Disha Patani and before, Salman Khan’s growing age gap with his leading ladies in numbers
Are you worried about aging? Are you bothering that gray hair and dark circles and lines on your face? Well you have to take anti aging advice from traditional Bollywood heroes who still work with actresses much younger than them. Bollywood Bhaijaan Salman Khan is no exception, defying science and getting younger by the day. You do not agree? It doesn’t matter since Bollywood filmmakers and casting directors think otherwise. For them, Sallu ‘bhai’ stopped aging after 1990.
Even Dabangg Khan thinks he is the same age as his co-actor Disha Patani, 27 years younger than him, in his latest actor Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai. In a filming video from director Prabhu Dheva, while talking about Disha Patani’s work in the film, Salman said, “She did a great job in the film. She looks very beautiful. We are the same age too. No, she didn’t look my age, I looked like hers. FYI, Salman is 55 and Disha is 28.
But this is not surprising to those who have followed Salman’s work. He has often romanticized actresses 20 years younger than himself while actresses younger than him have even tried out the role of his mother. Concrete example: Sonali Kulkarni. She was nine years younger than Khan when she played her mother in the 2019 movie Bharat. The average age of actresses who worked with Khan during her three-decade career is 25,493 years.
In the first film of the hit franchise, Dabangg, then 45-year-old Salman Khan had a romantic relationship with 23-year-old Sonakshi Sinha. Dabangg 3, released in 2019, had paired it with 21-year-old Saiee Manjrekar, 33 years younger than Khan. She is the youngest actor Salman has paired opposite. Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma are all in their twenties while Salman was around 50.
But whatever, because in Hindi cinema age is a number that affects an actress’ CV and not superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. And that’s not a trend that started recently, the age industry has been offering us combinations of a younger actress and a much older actor for decades.
The last time Salman had a romance with an actor closer to his age was in the 1993 film Hum Aapke Hain Koun starring Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri is only two years younger than Salman. The only time Salman has been paired with an older woman is Sridevi with Chandra Mukhi (1993) and Chaand Kaa Tukdaa (1994).
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