While near-50 heroes have been habitually romancing girls less than half their age on screen, the reverse trend seems to be catching on in Bollywood now. Actresses are being paired opposite younger actors, too. Commercial cinema no longer considers it a taboo for an older actress to court a younger actor on screen. There have been the stray instances in the past, of course. In the ’70s, Zeenat Aman romanced Rishi Kapoor, a year younger than her. Akshaye Khanna had a love track with Dimple Kapadia in Dil Chahta Hai but that was owing to demands of the script. Aishwarya Rai romanced Vivek Oberoi in Kyun… Ho Gaya Na, and Abhishek Bachchan in Dhai Akshar Prem Ke and Kuch Na Kaho. While Vivek is three years younger, Abhishek, who she subsequently married, is younger by a couple of years. These, though, were exceptions. The trend seems to be catching on now.
KAREENA KAPOOR, 32 romances IMRAN KHAN, 30 in GORI TERE PYAAR MEIN
Kareena has consistently been among the top female stars over the past decade. While her career has mostly been on a high, the only producer who seems to be offering her roles after her marriage last year is buddy Karan Johar. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, produced by Karan, casts her opposite Imran Khan with whom she has already starred in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, also produced by Karan. While that film was a passable hit, Kareena will hope for a better show this time.
Imran’s career is yet to soar to the heights it was expected to when mamujaan Aamir Khan launched him in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Apart from his debut film, most of his hits such as Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (co-starring Katrina Kaif) and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (Kareena) have banked on the heroine. Considering his last, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, bombed, he will bank on his pairing with Kareena for another hit.
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The romantic comedy is directed by Punit Malhotra, who made the Imran-starrer I Hate Luv Storys, the actor’s biggest success so far. Karan signed Kareena after Punit’s rumoured ex-girlfriend Sonam Kapoor dropped out.
KALKI KOECHLIN, 29 romances ADITYA ROY KAPOOR, 27 in YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI
Kalki has carved a niche in Bollywood with her range despite not being comfortable with the Hindi language, ever since she shot to fame in hubby Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D. Not burdened with a set image, she fits the bill in commercial as well as crossover films. She can gel as the second heroine in a mainstream hit like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and score with a strong role in an art film like That Girl In Yellow Boots.
Aditya has done supporting roles in films such as Guzaarish and Action Replayy. His solo career is expected to take off with Aashiqui 2, releasing next week. In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, he plays a romantic second lead opposite Kalki.
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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a coming-of-age road movie directed by Ayan Mukerji. While the rom-com primarily revolves around Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, Kalki and Aditya form an important aspect of the script. The film has been shot at scenic locales from Kashmir to France.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA, 30 romances RANVEER SINGH & ARJUN KAPOOR, both 27 in GUNDAY
Ex-Miss World Priyanka, though counted among the top female stars in Bollywood right now, has had to weather storm lately owing to her alleged fallout with Salman Khan and also because of rumours linking her to Salman’s bete noire Shah Rukh Khan. Ranveer and Arjun, considered two of the brightest prospects among leading men in the post- Khan era, seem to be practical choices. Her only upcoming biggie is Krrish 3 but that film is being touted as a Hrithik Roshan vehicle. So, she would bank on the newbie heroes of Gunday for a superhit.
Ranveer is second cousin to Sonam Kapoor from her mother’s side, and he had a smooth entry into Bollywood with Band Baaja Baaraat. He quickly became the blueeyed boy of Yash Raj Films, who produced his debut film as well as his next, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, and the upcoming Gunday. Arjun came with the pros and cons that every star kid faces, being the son of producer Boney Kapoor. Although his debut film Ishaqzaade saw only a middling run at the box-office, he is not short of offers. After his action role in Gunday, he will play the loverboy in 2 States.
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Gunday is about a couple petty thieves in Kolkata of the eighties who go one to become coal mafia dons. The film is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. A major part of the film was shot in Kolkata.
SHRUTI HAASAN, 27 romances GIRISH KUMAR, 26 in RAMAIYA VASTA VAIYA
Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruti tried foraying Bollywood with Luck opposite Imran Khan but the film bombed. She returns in Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya, with Prabhu Deva directing. The film is more in the new because it introduces Tips honcho Kumar Taurani’s son Girish in Bollywood. Shruti’s career as a star is yet to take off and she divides her time between acting and singing. She has also composed music for Tamil films.
Opting to be launched as Girish Kumar, the budding actor wants to avoid being known by his illustrious surname. Kumar Taurani’s son will have the advantage of being introduced in a film directed by Prabhu Deva, known as the man with the Midas touch after Wanted and Rowdy Rathore. Girish has the advantage of being the scion of the family that own Tips Films, one of the biggest banners in Bollywood.
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Kumar Taurani wanted a launchpad that would showcase his son as a traditional Bollywood hero. He chose Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya, a simple romantic drama that should give scope to Girish to showcase his dancing skills, romantic image and range in drama. Jacqueline Fernandez does an item number in the film.