7 Popular On-Screen Couples of Bollywood With A Shocking Age Difference

Don’t you have a favorite on-screen couple that dazzles the screen with their sizzling chemistry? They look so well together that fans, like us, end up asking for more projects that feature their best-loved duo. It is the intense yet natural rapport these actors share that make them such a well-loved, but rare combination. Therefore, when we do stumble upon such on-screen couples, a pronounced age difference is a trivial fact to consider when compared to the magic these couples create on the big screen.

Here is a list of 7 of such couples with a vast age-gap whose intense on-screen chemistry won thousands of hearts in the audience and left them wanting more.

1. Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma

Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma

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Anushka Sharma got her first break opposite Sharukh Khan in YRF’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. The movie was an instant hit and so was the on-screen pair featured in it. The 23 years age difference between this on-screen couple did not stop the production houses from bringing these actors together in later projects. Soon, as per the public demand, we saw Anushka and Sharukh in several other movies such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Zero, and Jab Harry Met Sejal.

2. Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha

Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha

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Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of Bollywood veteran, Shatrughan Sinha, gave a hit debut into the industry by starring opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg. The actress has claimed that working in Dabangg has made her realize her true calling as an actor.

The fans loved the combo of the eccentric police officer, Chulbul Pandey and the fierce, independent, yet loveable Rajjo; who doesn’t get intimidated by the antics of a senior police officer. So much so that the on-screen couple with an age difference of 22 years continues to be featured in all the movies of the Dabangg franchise, the latest being Dabangg 3.

3. Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan

Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan 

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The Dirty Picture had three male leads. Yet, the on-screen couple that stole the spotlight with the brazen “Ooh, la, la” song was that of Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah. Naseeruddin Shah was featured perfectly as the macho, egoistical veteran of the movie industry while Vidya Balan plays the starry-eyed novice item dancer who was sadly hired to amplify the heat-factor in movies at the time.

Loosely based on the life of Silk Smitha and other such actresses who were stuck to being typecast as item girls in various movies, The Dirty Picture, speaks of the exploitative nature of the film industry towards women. In one instance, the movie highlights the time-honored tradition of casting old male leads opposite young, novice actresses; while the actresses the same as the age of the hero is downgraded to the role of mothers or aunts.

Therefore, one can say that the significant age gap of 28 years between Shah and Vidya Balan was a plot necessity that worked to the advantage of the film while leaving the audience wanting more of this amazing on-screen couple. The duo has worked together before and also had successful on-screen chemistry in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Ishqiya.

4. Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone

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Ankhon mein teri, ajab si, ajab si adayein hain” is what we hummed when all the media could focus on was Shahrukh’s newly gained six-pack abs. Who can forget the iconic scene of the die-hard fan (Shahrukh) fainting as the dream girl (Deepika) walks by in a fuschia colored ensemble?

Considering it was her debut into Bollywood, Deepika Padukone did a fantastic job of fulfilling not one but two different roles in the movie Om Shanti Om when casted opposite Shahrukh Khan. The duo with an age gap of 20 years was well-received by the audience. We hoped and received the winning combination of this duo in many movies over the years— Chennai Express, Happy New Year, and Billu.

5. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 

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It was quite a stir when the release of Enthiran (Robot) was announced. Not only did the movie feature a futuristic theme, but it also featured the never seen on-screen duo of Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai.

Needless to say, the pair with an age gap of 23 years made quite an amazing twosome as they danced to the tune of Kilimanjaro in the beautiful setting of Machu Picchu, Peru.

6. Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu

Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu

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Both Amitabh and Tabu give genuinely relatable performances in the movie, Cheeni Kum, that focuses on an eccentric man finding true love in the twilight era of his life.

The charming duo can be seen as a breath of fresh air when one is stuck watching the claustrophobic or suffocating plots entailing macho heroes and tameable heroines. It matters little to fans that the on-screen couple shares an age-difference of 29. The duo’s natural chemistry and funny banter throughout the movie left us fans sighing for more.

7. Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar

Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar

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This on-screen couple was featured in a socially relevant movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

Bhumi Pednekar’s role as an outspoken, modern woman was complimentary to Akshay Kumar’s modern man who follows age-old superstitions for the sake of tradition. The couple’s age difference of 22 years forms the perfect setting for the story to evolve as both the characters are unable to relate to the perspective of the other.

Like in real life, age rarely matters when the couple on-screen shares a natural, enviable rapport. These couples have managed to create a fan base that is dedicated to their collaborative projects even if the fans don’t admire the individual actors or actresses. Can you think of other amazing on-screen couples with vast age differences? Let us know by commenting below.

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