Whether it was the hit pairing of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore back in the ’70s, or the chemistry between Govinda and Karisma Kapoor, or that Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol shared in the ’90s, Bollywood has generated several hit on-screen couples over the decades.
And even though, of late, fresh pairings have been the flavour of the season in Bollywood, 2015 will see as many as five films bring successful on-screen couples back to the limelight.
Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, who set the big screen ablaze with Race (2008), will make a comeback together in Kabir Khan’s Phantom. Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif became a hit pair after Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) and Raajneeti (2010); they will play the lead roles in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos. Kabir’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan will reunite Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, after films such as Bodyguard (2011) and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (2009).
Trade analyst Amod Mehra says, "Because these pairs have worked well in the past, in terms of their chemistry, film-makers trust them enough to cast them together again."
Alleged real-life couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, whose chemistry in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) was the talk of the town, will, once again, be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. Formerly in a relationship, Ranbir and Deepika will return as an onscreen couple in Tamasha, after 2013’s hit, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Who’s the hottest?
Ask trade expert Atul Mohan which couple he thinks will grab the most attention and he says, "Ranbir-Katrina and Ranbir-Deepika are the two pairs that look the most promising as they have delivered successes in the past. Their on- and off-screen chemistry and affairs have also been discussed the most in recent times."
Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif
Last release: Raajneeti (2010)
Gap: 5 years
Upcoming release: Jagga Jasoos
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Last release: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Gap: 2 years
Upcoming release: Tamasha
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone
Last release: Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela (2013)
Gap: 2 years
Upcoming release: Bajirao Mastani
Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan
Last release: Bodyguard (2012)
Gap: 3 years
Upcoming release: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif
Last release: Race (2008)
Gap: 7 years
Upcoming release: Phantom