16 onscreen couples with huge age gaps between them

Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt’s chemistry in the latest Dear Zindagi teaser has gotten everybody talking. The glaring age difference between the two (spoiler alert: it’s 27 years!) is one of the major topics of discussion currently, even sparking debates about ageism in Bollywood. This also brings attention to the upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that has Ranbir Kapoor romancing Aishwarya Rai. Despite the pair being the human embodiment of the fire emoji, and the difference between their ages being just 8 years, people have pointed out the oddity of their onscreen love story.

Whether it’s Hollywood or Bollywood, it is not unusual to see actors with huge age differences cast opposite each other (we’ve got two Dabangg movies and three Deepika Padukone-SRK ones to vouch for that!) We’ve rounded up some onscreen pairings who have a difference of at least 15 years between them.

Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi (27 years)


Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan in Ishqiya and Dirty Picture (29 years)

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Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in Cheeni Kum (30 years)

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Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson in Avengers: Age of Ultron (17 years)

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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and Serena (16 years)

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Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in Sultan (22 years)

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Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in Rowdy Rathore, Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara, Boss and Joker (20 years)


Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow (21 years)

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Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride (19 years)


Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (22 years)

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Sean Penn and Emma Stone in Gangster Squad (30 years)

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Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in Dabangg and Dabangg 2 (21 years)

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Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in 3 Idiots and Talaash (15 years)

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Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express and Happy New Year (20 years)


Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in Race 2 (15 years)


Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Saawariya (19 years)

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