Top 5 most memorable double roles in Hindi cinema
At some point of Indian film cinema, double role was considered as the most efficient formula by filmmakers. We can surprisingly find that almost each and every top actor of Bollywood has played a double role in at least one film in his or her film career from Salman Khan in Judwa, Govinda in Aankhen, Sunil Shetty in Gopi Kishan to Anil Kapoor in Kishen Kanhaiya. Audiences have always loved to see their favourite hero in two viable characters where one is shy and the other is daring at an exciting price of single ticket.
But in past decade, somewhere this formula did not worked and not many filmmakers tried to exploit the dual characters. At present, the history has altered and concept of double role is gaining its high popularity back. The new stars have innovatively showed up in double roles from Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey to Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal and Bipasha Basu in Dhoom 2. However, the recent movies that exhibited novel actors in double role include Tusshar Kapoor in Bheja Fry, Deepika Padukone in Chandni Chowk to China and Ranvir Shorey in Mithya.
However, it will be quite interesting to glide via assortments of Bollywood double roles and list them impressively as top five most memorable double roles of Indian cinema.
1. Ram Aur Shyam
The topmost memorable double role goes to way back in 1967 to Dilip Kumar for his double role in Ram Aur Shyam where he undoubtedly offered a brilliant performance. This eminent movie exhibited one of the best roles of his for which he won the best actor award.
2. The Great Gambler
The second best memorable double roles in Hindi cinema are Amitabh Bachchan's double role in the movie The Great Gambler in 1976. In this superhit movie the superstar had acted as Jay and Vijay, the inspector. Though, Amitabh Bachchan has grandly played as double as well as triple roles in innumerable hit films but this film offered a totally different image to this legendary actor.
3. Seeta Aur Geeta
Third in the list is Hema Malini in Seeta Aur Geeta in 1972 where she exhibited her best to audiences. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her double role in this movie which is still considered as most memorable double roles of Indian cinema.
The fourth best memorable double roles are genuinely Sridevi's Anju and Manju, twin sisters in Chaalbaaz which was graciously released in 1989. Her performance was incomparable and this movie made her to win the prime Filmfare Best Actress award in 1990. In 1991, she again played a double role in Lamhe acting as mother and daughter which won her the second Filmfare Best Actress Award.
5. Om Shanti Om
Shahrukh Khan's double role in Om Shanti Om released in 2007 is regarded as fifth most memorable double roles in Hindi cinema. This reincarnation movie is a novel version of superhit movie Karz. Moreover, this movie had truly inspired many Hollywood directors. Surprisingly, in his upcoming movie RA One Shahrukh is again performing a double role. As stated by IIFA, Shahrukh Khan is undoubtedly decade's best actor.
It seems that the trend of double role is here to stay and Robot was the latest film where Rajnikant played a double role. The future promises to bring more such interesting double roles to the Hindi audience.