This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Everyone is talking about the impending clash this coming Friday between the two Chopra sisters Priyanka and Parineeti. But spare a thought for Sushant Singh Rajput who faces the most difficult challenge of his career as a movie star. The second film.
This has been the bane and curse of many post-debut heroes. Kumar Gaurav who had a spectacular start with Love Story came crashing down with his post-debut film Teri Kasam. This was followed by Star, Lovers and a series of duds.
Hrithik Roshan who started with a bang in Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai met with a whimpering snub in his subsequent film Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage.
Pratiek Babbar who was well-received in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na is still struggling to find a foothold.
Besides, Sushant's well-received debut was a 3-hero film.
"Agreed Sushant got the maximum notice on Kai Po Che. But his co-stars Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar Yadav played a very big hand in the success of that film. A solo-hero film is hard to sustain for a one-film success. Yash Raj Films had launched Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baraat and then cast him in as a multi-personality masquerader in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. The film crashed noiselessly," says a director.
Shuddh Desi Romance seems to convey the same feisty flaky feel-bindaas flavour of Maneesh Sharma's first film.
Photo-shop Rajput and Parineeti Chopra and they could well be wearing the faces of Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma from Maneesh's first film. Both the couples in Sharma's 2 films talk in the same we-are-like-this-only-no-reason-to-be-shocked style.
Zanjeer, on the other hand, has Ramcharan shooting straight from the hip. He is a big draw in his home state Andhra Pradesh.
"Ram is like an eruptive volcano. Very calm on the surface, all stormy and turbulent underneath, just like Mr Bachchan in Zanjeer," says Apoorva Lakhia.
Whether Ramcharan breaks the jinx on South Indian heroes remains to be seen. Yes, the very talented Dhanush from Tamil cinema did score a big success with Raanjhanaa lately. But that was a role and character which required a particular kind of look and personality.
Rajput and Ramcharan's contrasting personalities would make for an interesting competition at the box office this week.
Says trade analyst Taran Adarsh, "Both Ramcharan and Sushant come this Friday with super experience. Sushant has done TV and the film Kai Po Che while Ramcharan is a big name in the South. Also, Ramcharan makes his Bollywood debut as the iconic cop Vijay Khanna that had made the Big B a superstar in the original Zanjeer."
Taran feels both the actors have immense potential. "Also the genres for their films are different. It will be an interesting clash."