When the 20-something heroines Deepika Padukone and Asin made their debuts with stars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan (both in their 40s) in Om Shanti Om (2007) and Ghajini (2008) respectively, their age difference became the talk of the town, yet both the films turned out to be blockbusters.
We are again going to see a number of big stars romance girls who are even less than half their age in some upcoming films. Sunny Deol will be seen with the 19-year-old Urvashi Rautela in Singh Saab The Great. But the young debutant is least worried, and vouches for the chemistry she believes she shares with Deol. “I’m being a professional. Age is just a number. When you’ll watch the movie, you’ll see great chemistry between us,” she says. We take a look at other such pairings, where the age gap is of no concern.
Rajinikanth (62), Deepika Padukone (27)
Age difference: 5 years
Initially, Deepika Padukone was supposed to star with Rajinikanth in the Tamil superstar’s daughter Soundarya's mega-budget production, titled Rana.
But, due to Rajini’s ill-health, the film kept on getting delayed and stands shelved for now. However, in between, Soundarya announced another film project, Kochadaiyaan, with her father and Deepika. The film is now complete and is scheduled to hit theatres in December this year.
Akshay Kumar (46), Shraddha Kapoor (21)
Age difference:25 years
For the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Ramana (2002), a number of names were floating around for the female lead including Sonakshi Sinha, Shruti Haasan and Amala Paul. But, Shraddha is believed to have been finalised opposite Akshay. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali production will go on floors mid-next year and release on August 15.
Sunny Deol (57), Urvashi Rautela (19)
Film: Singh Saab The Great
Age difference:38 years
Urvashi came into limelight when she won Miss Universe India 2012. Originally from Uttarakhand, she was signed on by director Anil Sharma after he had screen-tested over a 100 girls. For another upcoming film, I Love New Year, Sunny will be seen opposite yet another young heroine, Kangana Ranaut, (26). The age difference between them is 31 years.
Age is just a number
Other films that will see male stars with female actors almost half their age
Salman Khan (47) and Daisy Shah (23)
Film: Jai Ho
Age difference: 24yrs
Aamir Khan (48) and Anushka Sharma (25)
Age difference: 23yrs
Shah Rukh Khan (47) and Deepika Padukone (27)
Film: Happy New Year
Age difference: 20yrs
Ajay Devgn (44) and Yami Gautam (24)
Film: Action Jackson
Age difference: 20yrs
Randeep Hooda (37) and Alia Bhatt (20)
Age difference: 17yrs