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The Bollywood Dream Teams!

Salman Khan

By HT

Mumbai, Nov. 26 -- The year might end with a bang when the Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani collaboration, PK, releases next month. The duo had last worked together in 3 Idiots (2009). And they aren't the only hit pair to team up in the near future. There are several other dream teams set to work together again.

"When a director of repute and an established actor come together, the expectations go through the roof. You don't have to sell the pairing, since their track record is in people's mind," says trade analyst Amod Mehra.

Yesteryear pairs - like Shakti Samanta with actors Shammi Kapoor or Rajesh Khanna, Manmohan Shetty with Amitabh Bachchan, and David Dhawan with Govinda - are examples of a filmmaker and actor not just giving hits together, but also sharing a great comfort level. In recent times, too, several such duos have emerged, and many are teaming up again.

Film-maker Vipul Shah, who is preparing to direct Akshay Kumar in Namastey London 2, says, "It will be interesting to see Akshay in a pure romantic caper, in which he plays a 35-plus man." Herein, we take a look at director actor pairs who are set to join hands again.

Salman Khan-Sooraj Barjatya

LATEST COLLABORATION: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

CREATIVE WORD: "What I love about Sooraj is that he finds beauty around him. He is non-judgemental and lets people be. Although we have had Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor, Sooraj is the best director in Hindi cinema," Salman said in a recent interview for a video made by Barjatya's banner.

SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS: Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994; above), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) TRADE SPEAK: "The first thing you expect from Salman and Sooraj's partnership is a good, clean film. They have delivered on that front repeatedly," says trade analyst Vinod Mirani.

Shah Rukh Khan-Aditya Chopra

LATEST COLLABORATION: Yet untitled (unconfirmed)

CREATIVE WORD: "Adi and I share a great rapport. We started working together on Darr (1993), when he was the chief AD, and somehow we started feeling that we think the same way," said Shah Rukh, when he last teamed up with Aditya in 2008.

SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995; above), Mohabbatein (2000), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)

TRADE SPEAK: "Whenever Aditya has directed SRK, he has put him in a completely new mould. And when the two best minds of Bollywood come together, you can be assured of fireworks and sky-high expectations," says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.

Akshay Kumar-Vipul Shah

LATEST COLLABORATION: Namastey London 2 CREATIVE WORD: "What has worked for Akshay and me has been our constant endeavour to do something new - be it with our stories, characters or films. And when we take up something new, it keeps us on our toes to deliver our best," says Shah.

SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS: Aankhen (2002), Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), Namastey London (2007) and Action Replayy (2010)

TRADE SPEAK: "Vipul knows how to use Akshay well. Namastey London was Akshay's breakthrough film that turned the tide in his favour," says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.

Ranbir Kapoor-Ayan Mukerji

LATEST COLLABORATION: Ayan's untitled next (produced by Karan Johar)

CREATIVE WORD: Ranbir had told us earlier that, "Ayan is in touch with reality, how people are and the dynamics of relationships. He is simple, so he doesn't make over-intelligent or niche films."

SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS: Wake Up Sid (2009) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

TRADE SPEAK: "They have a wonderful working equation, and we have seen that translate on screen successfully. With them, you can expect great entertainers, which will be coming-of-age and brilliant too," says Mirani.