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2016: Young pairs hit the screen!

Shraddha Kapoor

By HT

Mumbai, Jan. 4 -- She has worked with director Mohit Suri in Ek Villain (2014), and now, Shraddha Kapoor is believed to have been roped in for the former's next, an adaptation of author Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend. In all likelihood, she will star opposite Arjun Kapoor in the film. Not just Arjun and Shraddha, a number of such young pairs are going to hit the silver screen in 2016.

While Sushant Singh Rajput will team up with Kriti Sanon in Dinesh Vijan's directorial debut, Tiger Shroff will be seen alongside Jacqueline Fernandez in director Remo D'Souza's next.

He will also be seen opposite Shraddha in Sabbir Khan's directorial venture. While film-maker Aditya Chopra has roped in Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor for his next, Ranbir Kapoor will romance Alia Bhatt in director Ayan Mukerji's film.

In fact, Vivaan Shah and Akshara Haasan will share screen space in director Manish Harishankar's debut directorial venture.

"I know that Ranbir has great energy. When Imtiaz Ali (director) and his team were working with him on Rockstar (2011), they used to call him their soldier, because he was always there for the team. Plus, he is very adjusting [while working on a film]. So, he is the best actor to have on the sets," says Alia.

Experts feel that more and more films with these fresh pairs will spell good news for the industry. "We are now seeing the younger lot - who entered the industry only four-five years back - prove their worth at the box office. That makes film-makers bank on them. Plus, their acceptance by the audience gives so many options to film-makers to choose from," says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.

Actors, too, are happy to work with people they have not shot with before. "Sushant is easy to gel with. We've met a couple of times, chatted and connected well. That's something that worked right from the beginning," said Kriti, in a previous interview. On the other hand, Ranveer feels that his next is going to be the right film for him after a heavy-duty one like Bajirao Mastani. "It's too exciting. The new film will be just what the doctor ordered - light-hearted romance after an intense love story," he says.

Putting things into perspective, Rathi says, "We make over 300 films every year, so we really require four times the number of actors that we currently have. Hence, it is great to see them team up with other younger actors," he says.