aamir…Adaz Apna Apna…

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lil_wayne:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm)

worlds best pair
srge’s pen is + u

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ABHIJIT:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm)

@ lil wayne….sallu ke film ke tarah tera bhi quality same hain yaar…

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lil_wayne:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm)

Zopadpattiwala’s afterall…srk ki movies(maya memsaab) ki tarah tu bhi ekdum Thurki hai…

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ABHIJIT:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm)

@ lil wayne….m @ @ @ r c @ @ d tu saale yaar

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madarch#d Ass_r_g@@@y:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm)

best pair wud be

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haroonn1986:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm)

For me the best jodi will be srk amir which is not looking possible but srk salman were superb as well in karan arjun.

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madarch#d Ass_r_g@@@y:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm)

srk and bobby darling

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lil_wayne:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm)

chu ti_A ….only u….srk’s loyal dog ..

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madarch#d Ass_r_g@@@y:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm)

best pair shud be srk and bobby darling

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Khan Kapoor:  (November 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm)

@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.

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