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Casting coups in Bollywood

When two stars share screen space, the chemistry between them is sure to send sparks flying, and that does not always mean in the positive sense. We have all heard of star tantrums and how difficult it is for directors to handle star egos. And that is what makes casting coups -- films in which great stars feature in tandem -- so special.

They don't always work out, but the sheer enthusiasm of seeing stars face off inevitably generates buzz around casting coups.

Here's a quick look at 12 such films.

Fanaa, 2006

Kajol and Aamir Khan -- two names that ruled Indian cinema in the 1990s.

If Kajol was the star of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998), Aamir had Raja Hindustani (1996), Sarfarosh (1999), Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai (both in 2001) under his belt. But they never got a chance to work opposite each other.

Yes, they acted in Indra Kumar's Ishq (1997). But they weren't paired opposite each other; Kajol was paired opposite Ajay Devgan and Aamir with Juhi Chawla. The film was a success.

With Fanaa, producer Aditya Chopra and director Kunal Kohil pulled off two feats: Getting Kajol to make a Bollywood comeback and getting the finicky Aamir to sign a film with them.

There is considerable buzz about the film, the multiplex controversy and a possible ban in Gujarat notwithstanding.

And the promos look promising.

Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf | Design: Uday Kuckian

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