11. Randeep Hooda — Nandana Sen (Rang Rasiya)
Upon its announcement Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya (Colours of Passion in English) wasn’t given much importance but now that the stills and promotion has begun, people are starting to take notice of the film especially the lead pair who looks like they’ve done a commendable job. Even by looking at a still, one can feel the intensity and passion between the two. In the film, Randeep plays legendary painter Raja Ravi Varma and Nandana plays his muse. As the English title indicates, expect colours of passion!
12. Fardeen Khan — Sushmita Sen (Dulha Mil Gaya)
Though it was supposed to release last year, Dulha Mil Gaya has been pushed towards the second half of 2008 due to pending post-production work. Though some aren’t too enthusiastic about this pair, fans are eagerly awaiting the return of both Fardeen and Sushmita who haven’t been seen on-screen for a while.
13. Harman Baweja — Amrita Rao (Victory)
Both Harman and Amrita make our list once again, though this time they are paired across each other in the cricket film Victory touted to be an out-and-out sports extravaganza. This film is completely diverse from their other respective releases this year, so one can expect a great deal of versatility from both these actors.
14. Himesh Reshammiya — Shweta Kumar (Karzzz)
No, I didn’t make a spelling mistake—Himesh Reshammiya’s next acting venture really has distorted the classic title by adorning it with three Z’s rather than the conventional one letter. Maybe he wanted to be different? Taking this into account, Himesh has made it certain that he will be seen with a fresh actress on-screen who happens to be producer/director Indra Kumar’s daughter, Shweta. With his new hot-and-happening hair (If you’re into that look…sorry HR fans) Himesh will be back on-screen whether you like him or not and with a seemingly svelte lady by his side.
15. Akshay Kumar — Ayesha Takia (Eight by Ten)
Reportedly set for a Diwali release, Akshay Kumar recently shot for Nagesh Kukunoor’s forthcoming film co-starring Ayesha Takia. Recall that it was with Nagesh’s Dor that Ayesha was finally recognized as a strong actress. They team up once again, this time with the khiladi himself by his side. Nagesh usually knows how to extract the best of chemistry from his lead actors, so expect no less this time around!