When men dated OLDER women in the movies
Unconventional motifs are hard to come by in the formula-frenzied universe of Hindi films.
Which is not to say we don't stumble upon exceptions every now and then -- Twitter sensation Poonam Pandey makes her Bollywood debut with Amit Saxena's Nasha, story of a 25-year-old woman falling for a teenager, this July.
Here's looking at other films that explore this off-beat love story and its dynamics.
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Image: Poonam Pandey and Shivam Patil in Nasha
In Ajay Bahl's neo-noir directorial debut BA Pass, Chak De! India actress Shilpa Shukla plays a housewife, who seduces a small-town boy in Delhi.
She is Sarika Aunty to actor Shadab Kamal's college going Mukesh before the unusual pair embark on their torrid affair.
Image: Shilpa Shukla and Shadab Kamal in BA Pass
Wake Up Sid
Ranbir Kapoor's carefree Sid has some sense knocked into his head as he comes closer to Konkona's Ayesha, an aspiring writer who doubles up as a voice of reason in his life.
The duo falls in love while she gingerly guides him towards an independant life.
Image: Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in Wake Up Sid
This 2005 comedy film starred Amin Gazi as a teenaged rich kid, who spends his days obsessing over his 25-year-old teacher, played by Payal Rohatgi.
Image: The Tauba Tauba poster
In Leena Yadav's 2003 film Shabd, Aishwarya Rai plays wife to a Booker-winning author (Sanjay Dutt) and falls in love with a younger guy (Zayed Khan).
Interestingly, it's her husband, who tells her to have the affair as part of an experiment for his next book.
Needless to say, it ends badly.
Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Zayed Khan in Shabd
Rejected by critics, this 2003 dramedy starred Deepti Naval as a cantankerous widow who has an affair with an overbearing youngster (played by Kannada actor Sunil Raoh), who comes to live with her.
Despite a promising premise, the film failed to wow audience and critics alike.
Image: Sunil Raoh and Deepti Naval in Freaky Chakra
Ek Chhotisi Love Story
Saddled with controversies and a highly publicised face-off between the film's director Shashilal K Nair and lead actress Manisha Koirala over the sexually explicit scenes in it, this film generated a lot of buzz.
The film explores vouyerism through the eyes of its teenaged protagonist who fixates on his pretty 26-year-old neighbour and her sexual escapades through the telescope in his room.
Image: Movie poster of Ek Chhotisi Love Story
Dil Chahta Hai
Akshaye Khanna's artistic Siddharth falls for a gorgeous middle aged divorcee, who moves in his neighbourhood.
Played expertly by Dimple Kapadia, Tara Jaiswal is a troubled architect with a drinking problem.
Image: Akshaye Khanna and Dimple Kapadia in Dil Chahta Hai
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
Credited as Rekha's first villianous role, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi features a steamy scene between her ganglord Maya and Akshay Kumar, who saves her life from goons sent by her nemesis.
Apart from Akshay's daredevil stunts and a song extolling his character's many virtues, his onscreen chemistry with his older costar was a talking point for the longest time.
Image: Akshay Kumar and Rekha in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
Shah Rukh Khan, always the early bird, essayed the role of a younger lover much earlier in his career.
As one of Maya's (Deepa Sahi) many enthusiastic (in his case young) lovers, SRK leaves quite an impression in this 1993 Ketan Mehta film.
Image: Shah Rukh Khan and Deepa Sahi in Maya Memsaab