9 male celebrities who married older women

By Shikhar Jiwrajka

Gone are the days, during which, the bride-to-be always was younger than the groom. Be it Sunil Dutt of the ‘60s or Saif Ali Khan in the 2000s, many couples in Bollywood ducked the trend and have had a successful married life. Here’s a list of 11 couples who debunked the age-angle theory when it came to their marriage:

Shirish Kunder

Shirish Kunder first met Farah Khan on the sets of Main Hoon Na. Their friendship soon changed into love. Shirish is 8 years younger to Farah, their age difference wasn’t a bother in tying the knot. They got married in 2004 and currently have three kids. Farah is remembered to have said, “I don’t know if one is reborn or not, but if it were so, then I would like to marry Shirish in my second birth too.”

Abhishek Bachchan

The most-talked about couple in the B-Town – Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, also have the age- angle to their love story. Abhishek is 2 years younger than his wife. The pair got married in 2007 and have a daughter together.

Farhan Akhtar

Talented young director-singer-actor, Farhan Akhtar is married to Adhuna Bhabani who is 6 years older than him. The duo met when Farhan was script writing Dil Chahta Hai in 2000. They got married in the same year and are blessed with two daughters.

Aditya Pancholi

Aditya Pancholi said, “Age was never a problem and even our families were supportive.” Aditya is 6 years younger than his wife Zarina, who believes that it’s destiny that has brought them together. Despite their altercations often being highlighted in media, the pair has been married for over 27 years.

Sunil Dutt

It’ll be surprising to know that the legendary actor Sunil Dutt who married Nargis, was a year younger than her. Their chemistry sparked off when Sunil saved her life on the sets of Mother India (1957). Nargis once told Sunil, “I am so attached to you that even death can’t take me away completely from you.”

Sachin Tendulkar

The god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is 6 years younger than his wife Anjali. He believes that the age gap between the two indeed helped them more of an understanding towards each other. Married in 1995, they have been together for more than 18 years now. They have two children named – Sarah and Arjun.

Raj Kundra

The proud co-owners of an IPL franchise, Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty, married in 2009.  The duo met at an event of ‘S2’ perfumes, where it was being launched, and they  instantly hit it off. Raj Kundra is actually 3 months younger than his wife. Viaan is the name of their only baby.

Dhanush

Aishwarya Rajnikanth Dhanush is a film director and a classical dancer. Aishwarya is the eldest daughter of Mr. Rajnikanth, who married Dhanush in 2012. Dhanush is a year younger than his wife.

Saif Ali Khan

Although not together anymore, Saif Ali Khan was married to Amrita Singh before marrying Kareena Kapoor. Saif was 12 years younger than Amrita and the pair were together for 13 years which lead to a divorced in 2004.