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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is no stranger to working with male stars younger to her. Her husband, Abhishek Bachchan with whom she has done several films with, is three years her junior. Now, in debutant director Atul Manjrekar’s ‘Fanney Khan,’ Aishwarya is paired with Rajkummar Rao, who is 10 years younger than her.

The writers are now considering adding a scene with dialogue addressing the age difference. Says a source, “Should the age difference not be mentioned at all? In real life as well as in films, there are so many pairs where the woman is older than the man. At the same time, the audience will notice and wonder about the age difference. So, we will add a few lines justifying the age difference, though Aishwarya and Raj are very well-matched.”

Recently, many A-list heroines have been paired with younger co-stars, reports DNA India. In R Balki’s ‘Ki & Ka’ (2016), Arjun Kapoor was Kareena Kapoor Khan’s junior and the age difference was explained in the script, though it wasn’t planned initially. Earlier, when Kapoor was paired with the much-younger Imran Khan in Shakun Batra’s ‘Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu’ (2012), there was an explanation added to the narrative after the producer Karan Johar saw the rushes.

Of the topic Balki said, “But we don’t really need to make a song and dance about the age difference. All these gorgeous women look not a day older than the younger men they are paired with.”

This particular trend has not been of recent making. Mala Sinha, who was senior to Sanjay Khan was cast opposite him in ‘Dillagi’ (1999). Meena Kumari did films with Dharmendra, who was her junior. Veteran actresses Nutan and Waheeda Rehman also worked with actors junior to them. Last year, Hema Malini was paired with the Rajkummar Rao in ‘Simla Mirchi’ (2016).

With A-list actors staying away from heroine-oriented films, the path clears for more talented young actors being paired with older heroines.

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