Gone are the days when casting predictable on-screen couples was the safe bet the directors made to make sure their films did well. Of course one cannot get enough of Shah Rukh Khan - Kajol, Salman - Katrina, or Ranbir-Deepika but the current trend in Tinsel Town is to bring together pairs which intrigue the audience and keep up the `freshness` of romance in films.
Nowadays it seems like Bollywood is cashing on pairing odd couples on-screen to hook the audiences. Some of them have worked, some not; but still it has brought about a change. From the era of casting clichéd couples we have moved to the unknown and are trying to get accustomed to a few odd ones.
Let`s take a quick look at the most unusual couples paired on-screen for better or worse:
Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma surely left everyone surprised when they signed up for a movie opposite each other. The movie `Wake up Sid` was a box-office hit but unfortunately their on-screen chemistry was nothing to write home about. Though the rapport they shared in the film was laudable, but romantically they were just not that promising for filmmakers to sign the two together again.
Another hit but peculiar jodi came from an out and out comedy. David Dhawan should be credited for bringing together Govinda and Katrina Kaif in `Partner` while her then alleged beau Salman Khan was paired opposite Lara Dutta in the same movie. This worked quite well for the audience as everyone was curious to see how the story accommodated these unusual sets. The movie was a smash hit at the box-office and Govinda-Katrina pair entertained the audiences. Though Salman was the obvious `partner` who should have been cast opposite Katrina, the director earned brownie points for taking the risk.
In another comedy the most unusual stars were cast together. We all admire Rahul Bose for the rich scripts that he chooses for his films. His romantic-comedy side was exploited quite well in `Pyaar Ke Side Effects`, with the queen of `oomph`, Mallika Sherawat, who is otherwise known for her sexy glam avatars and sensational item numbers in B-Town. Though the film was a mild success, their opposite temperament and chemistry was appreciated enough for the producers to attempt a sequel and this time they paired Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar.
Speaking of Vidya - she and the veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah grabbed eyeballs with their sizzling chemistry in `Ishqiya`. Despite their commendable age gap, they got critical appreciation for both `Ishqiya` and `Dirty Picture`. Whoever said that age matters had to chew on their own words after their praiseworthy performances in both the movies. Vidya has now been cast opposite newcomer Ali Fazal in the upcoming movie `Bobby Jasoos` which has already increased curiosity among the fans.
Farah Khan, an ace-choreographer proved her mettle with her directorial debut `Main Hoon Na` pairing Shah Rukh and Sushmita Sen together for the first time. But more commendable was making her own debut on-screen with `Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi`, she made a grand entry opposite the highly talented Boman Irani. Their pair was certainly deemed weird; but we cannot deny the fact that they looked rather sweet together and played their roles with comfort and ease.
If Kareena is suave and classy, then Imran Khan comes across as a sweet and serious lad. This contrary image of the two actors makes them quite an odd-pair. But in `Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu` and `Gori Tere Pyaar Mein`, the duo came as a whiff of fresh air. Even though both the films didn`t do too well, their chemistry was enticing and left the audience wanting more.They came, they conquered and they are here to stay. Whether their romantic chemistry was able to impress the masses or not, but a certain amount of freshness has evolved in the films.Hope Bollywood comes up with more and more of such unusual pairs. The more, the merrier.