Mumbai, Dec. 2 -- In the '70s and '80s, films starring multiple actresses were a common sight. Parveen Babi, Hema Malini, Neetu Singh, Zeenat Aman, Shabana Azmi and Rekha have all worked together in multiple combinations.
The trend, which faded since, seems to be making a comeback now. The latest instance is of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma teaming up for Karan Johar's just-announced film. Commenting on the trend, director Anees Bazmee says, "Every actor who works in a film always aims for its betterment. But when you have multiple heroes or heroines, a sense of insecurity might creep in.
Then, it's the job of the writer-director to make everything clear to actors right at the start." In a recent interview to HT Cafe, Deepika Padukone - who co-stars with Priyanka Chopra in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next - told us, "I don't have a say in which actor Sanjay sir is going to cast... women don't have issues with each other all the time. I have heard a lot of stories (about heroines not getting along), but I feel that the perception is changing."
Exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi feels that multiple names help a film's prospects. "It adds to the brand power of a film. Especially for promotions, it can prove to be a trump card," he says. Trade analyst Amod Mehra recalls the '70s, which saw a lot of social dramasfamily capers, which required the casting of multiple actresses. He adds, "Now, makers are again interested in big films with sensible storylines and added star power."