Going to the movies, at least Bollywood style, is the best way to escape the harsh and often boring reality of mundane living. Seeing couples enact what a perfect romance should look and feel like is often at the core of a Bollywood movie’s charm. Examples of couples who have successfully set the screen on fire include Amitabh and Rekha, Shah Rukh and Kajol, Akshay and Katrina, Ranbir and Deepika etc. On the other hand, there are couples whose lack of chemistry has left the audience simply cold. Masala! brings you some of the worst screen couples to have ever graced the silver screen.
Priyanka Chopra & Uday Chopra
Movie: Pyaar Impossible
What the movie was about: Abhay Sharma (Uday Chopra), a geek falls in love with a suave hottie, Alisha (Priyanka Chopra). She has no clue about his feelings but years later, they reconnect and this time, he is Alisha’s daughter’s nanny!
The fizzle factor: Sexy Priyanka and geeky Uday appeared to be more happy siblings than people in love. Usually an effortless actress, Priyanka was awkward and uncomfortable. Uday, while good in limited parts of the movie, seemed at a loss when in scenes with his ‘ladylove’. All in all, this was one pairing that we can all safely say will not work again.
Shahid Kapoor & Vidya Balan
Movie: Kismet Konnection
What the movie was about: Kismet Konnection (in other words connection of fate) was the story of an architect who doscovers that Vidya Balan (a stranger) always brings him good luck. He then befriends her and ensures she is around him whenever he goes to secure a project deal.
The fizzle factor: There were rumours of a link-up between Vidya and Shahid but when watching the movie, we didn’t feel any such spark at all. Shahid looked like a college boy while Vidya – whose western wardrobe didn’t suit her at all – looked like his elder sister. In this case, real life romance didn’t translate to the silver screen at all.
Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor
Movies: Tashan, Qurbaan, Agent Vinod
What the movies were about: Tashan was a bullet-strewn action flick which revolved around Saif and Kareena’s love story. Qurbaan dealt with terrorism and Agent Vinod was a mindless mish-mash of a spy and his lady love.
The fizzle factor: The only good thing about Tashan was the real life love story that evolved between Saif and Kareena. But they failed to impress the audience on screen. The couple tried acting together again in Qurbaan but again, their pairing was a dismal flop. Agent Vinod sealed the fate of Kareena and Saif on screen – a complete no-no! Perhaps the movies were to blame too as even a gorgeous couple can’t make a bad film work. Saif should opt for Deepika Padukone while Bebo should perhaps reignite things with Shahid… strictly on screen of course. Remember Jab We Met?
Rajinikanth & Aishwarya Rai
What the movie was about: Rajinikanth played a double role – an inventor (Dr. Vasi) and a robot (Chitti). A sudden flash of lightning evokes emotions in an otherwise emotionless robot, and Chitti is integrated into the human world and falls in love with Dr Vasi’s fiancée Sana (Aishwarya Rai).
The fizzle factor: It’s true that Rajinikanth doesn’t need a heroine to ensure big bucks at the box-office. However, some sort of chemistry between the lead pair is but a prequisite for any sort of film. Strangely, beautiful Ash could very well have been one of the robots in the film and it would have made no difference to the way Rajinikanth looked at her! This was a flop pair indeed.
Ranbir Kapoor & Pallavi Sharda
What the movie was about: Besharam (shameless) is the story of a street smart car mechanic Babli (Ranbir Kapoor) who has no sense of right or wrong till he unwittingly hurts the love of his life Tara (Pallavi Sharda). Babli then sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life.
The fizzle factor: Pallavi and Ranbir allegedly shared cold vibes from day one of the shoot, which translated to screen too. It almost appeared as if they were forced to come together for the camera. It was rumoured that Ranbir deliberately kept away from Pallavi, which is quite unlike him. Whatever the reason for their lack of camaraderie or chemistry, we expected better from a stellar actor like Ranbir who, we think, could even pretend to be in love with a tree. Hmmm – or does he only have eyes for Kat these days?
Shahid Kapoor & Rani Mukerji
Movie: Dil Bole Hadippa
What the movie was about: Veera (Rani Mukerji), a fiery village girl, dreams of playing cricket in the big league. To realise her ambition Veera disguises herself as a guy and tries to play cricket. Her brilliance on the field earns her a place in the local team coached by Rohan (Shahid Kapoor).
The fizzle factor: Once again Shahid, looked much younger than Rani. They simply couldn’t hold it together on screen. Perhaps what also added to their failure as a screen couple was Rani’s alleged interference behind the scenes. Shahid looked very bored in a film that was meant to showcase Rani’s brilliance as an actress.
Bobby Deol & Sonam Kapoor
Movie: Thank You
What the movie was about: Thank You is about three married men trying to have some fun outside their marriage. Akshay Kumar plays a detective who specialises in extra-marital relationships. Irrfan Khan (Vikram) is married to Shivani (Rimi Sen), Suniel Shetty (Yogi) is married to Maya (Celina Jaitley),and Bobby Deol (Raj) to Sanjanaa (Sonam Kapoor).
The fizzle factor: Both Sonam and Bobby are very average actors and together they were plain dull! Playing the nagging wife to henpecked husband Bobby, Sonam’s on screen frustration translated to what she might have felt in real life too!
Vivek Oberoi & Aishwarya Rai
Movie: Kyun! Ho Gaya Na
What the movie was about: Diya (Aishwarya), an intelligent university student travels to Mumbai to take an exam and meets the light-hearted Arjun (Vivek Oberoi). His views on love are completely opposite to hers and they fall in love.
The fizzle factor: While most real-life couples tend to share magic on screen, Ash managed to look stone cold even while paired with Vivek who she was dating. They couldn’t whip up any chemistry despite a kissing scene! Snooze!