It has become a topic of debate that why two stars are not ready to work with each other. Rohit Shetty had to shelve his film, a remake of Ram Lakhan because two actors were not ready to share screen space. Akshay Kumar a few days ago had also spoken about why two stars are not starring in a film together.
However, now soon we are going to witness a two-hero film on the big screen. We are talking about Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff starrer War. So, before War hits the screens let’s look at the famous two-hero films in Bollywood…
Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s directorial Anand starred Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles. It is one of the cult films of Bollywood and a movie in which both Khanna and Bachchan shined in their respective roles. And how can we forget the dialogue, ‘Babumoshai zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi…’
In 1975 released Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer Sholay, one of the best films made in the history of Indian cinema. The characters played by Big B and Dharmendra, Jai and Viru, are one of the most famous characters of Bollywood. Big B and Dharmendra both were superstars in the 70s but they had no issue in sharing screen space with each other.
Amitabh Bachchan was clearly one actor who had no qualms in doing a two-hero film. In 1975 also released Deewar which starred Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. The movie was a big hit and once again gave us an iconic dialogue to remember, ‘Big B: Aaj mere paas buildingey hai, property hai, bank balance hai, bungla hai, gaadi hai … kya hai, kya hai tumhare pass?, Kapoor: Mere paas Maa hai…”
Subhash Ghai’s Ram Lakhan released in 1989 and starred two actors who were big stars in the 80s and 90s. Well, we are talking about Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. Both the actors gave a fantastic performance in the film and there was clearly no ego clash in those days.
Andaz Apna Apna
While there were two-hero films being made in the 70s and 80s, 90s was also not an exception. Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, two of the biggest stars of Bollywood starred together in 1994 release Andaz Apna Apna. Though the film failed to make a mark at the box office at that time, it has been given a cult status.
While Salman shared screen space with Aamir in Andaz Apna Apna, in 1995 the actor starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Arjun. It was one of the biggest hits of 1995. Salman and SRK later starred in one more two-hero film titled Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002), a delayed project that was an average grosser at the box office.
Main Khiladi Tu Anari
While Akshay Kumar is ready to do a two-hero film right now, in the 90s also he starred a few two-hero projects and one of them was Main Khiladi Tu Anari. Co-starring Saif Ali Khan, the action-comedy was loved by the audiences and the songs of the film are still famous.
After the 90s the two-hero projects started dying. However, we had Dhoom series where Abhishek Bachchan shared screen space with actors like John Abraham (Dhoom) and Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 2). We aren’t counting Dhoom 3 here as Aamir Khan is surely a bigger star than Junior Bachchan.
Well, after Dhoom, John and Abhishek once again starred together in a two-hero film titled Dostana. We all know that Dostana is one of the best rom-coms made in Bollywood, and it brought the topic of homosexuality (though in a funny way) in the mainstream cinema.
As we are talking about nowadays actors not doing two-hero projects, we surely have to keep Shahid and Ranveer away from the topic. Both the actors did Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat and impressed one and all with their performances. SLB too balanced by giving both of them equal screen time.