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B-Town's newest pairs!

Kriti Sanon

By HT

Mumbai, Sept. 27 -- A recurring trend in Bollywood casting seems to be that of fresh pairings. Every few months, film-makers sign actors and actresses who have not worked together before.

For instance, reports of Varun Dhawan and Deepika Padukone co-starring in the Hindi remake of the Hollywood film, The Fault In Our Stars, have already started doing the rounds.

Alia Bhatt and Sushant Singh Rajput are also expected to team up in Homi Adajania's next.

"The idea is to offer something new to the audience," says Raj Nidimoru, of the director duo, Raj And DK, who have cast Ileana D'Cruz opposite Saif Ali Khan in their next.

Shahid Kapoor will be seen alongside Kriti Sanon in another one of their projects. Commenting on the trend, trade analyst Amod Mehra says, "People are tired of seeing 40-plus heroes romancing 20-year-old women. So, it's a positive sign to see boys and girls of the same age groups being paired for the silver screen.

" One of the most unusual pairings this time includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Chitrangda Singh, who will be seen in Kushan Nandy's movie. Film-maker Sanjay Gupta has also cast John Abraham opposite Huma Qureshi. Similarly, Richa Chadda will romance Saif in Reema Kagti's new film.

"Now there are a number of younger heroes, who are capable of delivering hits at the box office, and the makers have many more options to choose from while casting. Also, a fresh pair gives an exciting feel to a film," says Akshaye Rathi, exhibitor-distributor. But isn't this trend also risky? "Either you can go for a tried-and-tested duo, who already have chemistry, or you can opt for a new and fresh pair, and infuse excitement in the audience; you have to take that risk," says Nidimoru.