What is better than one? Two, of course! And that is exactly what moviemakers in India have cashed in on in all these years. The double role formula is evergreen and has worked big time in many Bollywood films.
Have a look at 10 memorable films of this genre!
1- Ram Aur Shyam – Dilip Kumar
It was the story of twins, played by Dilip Kumar, separated at birth. Shyam grows up to be a street smart man-about-town while Ram is a bumpkin much abused by his brother-in-law. Things get right when the duo by chance exchange places.
2- Angoor – Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma
The movie saw Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma as identical sets of twins, who are separated at birth, and how circumstances bring both the sets together causing mayhem in the entire family. It boasted of intelligent humour and was not exactly a masala film.
3- Aakhree Raasta – Amitabh Bachchan
The film has Amitabh Bachchan playing a double role. That of a vigilante hell-bent on revenge and that of his son, a police officer who has sworn to stop him. The highlight of the film was the unique ways with which the father killed his intended marks.
4- Seeta Aur Geeta – Hema Malini
The story revolves around identical twins Seeta and Geeta (played by Hema Malini) who are separated at birth. While Seeta is a rich heiress controlled by her cruel relatives, Geeta is a badass street performer. Fate gives the girls a chance to step into the other’s shoes and live the life they want.
5- Appu Raja – Kamal Haasan
Kamal Hassan plays an honest police officer who pays a heavy price after he gets involved with a group of criminals. Years later, his son, Appu, goes on a vengeance spree and his twin is mistaken as the culprit.
6- Chaalbaaz – Sridevi
‘ChaalBaaz’ was a story of twin sisters separated at birth, ably portrayed by the gorgeous Sridevi, who changed into the docile Anju and the daring Manju in a flash!
7- Kishen Kanhaiya – Anil Kapoor
Twin brothers, played by Anil Kapoor, Kishen and Kanhaiya, are separated at birth and one is raised in a mansion and the other in a poor family. They reunite in a bid to fight evil.
8- Aankhen – Govinda, Kader Khan, Raj Babbar
‘Aankhen’ saw not one, not two, but three actors in a double role and with a mistaken-identity-storyline, keep the viewers laughing all the while. ‘Aankhen’ was a thriller comedy, which had Govinda, Kader Khan and Raj Babbar in dual roles.
9- Tanu Weds Manu Returns – Kangana Ranaut
Things go south for Manu (R Madhavan) when he falls in love with his wife Tanu’s twin Kusum, both roles played by Kangana Ranaut. This confusion clarifies many important things for all three of them.
10- Judwaa – Salman Khan
The film revolved around separated-at-birth twins who suffer from reflection syndrome, wherein what one experiences would be felt by the other, depending on their proximity. While one grows up to be a rockstar, the other is a tapori. They somehow end up locking horns with Mukesh Rishi’s character, whose father was responsible for their separation.