While you all might have fallen in love with the college romance between Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee and the friendship between the former and Kajol in the film 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', did you know that the lead pair had a huge age difference? Shah Rukh Khan was 33 back then, who was romancing a 20-year-old Rani Mukherji. A decade later, while Shah Rukh Khan had obviously aged by 10 years, the age of his heroine remained constant. He was seen romancing a 20-year-old Anushka Sharma in 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi'.
This is just one instance. Bollywood has been since long following this ratio of older the actor younger the actress. Following are some actors who have romanced heroines way younger thane them:
1) Salman Khan
The 'Wanted' actor is often paired opposite heroines pretty younger to him. The 52-year-old actor was cast opposite Sonakshi Sinha (23) in 'Dabangg'. He was also cast opposite Kareena Kapoor(37) and Jacqueline Fernandez (32).
2) Shah Rukh Khan
The 52-year-old actor also known as the king of romance has romanced a lot of Bollywood heroines onscreen and people have enjoyed his screen presence. The 'Raees' actor was paired opposite Deepika Padukone(32) in 'Om Shanti Om' and 'Happy New Year'. He was also paired opposite Katrina Kaif (35) and Anushka Sharma(30) in 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' respectively.
3) Akshay Kumar
The 50-year-old has been cast opposite Bhumi Pednekar (28) in 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', Ileana D’Cruz (29) in Rustom and Tamannaah Bhatia (27) in 'Entertainment'
4) Saif Ali Khan
The 47-year-old actor who is married to actor Kareena Kapoor who is 10-years younger to him also romances heroines younger to him. Saif Ali Khan has been paired opposite Deepika Padukone (32) and Kangana Ranaut (31) in 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Rangoon' respectively.
5) Ajay Devgn
The 47-year-old Singham star has been paired opposite Tamannaah Bhatia (27) in 'Himmatwala' and also opposite Parineeti Chopra(29) in the recent film 'Golmaal Again'
While you have seen several actors romancing younger heroines, has anyone seen the opposite? We do not see Rani Mukherji or Juhi Chawla romancing younger actors. This same courtesy is not extended towards women. In fact our perception of what a couple should ‘look like’ is so damaged, that when two actors of nearly the same age – Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor – were cast opposite each other in Ki & Ka, words like ‘aunty’ or ‘buddhi’ get casually thrown around.But, seems like these Bollywood rituals are slowly changing. Reportedly, Rajkummar Rao will be playing Aishwarya Rai's love interest in the upcoming film 'Fanney Khan'. If it is true, it is to be seen how people would react towards it.
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