Do Bollywooders take comparison with contemporaries in their stride?

MUMBAI: With Nawazuddin Siddiqui expressing displeasure over unending comparisons with Irrfan, we focus on other actor jodis in Bollywood which have constantly been measured by the same yardstick

Hrithik Roshan is Bollywood’s Greek God, and Harman Baweja resembles Hrithik. Sneha Ullal is known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s doppelganger, and Zareen Khan is Katrina Kaif’s chubbier version. Is Abhishek Bachchan as good as Amitabh Bachchan? Who’s better – Deepika Padukone or Anushka Sharma? Ranbir Kapoor or Ranveer Singh?
Comparisons may be flattering and at times, odious, but they are inevitable – the two people may or may not belong to the same generation and line of work. And if an unwelcome comparison lingers on for too long, it can get bothersome. Like Nawazuddin Siddiqui has expressed his “irritation” at the media constantly likening him to his Lunchbox co-star Irrfan, who prefers to stay mum about it.

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It was in the same year that the two actresses won their beauty titles. In keeping with the trend of beauty queens entering Bollywood, the duo signed their first film together, ‘Andaaz’, which proved to be a box office hit. After that, analogies were drawn between them for several years. They, however, have remained friends though deciding to follow different paths – Lara is happily married and has turned producer after cutting down on her acting assignments while Priyanka continues acting in Bollywood, taking up US television shows and making her mark as a singer too.
Hailing from the South and having established themselves in that film industry, it was but obvious for the two veterans to be under media scrutiny for their work, appearance and dancing skills. They, however, are known not to be on talking terms despite being part of many films together. It is said that Jayaprada’s comment on natural and acquired beauty had hurt Sridevi, so they stopped interacting with each other.

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