Lead pair chemistry – it is one of the most talked about things in cinema. The reason it evinces so much interest might be the fact that this ‘chemistry’ cannot be manufactured or written into a script, it just happens. The natural level of comfort that two people share on screen must be what we call screen chemistry. Chemistry is not always about a hero and heroine; it can be between two character actors, a hero and a comedian or between any two people on screen for that matter. But, the most often talked about is the hero-heroine chemistry. Other combinations are rarely referred to as chemistry for some reason. What is the secret behind good on screen chemistry? Some might say that a real life pair will be able to produce some sparkling chemistry on screen. Suriya and Jyothika
are the perfect example for this. But, Bollywood can provide some strong counter points. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna never looked great together on screen, neither do Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The Abhishek-Aishwarya chemistry seems to be more hype than what it actually appears to be on screen, the Hrithik-Aishwarya pair looks better. Bipasha Basu and John Abraham have tried a lot to set screens ablaze with their chemistry, but things have not worked out as they would have liked. And, the latest pair, Saif and Kareena has never been a delight to watch on screen. So, the real life couple thing is not the real answer to the question. Screen chemistry is more than personal chemistry. When two people share a good rapport, it can be felt only by the two of them. Only when it is electric enough to transfer effectively to others does it qualify to be screen chemistry. 2009 held a pleasant surprise in the form of Sarvam, which had some infectious chemistry between Trisha and Arya. The film’s ultimate fate at the box office prevented the chemistry from getting noticed much, but there is the feeling that it had the potential to upstage the long talked about Arya-Pooja chemistry. Talk of some great on screen chemistries down the years and the names that are bound to come to one’s mind first are Kamal-Sridevi, for the many films that they have done together. Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha had, perhaps, the most controversial screen chemistries ever. But, the Amitabh-Jaya Bhaduri chemistry too was not far behind in charm. All said and done, we have to admit that good chemistry cannot be produced; it has to be discovered, mostly by serendipitous means. And, it looks like we are upon to something this Deepavali. Vijay has not been too lucky throughout his career with his screen chemistry with heroines. Over the past 4-5 years, he has mainly toggled between a few of the top leading ladies in Kollywood, Trisha being his pair the highest number of times. But, the lead pair’s chemistry has never been talked about much all these years. But now, a handful of stills from Vettaikaran have already started talks of the lead pair’s chemistry. The Vijay-Anushka pair ‘looks good’ according to initial reports. Though it is too early in the day to say anything conclusive, the stills that are out have managed to create a positive impression. They are not very flashy or colorful stills from songs, they are very simple and cute stills of what looks like talkie portions in the movie and Anushka has not been shown in any glamorous light. Yet, the stills have managed to capture the eye. Even non-die hard fans of Vijay seem to like what they have seen till now. These are definitely indications that this pair might end up creating some memorable chemistry on screen. For results, we have to wait for Vettaikaran to hit screens.