By Meenu Bahuguna Last Updated:
Mark Twain had rightly said that age is an issue of mind over matter. If you do not mind, it does not matter. We have all seen ageing Bollywood heroes romancing young heroines, but the dynamics of love are changing rapidly. The age bar has taken a backseat, and many of our celebrities are setting the right example in this context. Be it huge or little, the age difference has never come in the way of romance for these Bollywood couples.
Here, take a look at some of the most successful couples in Bollywood, who got married despite their huge age differences.
The madly-in-love couple, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu’s first meeting was on the sets of their film, Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge in 2009. Their initial reaction to each other was more of indifference rather than even a simple friendship, however, with time, love sparked between the two. In 2013, the lovebirds had moved in together but remained silent about their future. Finally, after years of their live-in relationship, Kunal had proposed to Soha in 2014, in the city of love, Paris. It was on January 25, 2015, when Soha and Kunal got married at their Khar residence.
After which, it was on September 29, 2017, when Kunal and Soha got blessed with a baby girl, whom they have lovingly named Inaaya Naumi Kemmu. According to Republic India, Soha Ali Khan’s net worth is almost around Rs 50 crores, while Kunal Kemmu’s net worth is reportedly around 5-7 million USD.
Soha Ali Khan was 37 and Kunal Kemmu was 32 when the two had gotten married to each other on January 25, 2015. But Kunal and Soha’s age difference of 5 years has never affected their relationship even to this very day, as they’re regarded as one of the best couples in the Bollywood industry.
Film editor-turned-director, Shirish Kunder met Farah Khan for the first time on the sets of her directorial debut, Main Hoon Naa. Their friendship on the sets soon evolved into love. After some time, during a party, a drunk Shirish told Farah everything about his feelings and since Farah also felt the same way, the two started dating each other. After being in a relationship for some time, Farah and Shirish decided to get married.
Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder got married in 2004 in three different religious ceremonies. The first one was a registered wedding which was followed by a South Indian marriage where Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan did the kanyadaan of Farah and finally, there was a nikah ceremony. In 2008, the couple welcomed their triplets and named them Diva, Anya and Czar. According to the reports, Shirish’s net worth is around 1-5 million USD and Farah’s net worth is reportedly 50 million USD.
The age gap between Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder is of eight years and when the two had married each other, Farah was 39 and Shirish was 31. Because of their huge age gap, everyone had doubts about their future. But Farah and Shirish proved everyone wrong, as they’re living happily with their three children.
The first meeting between Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai was on the sets of their film, Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000). However, it was between 2006-2007, when they started developing feelings for each other, as they were shooting for three different films, Umrao Jaan, Guru and Dhoom 2 together. Finally, it was after the premiere of the film, Guru, in Toronto, when he proposed to her in New York, and she immediately accepted his proposal.
The lovebirds, Abhishek and Aishwarya got married on April 20, 2007, and their union is still regarded as one of the biggest weddings in Bollywood. On November 16, 2011, Abhishek and Aishwarya had welcomed their daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan into their world. According to reports, Abhishek Bachchan’s net worth is around 28 million USD and Aishwarya Rai’s net worth is around 31 million USD.
The age difference between Abhishek and Aishwarya is of 3 years. For the unversed, in 2007, Abhishek Bachchan’s age was 31 and Aishwarya Rai’s age was 34 when the lovebirds had tied the marital knot with each other.
Read the love story of another famous couple of India with such age difference: The Love Story Of Anjali And Sachin Tendulkar
Director-turned-actor, Farhan Akhtar’s first wife was Adhuna Bhabani, who was six years older than him. Adhuna had met Farhan for the first time when he was still writing the script for Dil Chahta Hai. After a series of meetings, the two had fallen in love with each other and in 2000, Farhan and Adhuna got married. In the coming years, the stunning couple, Farhan and Adhuna were blessed with two daughters, Shakya and Akira.
Due to compatibility issues, the two had parted ways in 2016. The ex-couple officially got divorced in 2017 and the custody of their daughters was given to Adhuna. According to the reports, Farhan Akhtar’s net worth is around 2.5 million USD and his ex-wife, Adhuna’s net worth is under 1 million USD.
The age difference between Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabani is of 7 years. At the time of their marriage in 2000, Farhan was 26-year-old and Adhuna was 33-year-old.
In 1986, Aditya Pancholi had met Zarina Wahab for the first time on the sets of their film, Kalank Ka Tika and the two hit off instantly. Soon after the film’s release, Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab got married by the end of 1986.
Soon, the couple was blessed with two kids, Sooraj Pancholi and Sana Pancholi. Talking about the financial prowess of the two, Aditya Pancholi’s net worth is around 1 million USD and his wife, Zarina Wahab’s net worth is between 1-5 million USD, according to multiple reports.
For the unversed, Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab's age difference is of 6 years. At the time of their wedding in 1986, Aditya was 21 and Zarina was 27 and their wedding had redefined the concept of marriage at that time.
Legendary actor, Sunil Dutt got married to Nargis, who was a year older than him, and also a bigger star than him at that time. Their relationship began when Sunil Dutt saved her from the fire that broke out on the sets of their 1957 film, Mother India. On March 11, 1958, Nargis and Sunil secretly got married and had then announced the news to their close ones. The elite couple, Sunil and Nargis were blessed with three kids, Sanjay, Priya, and Namrata.
Talking about their age difference, Sunil Dutt was 28-year-old when he got married to his 29-year-old ladylove, Nargis and had started his happily-ever-after with her.
After going through a failed marriage, Archana Puran Singh met Parmeet Sethi at a friend's place and they had hit off instantly, as Parmeet was bowled over with Archana's beauty and grace. After a brief dating period, they had a live-in relationship for four years and on June 30, 1992, Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi got married and sealed the deal forever. Talking about their financial details, Archana’s net worth is around 30 million USD and her husband, Parmeet’s net worth is around 1-10 million USD, according to multiple media reports.
For the unversed, the age difference between Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi is of seven years. They have been together for more than 20 years now, and are still very much in love.
Bollywood’s once loved and ideal couple, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia had broken the hearts of many when they had decided to end their 21-year-long marriage. The duo was considered as the epitome of a steady relationship and was looked upon by all the millennial couples. Arjun and Mehr got married in 1998 and have two adorable daughters, Mahikaa (2002) and Myra (2005).
When Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia opened up about their plans of marrying each other, many people had pointed their fingers towards their age gap of 2 years, but it had never caused any harm to their married life. For the unversed, Arjun was 26 years old when he married the 28-year-old Mehr in 1998.
Shilpa Shetty had decided to tie the knot with the London-based businessman, Raj Kundra on November 22, 2009, breaking the hearts of many. Three years later, in 2012, Shilpa and Raj had embraced parenthood with the arrival of their little bundle of joy, Viaan Raj Kundra. Then in 2020, Shilpa, Raj and Viaan were overwhelmed with the arrival of an angel, Samisha Shetty Kundra via surrogacy.
The age difference between Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra is of three months only and at the time of their marriage, Shilpa and Raj were 34 years old.
Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu had come close to each other during the shooting of their film, Alone in 2015. After dating each other and setting the headlines on fire with their romantic camaraderie, Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover got married on April 30, 2016. Earlier, Karan’s mom was against this marriage because of the age difference but later agreed to their alliance. They have clearly proved that age is just a number when there is love!
The age difference between Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover is of three years and it was a huge topic of discussion when the two had announced their decision to marry each other. At the time of their wedding, Karan was 34 years old and Bipasha was 37 years old. The couple has inspired everyone with their love story and hard work to reach their respective dreams. Their financial details speak everything about this power couple, as Bipasha Basu’s net worth is estimated to be around 15 million USD and Karan Singh Grover’s net worth is 30 million USD reportedly.
The next couple in this list is the Southern superstar, Dhanush and his wife Aishwarya (daughter of Rajinikanth). The couple got married on November 18, 2004, and has been going strong since then! Dhanush and Aishwarya are proud parents of four kids, Linga Raja, Yatra Raja, Linga Dhanush, and Yathra. Talking about their financial backing, Dhanush’s net worth is reportedly around 20 million USD and Aishwarya’s net worth is between 1-5 million USD.
South superstar, Dhanush is one year younger than his wife, Aishwarya and during their wedding in 2004, Dhanush was just 21 years old and Aishwarya was 22 years old.
Amrita Singh was already a big star in Bollywood when she fell in love with a very young Saif. They got married against Saif’s parents’ wish. They had a 12 year age gap but that didn’t stop them from falling for each other. Together Amrita and Saif welcomed two kids, Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan in their lives but the couple had ended their 13 years of marriage in 2004.
Saif Ali Khan was only 21 years old when he got married to Amrita, who was 33 in 2004 when the two had become each other’s forever. But Saif and Amrita’s age gap of 12 years wasn’t on the list of things that broke their happily ever after.
Be it fashion or relationships, Bollywood has always been a trendsetter in the nation. These couples with their successful relationships have proved that true love recognises no barriers, and is really an inspiration for many.