In Bollywood, it’s quite difficult to be a solo player. Like it or not, the Hindi film industry operates in camps. Directors, writers, actors, musicians… they love to team up and recreate a success story. Working in a partnership is useful because one member not only acts as a foil to the other but also enriches the bond by bringing his or her strength to it. Bollywood is known for some legendary partnerships that have created some memorable work: Salim-Javed, Manmohan Desai-Amitabh Bachchan, Sooraj Barjatya-Salman Khan to name just a few. We present some of our favourite ‘two and three-somes’. Can you imagine one without the other?
STARKID POOL: KAREENA KAPOOR & SONAM KAPOOR
This will be one partnership that is as yet untested and hence, very interesting. Both belong to very well-known film families, both are known as style icons, both have similar lifestyles and hail from the same social set. Kareena and Sonam have not been known to be great friends before but they have come together for a movie Veere di Wedding, the shooting of which will resume soon once new mum Kareena returns to the sets. Sonam, who is Kareena’s junior in the industry, will be producing it. This one is all about (starkid) girl power!
BOX OFFICE KINGS: KARAN JOHAR & SRK
It is hard to tell – did Karan give Shah Rukh’s career a new dimension or did Shah Rukh’s star appeal help Karan find a foothold? Whatever way you look at it, Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan definitely are one of the most successful director-actor pairs ever. It helps that they are close friends, almost like family. It wouldn’t be erroneous to state that they have almost grown up in films together, as actor and director. Together they have cracked the box office formula and every movie they have done together – from KJo’s debut, the candy floss Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to the intense My Name is Khan – have struck gold at the BO. Bollywood loves success stories and the KJo-SRK story is one that keeps reinventing itself.
RAJKUMAR HIRANI-AAMIR KHAN
Unlike many others in Bollywood, Aamir Khan has strictly stayed away from a camp. He has worked with different directors, mostly unknown names and has rarely repeated his co-stars. But with Rajkumar Hirani, he has made an exception. They first teamed up for 3 Idiots and the film created history. They then worked in PK and it was a blockbuster. Raju and Aamir are both similar in many ways. They are wedded to cinema and they believe in movies where script is sacred. While Raju has had a very successful partnership with Sanjay Dutt too (the two Munnabhais and now the Sanjay Dutt biopic), it is with Aamir who he bonds intellectually. Their similar approach to the art and craft of filmmaking is what makes them work together. And when they do, it’s pure magic.
MAESTRO AND HIS MUSES: SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI & RANVEER-DEEPIKA
It isn’t easy to work with a maverick like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He is as much known for his temper and unpredictability as he is for his creative genius. So for a person like him to work with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone thrice (Ram-Leela, Bajirao-Mastani and now, Padmavati) is as much a testimony to their talent as it is to his equation with them. In the two stars, SLB appears to have found the perfect muse. They give their soul to the film and he, embellishes it with his unique touch leading to a win-win for both. Most filmmakers have their favourite actors but SLB appears to have his favourite lead pair with who, he clearly, wants to work again and again.