RE UNITED WE STAND.
WHEN Shah Rukh Khan returns in Yash Chopra's new film Jab Tak Hai Jaan , the superstar and the super director will reunite for the first time eight years after they worked together in Veer- Zaara . SRK's return in a Yash Chopra film has generated excitement because the film will mark the actor's return in his vintage romantic avatar -- an image that he has primarily carved out of his YRF hits.
If Shah Rukh returns with Yash Chopra, Salman Khan will be working with Sooraj Barjatya for the first time in 13 years since Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajshri Films' next. Salman reportedly wants to take a break from his action avatar, and who better than the director who helped him earn the iconic family guy image of Prem for such a change.
Last week's Raaz 3 had Emraan Hashmi teaming up with director Vikram Bhatt for the first time since 2003' s Footpath . On the other hand, Prakash Jha will work with his talismanic hero Ajay Devgn in Satyagraha next year.
The last time they worked together was Raajneeti in 2010 and Jha in his next two films, Aarakshan and the upcoming Chakravyuh , chose to work with other actors.
Elsewhere, Saif Ali Khan returns with director Milan Luthria in his untitled next for the first time since their 1999 film, Kachche Dhaage . Bollywood has traditionally been a playground of camps, with top actors vehemently sticking to directors who have given them hits.
Ironic in this context, that five of the biggest superstars have coincidentally not worked with the respective directors who have helped shape their image over the years.
If SRK owes his loverboy image to Yash Chopra's hits, and Salman will bank on returning to his family hero roots with Barjatya's film, very few filmmakers have tapped Ajay Devgn's intense image as Prakash Jha has within the mainstream format.
From Gangaajal and Apaharan to Raajneeti , some of Ajay's best recent performances have been directed by Jha. Rumours suggest that they fell out for a while owing to creative differences.
Satyagraha should mark an end to all such speculation.
In Bollywood, where professional ties are as old as one's last hit, it remains to be seen if these once- again pairs of stars and directors carve a new innings with their new films.
Bollywood is all about camps. Ironic that five of our superstars have lately not worked with the directors who helped shape their image over the years.
AJAY DEVGN RETURNS WITH PRAKASH JHA in SATYAGRAHA after 3 YEARS
PRAKASH Jha and Ajay Devgn will be back together, and that is big news for lovers of realistic cinema. Jha has just announced Satyagraha , based on Indian politics. The film will have Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan as the male leads with Kareena Kapoor reportedly playing the Indian Prime Minister. The political drama is set to go on floors by the end of 2012. Jha and Ajay will then work on Gangaajal 2 . Raajneeti 2 is also on the cards.
The talented duo worked together in the 2010 superhit, Raajneeti before they reportedly fell out over creative differences. Jha went on to make Aarakshan last year without Ajay but the film bombed. His new film, Chakravyuh does not feature Ajay either. However, with three back- to- back films lined up now, all seems to be well between the two.
Jha directed Ajay for the first time in the romantic drama, Dil Kya Kare , in 1999 but the film flopped. They struck form with the gripping cop drama Gangaajal in 2003 and repeated the good show with Apaharan in 2005 and Raajneeti in 2010. Ajay is best known for his brooding acts, and no filmmaker has been able to harness the power of the actor's intense eyes as Prakash Jha.
EMRAAN HASHMI RETURNED WITH VIKRAM BHATT in RAAZ 3 after 9 YEARS
LAST week's Raaz 3 is Emraan Hashmi's last film with the Bhatts for a while since the actor who has tasted back- to- back successes lately wants to move away from his mentors and grow in the profession. The horror film Raaz 3 was typical Bhatt fare with steamy scenes and melodrama. The film cast Emraan as an opportunistic filmmaker who ditches a fading superstar for a rising starlet. It cashed in on his image of grey shades and Emraan had scope to highlight his image as Bollywood's Serial Kisser.
Vikram directed Emraan's debut film, Footpath , which released in 2003 and flopped. The crime thriller also starred Bipasha Basu and Aftab Shivdasani. Emraan basically bagged the role because it was produced by his uncles Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt.
Footpath flopped but Raaz 3 has opened well despite bad reviews and worse word- ofmouth.
So, Emraan and Vikram have a 50 per cent success rate together.
SHAH RUKH KHAN RETURNS WITH YASH CHOPRA in JAB TAK HAIN JAAN after 8 YEARS
YASH Chopra returns as director at the age of 80 and his favourite hero SRK helms the project, opposite Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Said to be based on Chopra's 1973 hit, Daag , the film will reportedly see Shah Rukh depict two lifetimes, as a young musician and an older army officer. The film will release during Diwali this year.
Veer- Zaara marked Yash Chopra's return as director for the first time in seven years after Dil To Pagal Hai , and cast SRK opposite Preity Zinta in a crossborder romance. The film was a big hit.
SRK has a 100 per cent track record with Yash Chopra. Indeed, he shot to superstardom with the 1993 superhit Darr , which established his antihero image in that era. Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997, Veer- Zaara in 2004, and YRF productions such as Dilwaale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995, Mohabbatein in 2000, and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008 established SRK's loverboy image.
SALMAN KHAN RETURNS WITH SOORAJ BARJATYA in the tentatively- titled BADE BHAIYYA after 13 YEARS
SALMAN reportedly wants a break from his action image that has lately catapulted him to the top. According to sources, doctors have advised him against stunts owing to his ailment, Trigeminal Neuralgia.
The new Barjatya project typically has Salman playing the eldest son in a family set- up.
Unconfirmed reports say the film is titled Bade Bhaiyya .
Salman and Sooraj last worked in Hum Saath Saath Hain . The Diwali 1999 release rode immense hype, coming as it was after the record- breaking Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! , but was merely a hit. Salman moved over to exploring comedy and action soon after.
Sooraj and his Rajshri banner gave Salman his first taste of superstardom in 1989, with Maine Pyar Kiya , as well as his lovable image as Prem. The film was Salman's first release as a lead actor. In 1994, the duo returned with Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! to break records.
Hum Saath Saath Hain followed after which the two parted ways.
SAIF ALI KHAN RETURNS WITH MILAN LUTHRIA in a YET- UNTITLED FILM after 13 YEARS
MILAN Luthria will start a new film once he has wrapped up the sequel of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai this year- end, and he has cast Saif as the protagonist. Milan, returning after last year's The Dirty Picture , has won Saif's respect owing to the variety he serves.
" Working with Milan again will be great. I want to be a part of the films that he makes because his is a different kind of cinema," Saif said. Rumours are rife that Saif will play a super hero in Milan's new film but the director has refused to confirm such reports.
Saif was the second lead along with Ajay Devgn in Milan's debut directorial feature, Kachche Dhaage , which released in 1999. The action drama is considered to be the film that changed Saif's career graph, considering the actor did not have many hits to show before that. While Saif created a fan base with the film, Milan made his mark as a director to watch out for.
Kachche Dhaage was a smalltime hit largely credited to Saif's co- star Ajay. However, the film helped Saif establish a foothold in Bollywood. The audience noted how confidently Milan handled the actor.
Thirteen years later, when Saif and Milan have both grown in stature, a lot more is expected.
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