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From playing a couple to turning siblings will the audience accept Ranveer-Priyanka’s new outing in Dil Dhadakne Do?

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Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh who played lovers in <i>Gunday</i> turn on screen siblings in Zoya Akhtar’s <i>Dil Dhadakne Do</i>

Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh sizzled as lovers on screen in Gunday and are paired as husband and wife in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Bajirao Mastani. But in their latest outing in Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do they are seen as siblings who share intimate secrets and stand by each other through thick and thin.

After appearing as lovers in <i>Gunday</i>, they are seen as siblings in <i>DDD</i> and will be seen as a couple again in <i>Bajirao Mastani</i>
After appearing as lovers in Gunday, they are seen as siblings in DDD and will be seen as a couple again in Bajirao Mastani

Ask Priyanka if the audience will accept them in such conflicting roles on screen and if it’s difficult for her as an actor to pull it off, and she says, “It has happened before when actors have had the courage to step out of their comfort zones. Aishwarya and SRK did that earlier. People just have to be actors and act. It has nothing to do with who you are playing and whether you are a husband or a child. Shefali Shah played Akshay Kumar’s mother despite being younger than him. Anupam Kher played such an old man in his debut Saaraansh. We are actors and our job is convincingly act out our parts.”

As PC and Ranveer get ready to test their on screen pairing as siblings, let’s take a look at actors who played siblings and lovers on screen in different films.

Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan

Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan as lovers in a still from <i>Devdas</i>  and as siblings in <i>Josh </i>(R)
Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan as lovers in a still from Devdas and as siblings in Josh (R)

Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan  played star crossed lovers in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas. Their chemistry, longing and separation as unrequited lovers was as convincing in this epic drama as was their role as siblings in Josh.

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Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri

Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri played a couple in <i>Jhankar Beats </i>and siblings in <i>My Brother Nikhil</i>
Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri played a couple in Jhankar Beats and siblings in My Brother Nikhil

After their mushy romantic outing as a couple in Jhankar Beats, Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri went on to play siblings in Onir’s My Brother Nikhil. Juhi gave a superlative performance as a sister who stands by her brother who is diagnosed with AIDS.

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Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley as lovers in <i>The&nbsp;Fault in Our Star</i>s and as siblings in <i>Divergent</i> (r)
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley as lovers in The Fault in Our Stars and as siblings in Divergent (r)

The Fault in Our Stars is one of the most moving love stories of teenagers played by Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley who meet at a cancer patients support group and fall in love. As an audience we rooted for these lovers to stay together. Who could have thought they would end up playing siblings in Divergent just as convincingly?

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