Faced with the double onslaught of Covid and OTT, Bollywood needs a slew of immediate hits to reiterate its position as the nation's primary mode of entertainment. The fact is also complicated because, in the rapidly changing scenario of glamour, most of Bollywood's established big stars no longer automatically guarantee blockbuster returns. At the same time, the new and upcoming names are too fresh to be tested.
Producers announcing projects in the post-lockdown scenario are, therefore, going for a mix of old and new when it comes to pairing stars. So, Akshay Kumar is cast with a whole new set of actresses in his upcoming films -- from Sara Ali Khan in "Atrangi Re" to Vaani Kapoor in "Bell Bottom" to Manushi Chhillar in "Prithviraj". Deepika Padukone has been cast with Siddhant Chaturvedi in her untitled next while Katrina Kaif was signed up with Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi in "Phone Bhooth". These are but just a few examples.
Here's a list few such pairs that look interesting: