Actors have always argued how challenging doing a double role in a film can be, and how it is always a great feat if they achieve it, and even greater if they are convincing. Doing a double role in a film is one of the rites that every actor must go through to establish his credibility in the industry, and the best of the best have taken a go at this, Salman Khan‘s Judwaa (1997) for an instance. Talking about Judwaa, the David Dhawan directorial is set to get a fresh installation in its franchise with the director’s son, Varun Dhawan filling in the lead role. The film titled Judwaa 2, will star Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu opposite Varun who’ll be essaying the dual role of Prem and Raja in the film. And with its release just a few days away, we take a look at Judwaa 2‘s chances at the box office, by analysing the performances of some films where the lead was seen in a double role.
Humshakals (2014) – Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor
The film revolved around three people who had a lookalike all with the same name. Despite a strong star cast of Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta, the film had an abysmal performance at the ticket window.
Total nett gross: Rs 52 crore
Budget: Rs 64 crore
Aurangzeb (2013) – Arjun Kapoor
Not only did the film that followed the story of kinship politics failed to hold its own at the ticket window, but also failed to impress the critics. Arjun Kapoor played a double role for the first time in this one. The film also starred Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff in the lead role.
Total Nett Gross: Rs 22.74 crore
Budget: Rs 22 crore
Mubarakan (2017) – Arjun Kapoor
Second time’s the charm it seems for Arjun Kapoor who hit the gold mine in his second stint in a double role. The film that also starred Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty made for a fun family entertainer at the theaters.
Total Nett Gross: Rs 104.51 crore
Budget: Rs 70 crore
Action Jackson (2014) – Ajay Devgn
Not even two Ajay Devgn’s could save the film from being the disaster that it was. In order to escape crime and clutches of a ruthless mafia, a Bangkok based hitman, played by Ajay Devgn seeks the help of his lookalike, a Mumbai based goon.
Total Nett Gross: Rs 57.44 crore
Budget: Rs 93 crore
Roy (2015) – Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline Fernandez attempted a double role and it impressed few, as the film saw their collections plummet by the day with its own review being its biggest enemy. Especially after the film showed promise with an interesting story. The film also starred Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in the lead roles.
Total Nett Gross: 35.87 crore
Budget: Rs 50 crore
Happy Ending (2014) – Saif Ali Khan
The comedy film follows the story of A confused writer (Saif Ali Khan) who goes on the search of inspiration for his next story and falls in love with a best seller author who doesn’t believe in love. The film also stars Ileana D’Cruz, Govinda and Kalki Koechlin.
Total Nett Gross: Rs 22,31 crore
Budget: Rs 57 crore
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) – Kangana Ranaut
This Aanand L Rai directorial hits the right chords with the audiences by collaborating with two Kangana Ranaut’s to make a blockbuster. The film was a sequel to the previous film showing Tanu and Manu’s marriage collapses. But what happens when Manu meets Tanu’s lookalike Kusum – and when Tanu returns, is a hilarious rollercoaster.
Total Nett Gross: Rs 148 crore
Budget: Rs 39 crore
Verdict: Super hit
With the ratio of hits and flops coming as a worrying factor, Judwaa 2’s makers will be sitting with their fingers crossed. However, Varun Dhawan has a clean sheet when it comes to flops, given all his previous films have been received much love so far in terms of pure entertainment. And with Bhai’s template to go with, this may just turn out to be one of 2017’s blockbuster films.