Bollywood is a place adored by one and all, and bollywood celebrites worshipped as deites. Looked down upon is these celebrities’ on and off relationships and marriages falling apart, only for new ones to take shape. But one thing generally looked down upon some, while adored by some others, is the age difference between so many couples in the film industry. While it is a statement of individual freedom and love beyond boundaries by these celebrities, these relationships also prove radical for the society, bringing in a new way of marriages in modern India.
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
They tied the knot in 2012, and have been the hottest B-town couple ever since. Kareena who has now become the Begum of Pataudi, can hardly hide the love she has for husband Saif, while Saif is absolutely comfortable displaying his affection for Bebo, publically. Even though a lot of hearts broke when these two love birds finally tied the know, including probably some old forgotten boyfriends and girlfriends, they look absolutely perfect with each other every time they step out together for a public appearance.
Rajesh Khanna and dimple Kapadia.
One of the most good looking superstars of Bollywood broke the heart of millions of fans when he married Dimple Kapadia, who was 14 years younger to him and still in her teens. The marriage gave Bollywood, one of its most good looking couples. After giving birth to two girls the diva separated from her husband owing to trouble in their relationship, but came back and went on to live with him for the sake of their daughters. The couple had been together since then and parted ways only after Rajesh Khanna’s death in 2013 at the age of 70.
Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput
A fresh Lady Shri Ram College for Women graduate, Mira Rajput married one of the most eligible bachelors of the Hindi film industry. Even though Shahid and Mira have an age difference of 13 years, they look absolutely adorable together. The most talked about wedding of 2015, it left thousands of girls sobbing, for Shahid, known to be one of the hottest actors in Bollywood today, married a commoner, a peer of them all. This beautiful couple can often be seen making public appearances, be it coming out of the gym together or officially participating in a fashion show.
Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan got married for the first time when he was only 21 years old. Having been warned by his mother against entering the sacred alliance of marriage, Saif flouted all societal norms by getting married to a woman 12 years his senior. And this woman was none other than the dynamic, Amrita Singh. The couple has a son and a daughter. They split later due to some trouble in their relationship. What is worth noticing is the sheer beauty of going against set rules of courtship and marriage of the Indian society and managing to sustain it impeccably for a fairly long time. An inter-religious marriage where the girl is 12 years older to the boy, is what one can call a radical alliance of sorts.
Hema Malini and Dharmendra
After having shifted from a small town in Punjab and making it big in the Hindi Film Industry, the talented Dharmendra fell for the equally talented and beautiful Hema Malini and got married to her inspite of having a wife and children. Dharmendra is said to have converted to Islam to be able to marry more than once without having to divorce his first wife. Call it infidelity or love Dharmendra was so head over heels in love with Hema that he tied the knot with her despite all odds. Hema was equally in love with Dharmendra as is evident from the fact that he was 13 years older and had a wife and kids when Hema decided to marry him.
Sunjat Dutt and Manyata Dutt
After marrying twice and failing both times, Sanjay Dutt did not lose faith in the institution of marriage, and got married a third time to Manyata Dutt. They two are now proud parents to twins, a girl and a boy. Their relationship is the perfect example of ‘love knows no boundaries’. Having had bitter experiences with his ex-wives, Dutt mustered the courage to marry again a woman 19 years younger to him. And their public appearances tell that they are perfectly happy in each other’s company. That’s what one calls the power of love.
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu
The couple that still looks as beautiful as it used to more than four decades ago, Saira Bano and Dilip Kumar look very much in love even today. With an age difference of 23 years, Saira Bano was only 22 when Dilip Kumar was 45. Their love and the sanctity of their relationship has remained intact even after tribulations in their relationship every time Dilip Kumar was linked to a co-star. One of Bollywood’s cutest couple, they made it to the list not only for the age difference in their marriage but also for the love that shows in their eyes for each other even after so many years of living together under the keen eye of the media.
Kiran Rao and Amir Khan
Claiming to have cordial relations with his ex-wife, Amir seems like a perfect friend in the guise of a husband. Inspite of an age difference of 9 years, this couple is one of the most envied couple in B-town for the sheer respect and space they give each other. Every public appearance they make, speaks volumes of how they act as pillars of support for each other. They now are proud parents of a baby boy, usually nursed by Amir every time they are spotted together in public.
Sridevi and Bonny Kapoor
The alliance of Sridevi and Bonny Kapoor is said to have completely destroyed Bonny Kapoor’s marriage with ex-wife Mona Kapoor and left his children devastated. But maybe love cannot distinguish between right and wrong and despite an age difference of 9 years, Sridevi married the family man Bonny Kapoor and has 2 beautiful daughters now. Their marriage has stood the test of time and come out with flying colours inspite of the trial and tribulations.
Farah Khan and Shrirish Kundar.
Another example of the woman being older to her husband, Farah Khan’s wedding with Shirish Kundar has had its ups and downs. But their relationship is going strong. The couple, with an age difference of 8 years has two daughters and a son, three of them being triplets. They might not belong to the league of glamorous couples of Bollywood but their relationship is one to look up to.