AGE NO BAR IF YOU ARE A HERO

Bol­ly­wood has al­ways been fas­ci­nated with older men ro­manc­ing younger girls, and the new films only re­it­er­ate this stand

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

When you are a 46-year-old who has six packs and beat the hell out of goons with your bare hands, you get to ro­mance ladies half your age.

Ajay Devgn sure knows what we are talk­ing about, The 46-year-old ac­tor will be seen shar­ing the screen with Dilip Ku­mar’s grand-niece Sayesha, who is just 18 years of age. And he’s not alone, a host of ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood will be seen work­ing with younger hero­ines. Hrithik Roshan (41) will be work­ing with ac­tor Pooja Hegde, who is 17 years younger than him. Shahid Kapoor, 34, will be ro­manc­ing Alia Bhatt, 22, in their up­com­ing film.

Cast­ing di­rec­tor Mukesh Ch­habra says that as long as the pop­u­lar cin­ema in In­dia is ruled by men over 40, this trend isn’t likely to change. “Aamir, Shah Rukh and Sal­man Khan have turned 50-years old, Ak­shay Ku­mar is 48, Ajay Devgn is 46... still they get ALIA­cast with girls onethird of their age. The au­di­ence are happy to see an un­usual jodi on screen. When these he­roes act with younger hero­ines, they also look young on screen.”

Shahid, who worked with 26-year-old Shard­dha Kapoor in Haider says work­ing with a younger hero­ine is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. “It is great work­ing with new girls. They are en­thu­si­as­tic, tal­ented and have a great at­ti­tude,” he has been quoted as say­ing.

Trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han at­tributes this trend to a shorter ca­reer span of hero­ines in cin­ema. “A hero­ine’s ca­reer is very short. The au­di­ences don’t want to see the same face re­peat­edly. And films mostly fo­cus on the male lead, so it works to cast a new­comer girl,” he says.

The young girls are cer­tainly not com­plain­ing! 23-year-old Amy Jack­son, who ro­manced 48-year-old Ak­shay Ku­mar in her re­cent re­lease Singh is Bli­ing, was over the moon when she was cast. “I had to ac­tu­ally pinch my­self ! I couldn’t be­lieve it and right till the last day of shoot, I was like “Am I ac­tu­ally work­ing with Ak­shay Ku­mar?” she said.

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