Unconventional onscreen pairings: Aishwarya Rai-Rajkummar Rao in Fanney Khan and others

Rajkummar Rao will romance Aishwarya Rai in Fanney Khan. But this isn’t the first time we’ll get to see an unconventional pairing. Films like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Raazi, Piku and Pyaar Ke Side Effects are among those which are remembered for its unique casting.

When the cast of Fanney Khan was announced, fans got excited about Anil Kapoor reuniting with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after several years. But there was something else that grabbed the attention. It was the pairing of Aishwarya with Rajkummar Rao. Yes, Ash is set to romance, not Anil Kapoor, but Rajkummar in Fanney Khan!

This isn’t the first time that Bollywood has teased its audience with an unconventional pairing. Filmmakers are always on a look-out for actors who’ve never been cast together. While several times it hits the bull’s eye and gets a thumbs-up, there are times that the chemistry of the actors is so cold, that it just doesn’t convince the viewers.

Before Fanney Khan releases on August 3 and we pass our judgment on whether or not Aishwarya and Rajkummar make a good pair, here are some onscreen collaborations we’ve seen in the past, where the actors were as different as chalk and cheese, came from a varied body of work, yet left a mark.

Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma – Wake Up Sid

wake up sid stills Wake Up Sid told the story of a spoiled, rich-brat who learns the value of owning up to responsibilities from an aspiring writer.
Konkana was known for her deglam roles in content-driven films which were dark and gusty, Ranbir was a chocolate-boy who was still marking his territory in Bollywood, trying out new things. It was his good friend and debutant director Ayan Mukerji who thought of bringing these two live wires together. This was not just a unique film but even a unique romance.

Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor – Ki And Ka

ki and ka stills Arjun Kapoor reportedly learned to cook for his role in Ki & Ka.
Arjun has been a self-proclaimed fan of Kareena for years. And he finally got to work with her in this R Balki film. The two actors aced their characters of a house husband and a working wife. And they did have an intense chemistry too!

Cheeni Kum – Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu

cheeni kum stills CHeeni Kum opened to mediocre reviews but picked pace owing to good word of mouth publicity.
R Balki’s flair for unusual casting isn’t new. It dates back to his debut directorial Cheeni Kum where he got Amitabh Bachchan’s 64-year-old character falling in love with Tabu’s 34-year-old character onscreen. And as they say, age is no bar, this film truly justified that. Excitingly enough, the character of Tabu’s onscreen father played by Paresh Rawal, was younger to Bachchan in the film!

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal – Raazi

Raazi stills Alia Bhatt played an Indian spy in Raazi, while Vicky Kaushal played her husband and a Pakistani army officer.
One of 2018’s biggest hits had everything right, from its story to direction and casting. And this also included the coming together of Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. Both are powerhouse performers, but it was only director Meghna Gulzar who thought of pairing them up. Result? Vicky set benchmarks for an idle husband!