Only a few actors and actresses either get the opportunity or have the guts to be cast alongside each other in different roles which allow them to explore their versatility beyond their romantic image.
Take the case of Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri. In Koshish they played husband and wife, in Sholay they were father-in-law and daughter-in-law, in Parichay they were father and daughter and in the unusual film Naya Din Nayi Raat, one Jaya Bhaduri meets nine Sanjeev Kumars and hence there are nine types of interactions. Likewise Amitabh Bachchan played father to Aishwarya Rai in Mohabbatein, was her elder brother in Hum Kisise Kum Nahin and also does an item number with her in Bunty aur Babli. We also had Raakhee playing Amitabh’s lover in Kabhi Kabhie and his mother in Shakti. Similarly Shammi Kapoor was Saira Banu’s lover in Junglee but became her father in Zameer.
This blog-post takes a look at those Bollywood star-pairs who can boast of the unique distinction of having played siblings in one film and effortlessly slipped into the role of lovers in other films…
-Dev Anand & Zeenat Aman
This pair is perhaps the most famous of the star-pairs in this category. Though Zeenat Aman made her debut in a small role in O P Ralhan’s Hulchul, it was Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna which established her as an ‘A’-grade star and there was no looking back after that for her. Ironically they were cast as siblings in the film as the whole film revolved around the estranged emotional relationship of the brother and sister.
Later in her career she went on to do many films opposite him as a romantic pair also.
-Priyanka Chopra & Ranveer Singh
Last year this popular star-pair was in the news for two of their hit films- Dil Dhadakne Do and Bajirao Mastani. In the former film Priyanka Chopra played Ranveer’s elder sister and their sibling chemistry was one of the highlights of the film. Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah played their parents in the film which explored the relationships in a rich but dysfunctional Punjabi family. While Rahul Bose played her husband, Anushka Sharma formed Ranveer’s love-interest.
Later in December 2015, she donned the character of Kashibai , first wife of Peshwa Bajirao played by Ranveer in the super-hit film Bajirao Mastani. In 2014, she had already played his lover in the film Gunday.
-Shah Rukh Khan & Aishwarya Rai
In 2000 they came together for the first time in Josh, where Shah Rukh Khan is the leader of a local gang in Goa and Aishwarya who plays his twin sister falls in love with a boy from the rival gang-Chandrachur Singh.
Later in the same year they come as lovers in Yash Raj Films’s Mohabbatein. After this they were seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. In 2002, they also came together for an item number in the film Shakti-The Power starring Karisma Kapoor and Nana Patekar. The film produced by Sridevi had Shah Rukh in a special appearance and Aishwarya only for this song.
-Deepika Padukone & John Abraham
In the 2011 comedy drama Desi Boyz, Deepika Padukone was cast opposite John Abraham while Chitrangada was paired opposite Akshay Kumar. The film showed the two heroes becoming male escorts to earn money for the company ‘Desi Boyz’ fulfilling the fantasies of ladies…
In 2013, the glamorous pair was cast as siblings in Race 2 . John played an ex-street fighter and billionaire gangster and Deepika as his step-sister was a 50% shareholder in all the stakes involved. The two shared an interesting love-hate relation trying to outwit each other for money.
-Deepika Padukone & Arjun Rampal
In her debut making super-hit film Om Shanti Om in 2007, Deepika Padukone played a double role. In her first birth, she is a superstar actress who secretly marries her producer Arjun Rampal and is pregnant with his child little knowing of his evil intentions and is ultimately killed by him under horrific circumstances. Director Farah Khan copied the idea of narrating the whole murder scenario in the form of a song sequence from Karz and the appearance of Deepika as a ghost in the end was copied from Madhumati…
In 2010 once again she teamed up with Arjun Rampal in Sajid Khan’s hit comedy Housefull, but this time as his younger sister and had Akshay Kumar as her love-interest.
–Abhishek Bachchan & Asin
Bol Bachchan (2012) : In this Rohit Shetty directed film Abhishek Bachchan plays a Muslim character but due to unexpected circumstances he is forced to hide his identity, change his name, pretend to be a Hindu and masquerade as another person which leads to lots of comic confusions and hilarious situations. Asin is his sister and paired opposite Ajay Devgn. The film was inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic comedy Golmaal (1979).
The year 2015 saw the pair cast as lovers in the Umesh Shukla directed family drama All is Well where Rishi Kapoor plays Abhishek’s dad. However due to the uninteresting storyline,the film was a super-flop.
-Amitabh Bachchan & Supriya Pathak
Shahenshah (1988) – In this film, written and directed by Tinnu Anand, Amitabh Bachchan maintains a dual image that of a corrupt cop by day and a secret protector punishing the evil-doers at night. Supriya Pathak plays his younger sister and Meenakshi Sheshadri is cast opposite him.
Sarkar -In this 2005 crime drama directed and produced by Ram Gopal Verma, Amitabh Bachchan played the main protagonist who runs his own law and order system and Supriya Pathak played his wife. In the years following the earlier film, Supriya Pathak ended up putting on so much weight, that she fit into the role of his wife with remarkable ease.
-Tusshar Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor
Jeetendra’s son Tusshar Kapoor made his debut in 2001 with the film Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai opposite Kareena Kapoor. The film became a surprise hit of the year and had excellent music.While Kareena was her usual charismatic confident self, Tusshar also managed to give a decent performance.
However a successful debut did not help Tusshar’s career which nose-dived because of bad films and average performances and in 2010, he got to team up with Kareena but this time as her mute brother in Rohit Shetty’s comedy film Golmaal 3.
-Jackie Shroff & Madhuri Dixit
In 1989, Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit teamed up as brother-sister duo in Rajiv Rai’s blockbuster Tridev, while Sunny Deol was her romantic interest. This film had the very popular chartbuster song ‘Oye Oye…’
In 1992, S Vishwanath directed a beautiful film Sangeet which had Madhuri Dixit in double role- that of an older woman and a young blind girl. Jackie Shroff falls in love with the blind Madhuri. She looked stunning in the film.
-Amitabh Bachchan & Hema Malini
They have played lovers in films like Desh Premee, Naseeb, Satte Pe Satta and Baaghban.
But in 1973, in the early part of his career, there was a film Gehri Chaal in which Amitabh played Hema Malini’s elder brother and Jeetendra played her romantic interest.
-Akshay Kumar & Juhi Chawla
The 1997 comedy film Mr and Mrs Khiladi directed by David Dhawan featured this pair as lovers.
Four years later in 2001 director Suneel Darshan made a family drama –‘Ek Rishta-The Bond Of Love’, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Raakhee as parents with three daughters and a son. Akshay Kumar and Juhi Chawla are cast as siblings with Karishma Kapoor as Akshay’s heroine.
–Salman Khan & Neelam Kothari
In 1992, they were paired opposite each other in the romantic film Ek Ladka Ek Ladki…
Seven years down the line in 1999,they were cast as siblings as part of a big family in Sooraj Bharjatya’s multi-starrer Hum Saath Saath Hain. Neelam is shown to have three brothers- Mohnish Bahl, Saif Khan and Salman Khan
-Sunjay Dutt & Raveena Tandon
This pair has starred opposite each other in films like Aatish, Jeena Marna Tere Sang, etc.,
However in 1993, there came a multi-starrer Kshatriya directed by J P Dutta which revolved around feuds and killings between two warring Rajput families in which they end up as cousins.
-Sunny Deol & Urmila Matondkar
In 1987 came an action drama Dacait based on the dacoits of Chambal area. Violent circumstances in the village lead to Sunny Deol’s family being destroyed by zamindar which force him to become a dacoit to take revenge. Urmila Matondkar plays his younger sister in the film.
In 1999, when Sunny Deol directed his first film Dillagi starring himself and his real brother Bobby Deol, he cast Urmila as his heroine and his maiden attempt at direction found appreciation.
–Juhi Chawla & Sanjay Suri
In the 2003 musical comedy Jhankar Beats directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Sanjay Suri and Juhi Chawla play husband and wife. The movie which deals with love friendship and music also starred Rahul Bose Shayan Munshi, Rinke Khanna and Riya Sen and was supposed to be a tribute to R D Burman.
In 2005 came a well scripted film, My Brother Nikhil, which dealt with the topic of AIDS and gay relationships in a very sensitive way. It was the first mainstream film to deal with homosexuality as major part of the story-line and received rave reviews everywhere. Sanjay Suri is in a relationship with Purab Kohli and Juhi Chawla plays his elder sister. When he contracts AIDS he is abandoned by all except these two who stand by him throughout.
Here are some star-pairs from our older lot of stars:
–Dharmendra & Meena Kumari
They made a hit romantic pair in super-hit films like Phool aur Patthar, Purnima, Majhli Didi, Chandan Ka Palna, etc. It was in 1964 that they came together for the first time in the AVM Production ‘Main Bhi Ladki Hoon’.
However the very next year in 1965 they played brother and sister in the film Kaajal where Dharmendra is paired opposite Padmini and Meena Kumari is paired opposite Raj Kumar. In the film, initially Dharmendra is Meena Kumari’s brother’s best friend but towards end it is revealed that due to mix-up of children at a very young age, Dharmendra was indeed her real brother…
-Jagdeep & Nanda
In the 1957 family drama Bhabhi, Jagdeep plays the youngest son of Balraj Sahni and falls in love with a young Nanda who plays a young girl widowed in her childhood. The film is a typical family drama replete with all the ingredients like misunderstanding, sacrifice, wrong allegations, an evil brother,etc., and boasts of some wonderful performances especially from Balraj Sahni, Shyama and Jagdeep.
Two years later, AVM Productions who had earlier produced Bhabhi, signed the pair to play siblings in another family drama titled Barkha. This time Jagdeep has a full-length role and gets to play the main protagonist trying to protect his younger sister Nanda. Both come up with an excellent performance.
–Rajendra Kumar & Mumtaz
In 1963, the film Gehra Daag had Mumtaz playing Rajendra Kumar’s younger sister while Mala Sinha was paired opposite him. It was O P Ralhan’s first film as a director.
In 1972 the duo came together in Taangewaala, produced and directed by Rajendra Kumar’s brother Narendra Kumar. This is a highly forgettable film in RK’s career with a meaningless plot, inane screenplay and dull songs by Naushad.
-Dev Anand & Nanda
Kala Bazaar– a film from the house of Navketan which had all three Anand brothers Chetan, Vijay and Dev acting in it. Dev Anand is involved in black-marketing of movie tickets and falls for Waheeda Rehman but discovers that she is already in love with Vijay Anand. Nanda plays his younger sister.
In 1961 came the last B&W film from Navketan –Hum Dono. It is the only film in which Dev Anand ever played a double role in his career and has Sadhna and Nanda as the two heroines cast opposite him. The film became a super-hit and was also a musical blockbuster and the songs composed by Jaidev remain fresh and evergreen even today.
-Dev Anand & Suchitra Sen
Sarhad (1960) is quite a weird film and is basically a love triangle starring Dev Anand, Suchitra Sen and Padmini. Dev Anand plays a wild, crude and morose forest officer and Padmini, one of the workers, is crazily in love with him. However when Suchitra Sen arrives on the scene and tries to reform him with her love, Padmini becomes jealous and possibly gets to play one of the most evil female characters ever seen on screen.
The same year, Dev Anand and Suchitra Sen came together in another film Bambai Ka Babu with an off-beat theme where they played brother-sister. Dev Anand is a thief and enters the house of a wealthy couple masquerading as their only son who had run away when he was very young. Luckily no one actually recognizes him which makes his entry very easy. However trouble brews when he falls in love with his ‘sister’ Suchitra Sen who unaware of all this treats him like her elder brother. But in the end he does accept her as his sister and even performs the ritual of sending her off in the ‘doli’ or ‘palenquin’ after her marriage.
Here are two films where the star-pair play siblings in one film but in the other they share screen space with each other in only one seductive dance number…
–Rajesh Khanna & Aruna Irani
In 1974, producer D Ramanaidu made Prem Nagar with Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini. This film was a remake of his own Telugu film Prema Nagar (1971) and Tamil version Vasantha Maligai (1972). Incidentally all three versions were super-hits. In the film, the hero is shown to be a rich playboy always surrounded by girls. One such seductress in Prem Nagar happened to be Aruna Irani who had a ‘hot’ number picturized on her and Rajesh Khanna.
However in 1983 came Chetan Anand’s thrilling re-incarnation drama Kudrat in which the same pair are seen as brother and sister. Hema Malini and Priya Rajvansh form the love-interests of Rajesh Khanna.
–Amitabh Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai
In the light-hearted film Hum Kisise Kum Nahin released in 2002, Amitabh plays a doctor who advises one of his patients Sunjay Dutt to get married to the girl he loves little knowing that it his own sister Aishwarya he is after. She in turn loves Ajay Devgn and the ensuing events form the crux of the film.
In 2005, came the crime-comedy Bunti aur Babli starring Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee playing two lovable crooks. Amitabh Bachchan has a supporting role and Aishwarya Rai is there only for the song ‘Kajra re…’. This song became a super-hit and till date remains one of the most popular item numbers ever picturised on screen. Both Amitabh and Abhishek get to shake a leg in this seductive number with Aishwarya.