Double Trouble!

BollyCurry brings to you an article featuring some of those actors who have acted in a movie for more than one character. Same face, same body, same person enacting but different characters on-screen.

Friday, October 11, 2013 | 9:00:48 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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There are some actors who act in one movie per year and there who showcase their talent in multiple movies per year. Then there are those who in one movie but in a double role. Same face, same body, same person enacting but different characters on-screen. BollyCurry brings to you some of those actors who have portrayed more than one character in a movie. 

Starting from the earlier days is Amitabh Bachchan who acted in Don as Don and Vijay. While Vijay was the easy going, cheerful man, Don was the ultimate gangster who made not just the Indian police but also the police forces of eleven other countries be on a look out for him, hence the very famous dialogue "Don ko pakarna mushkil hee nahin, namumkin hai". Indeed, his roles as the simpleton and the dreaded villain proves to the audiences that this legend can act!

Seeta aur Geeta is the evergreen, superhit comedy movie by Ramesh Sippy. But what blows the minds of the audience is the stellar performance by Hema Malini as Seeta and Geeta, twin sisters separated at birth and as different as chalk and cheese. Seeta, as her name suggests, is a simple, pleasant girl heavily mistreated by her cruel aunt, while Geeta is brought up in a poor neighbourhood and has major anger issues. A comedy of error ensues as the twins end up switching places and leading each other's lives!

A mess and confusion of a love story was Duplicate which released in 1998 starring Shah Rukh Khan as Bablu and Manu. Bablu is a bubbly guy who is an aspiring chef deeply in love with Sonia, played by Juhi Chawla. On the other hand is Manu who is a criminal escaped from jail to take revenge on his partners for betraying him. After the final showdown, Manu is killed by his girlfriend, Lily, played by Sonali Bendre, while Bablu lives. Shah Rukh Khan was also seen playing a double role in Don 2.

Judwaa, as the name signifies, is a movie in which Salman Khan acted as the loud Raja as well as the calm Prem. Raja was raised in the slums while Prem was brought up by their parents in the United States. Separated at birth, the twin brothers would do exactly the same thing side-by-side. So, if Raja raised his hand, then randomly at the other end of the world, Prem would be raising his hand as well without any reason. This one trait, made the two brothers very unique from the others.

Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi was a 2001 movie by Rahul Rawail. Playing a double role in this movie was Kajol Devgn as two estranged twins, Tina and Sweety. Without the knowledge of their mother in the movie, Sweety is given to the father played by Rishi Kapoor while the compassionate and down-to-earth Tina grows up with her mother after their parents' separation. Destiny makes the two sisters meet and they work to unite their parents at the end. Kajol also briefly played a double role in Dushman.

While talking about actors in a double role, how can one forget the breakthrough debut of Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om, which did wonders for her career. Playing the double role of Shanti Priya as well as Sandy was what captured the interest of the audience. Before the interval, Shanti Priya had mesmerized the audience with her beauty and after the intermission, audience were hypnotized by the efforts of Sandy. Deepika was also seen in a double role in Chandni Chowk to China.

Taking the cake away is Priyanka Chopra who played not one, not two but twelve different characters in the movie, What's your Rashee?, as Anjali, Sanjana, Kajal, Hansa, Rajni, Chandrika, Mallika, Nandini, Pooja, Vishakha, Bhavna and Jhankhana. Ranging from jolly, cheerful, traditional characters to a character who is modern, technically savvy and very mature were the roles that Priyanka played leaving the audience stunned!

Kaminey in 2009 saw Shahid Kapoor in a double role as two diametrically opposite characters Charlie and Guddu. While Charlie has a lisp, Guddu stutters in his speech. So alike are the brothers yet so different as Charlie is a bookmaker at a racecourse while Guddu works for the awareness of AIDS. The end of the movie is almost bittersweet when Guddu's lover, played by Priyanka Chopra, gives birth to twin sons and Charlie has his happy end with the girl he saw in his dream at the beginning of the movie.

Akshay Kumar is also on the list of those actors who have starred in a dual role. Given the opportunity in the movie Rowdy Rathore, Akshay was seen as a small-town thief, Shiva, as well as ACP Vikram Rathore. Complete opposites were these two characters and he accomplished the feat with finesse. Adding to this mix was Chinki, the child who belonged to Vikram but was mistakenly given to Shiva. Oh, what a comedy that might have been! 

The end of Krrish in 2006 saw the reunion of the father-son duo, both played by Hrithik Roshan. Taking this further in Krrish 3, more than ten years after the release of the original film in the sci-fi series, the talented actor playing the role of the father, Rohit and the son, Krishna is definitely one to watch out for.

While these actors have had a fun time portraying dual roles in movies, BollyCurry will not miss this chance to shout out to some other actors who have also done a commendable job pulling off double roles in movies: Anil Kapoor as Kishen Kanhayia, Dilip Kumar as Ram aur Shyam, Ajay Devgn in Deewane, Arjun Kapoor in Aurangzeb and Dev Anand in Hum Dono.

Here's hoping that the readers also had a fun time reading about the unique and dynamic yet completely opposite roles that the actors played in movies listed above. Do let us know who you think was the best in a double role.

Author: Saraa K.
Editor(s): Neethi B. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Marsh P. 

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Posted on: 14 October 2013 at 8:02am
Love u hrithik roshan. You are the best.

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Posted on: 14 October 2013 at 3:59am
Love you Shahid...
you rocks...

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Posted on: 13 October 2013 at 10:36am
love u Deepika Padukone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted on: 12 October 2013 at 6:19am
loved judwaa - apparently they making a judwaa 2 with saif and kareena in it...

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Posted on: 12 October 2013 at 12:52am
shahurkh khan n salman khan rock so as kajol

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 11:58pm
Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Love u Shahid Kapoor Akshay Kumar Rockksss

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 6:54pm
Priyanka Chopra was fabulous in what's your rashee?

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 6:40pm
Duplicate was hilarious! Whenever I see a comedy movie more than once I don't laugh the second time but every time I watch Duplicate, I always laugh. What a beautiful movie it was!

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 6:29pm
love priyanka chopra
She is the besttt

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 10:24am
I've seen all movies and love the double roles always! There's fun. LOL

Beautifully written Jaan. <3

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