By RAHUL RAUT
The number of two-hero films has lessened in Bollywood over the last few years. We rarely see two popular and reigning superstars starring in a movie together nowadays. Yes, there are films like ‘Gunday’ (Ranveer Singh-Arjun Kapoor), ‘Desi Boys’ (Akshay Kumar-John Abraham), ‘Dishoom’ (John Abraham-Varun Dhawan), ‘Brothers’ (Akshay Kumar-Sidharth Malhotra), ‘Baadshaho’ (Ajay Devgn-Emraan Hashmi-Vidyut Jammwal) and ‘Padmavati'(Ranveer Singh-Shahid Kapoor) but these examples are few. Salman Khan who is one of the biggest superstars in India says the demand for a high price by the actors and the insecurities within themselves are the reasons multi-starrer films aren’t being made much these days.
In an interview with DNA, Salman suggested that younger actors should be open for two-hero projects and if the content is good they shouldn’t give much attention to remuneration. “The prices (that heroes demand) have gone high and we don’t have such budgets. Hence, the recovery will be impossible. For a two-hero film, everyone has to cut their prices drastically. If the dates permit, then fine, but otherwise, asking actors to cut down their fee is also not right. Also, for any big film, you will need 150 days to shoot. Even something on the scale of a Karan Arjun (where Salman starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan) would need that much time. But if the film is divided, into 30-35 days shoots, you can still think of doing something like that. For example, we can make an Andaz Apna Apna (where he starred alongside Aamir Khan) now. It may not be possible with Aamir, Shah Rukh or me, but the younger generation can still do it.”
“There can’t be insecurities creeping in. If you’re confident about yourself and your position, you shouldn’t feel like that. We also were young stars when we did films together. We were friends and all this never took over our friendship. The young generation needs to realise this,” Salman added.
The ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ actor also suggested that doing two-hero films can be beneficial for the actor at the box office as well and give a boost to their career financially. “They are doing well for themselves, two guys or three guys get together for a film, and if the casting is superb, then instead of them individually doing Rs 60-70-100 crore each, their film together will straightaway touch the Rs 150-200 crore mark.”
Salman also revealed that he would love to work with his counterparts together in a movie but the script should be strong for both heroes. “I would love to work with everyone I’ve worked with again. Whether it’s Sunny, Sanju, Ajay, Akki, Shah Rukh or Aamir I would definitely do a film with them. But my character and their characters should be superb.”
Salman cited the poor writing yet another reason why the trend of two-hero films diminished in Hindi film industry. “The point is people are not writing like before anymore. Previously, the writing would give way to all of us saying yes to a film, without thinking that we won’t have anything to do in a film. The scripts were like that. Today, the seniors are very big stars and they are heroes, so if there’s nothing for them to do, to take the film to them is not right again,” he said.