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7 Films That Focused On A Face Off Between Superstars

1.     Khalnaayak:  What a game  of cat-and-mouse Sanjay Dutt  played  with  Jackie Shroff! Dutt was the  terrorist. Shroff was  the   cop on his trail. And Dixit  was  the moll. Duttwalked away with all the wah-wahs since  the  bad boy always  gets the audiences’ attention. But it was Jackie  who came up with the more  controlled  performance. Will Tiger  do  a  Jackie on Hrithik in War?

2.     Deewaar: So who loved  the  mother more?  Standing like two unmovable   rocks on the  opposite ends  of the moral spectrum , Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoordelivered  masterly  performances as  brothers  on a warpath with one  another. The  dialogue where  Bachchans  taunts  Shashi about his bank balance and  bungalow ends with Shashi’s  rabble rousing line, ‘Mere paas maa hai’.  The  Bachchan  played the loser with  monumental  empathy. Shashi  had a more difficult role. The Good Son  is  so  boring.But he gets Mama. Damn!

3.     Katha: Personifying   the hare and  the tortoise fable  Farouq Shaikh and  NaseeruddinShah played  brilliantly against one  another to win Deepti Naval’s attention. The results were quite appealing   in their  contoured representation of   the moral conflict. SaiParanjype’s  followup to  Chashme Buddoor , to my mind Katha was a better film.

4.     Mujhse Shaadi Karoge: A far more naughty and  vigorous  take on the tortoise-and-hare legend than Katha ,  David Dhawan achieved a casting coup by signing  Salman Khan 

and Akshay Kumar as Priyanka  Chopra’s tenants-suitors. Salman was a  godfearingteetotelar. Akshay  was a skirtchasing beer guzzler. They made the courtship battle  a  joy to  behold.

5.     Fan: Shah  Rukh  chased  by an obsessive  fan played by Shah Rukh Khan. It  was  a fantastic  premise well executed  by director Manish Sharma  who  knew  exactly  how  to  pull  of  this   Khan-versus-Khan battle  without  toppling  over  the abyss. A  two-hero faceoff   never seemed  more  inviting.SRK was  a hoot as his  own fan.

6.     Hera Pheri:  Akshay Kumar played  games  of one-upmanship with  Suneil Shetty , while Paresh Rawail  played some  kind of a referee in this madly  entertaining  rendering  of  the  Tom & Jerry saga. This was  the  film that effectively showed  Akshay’s comic timing. But if he didn’t have Suniel Shetty to play off against, what  would Akshay’s  endearingly roguish  performance have  been worth?

7.     War: This  brings us to War. For here, in a unique  Hero-Versus-Hero spin  the moral compass doesn’t swing  steeply from one protagonist to another. Both Hrithik  and  Tiger are  bad/good boys. The  fun  here lies  in figuring out who is more  badass.

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