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When actresses sizzled with younger men onscreen

Last updated on: June 3, 2011 12:52 IST

Image: Arunoday Singh and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Madhur Bhandarkar has finally zeroed in on the actor who will be cast opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in his much publicised upcoming film Heroine.

Arunoday Singh, who was last seen in Yeh Saali Zindagi, has been reportedly roped in to play leading man. Now it's interesting to note that the upcoming actor is a whole decade younger than Ash.

This is quite a breakthrough because in Bollywood, aging actresses are relegated to 'character' roles in films -- getting to romance younger actors is a far cry.

But it's not totally unheard of too. Click through the slide show and find out which other actors and actresses have gone this route before.

Ranbir and Bipasha (Bachna Ae Haseeno)

Image: A still from Bachna Ae Haseeno

Bipasha, who is four years Ranbir's senior, plays his first girlfriend in the film. And although Ranbir romances Deepika Padukone (his then real life lady love) and Minissha Lamba too in the film, his chemistry with Bipasha is simply crackling.

Rana Daggubati and Bipasha (Dum Maaro Dum)

Image: A still from Dum Maaro Dum

Bipasha did it again. She paired up with 26-year-old Rana Daggubati for Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum and the pair really complemented each other.

Guess age is just a number for Bipasha.

Shahid and Rani (Dil Bole Hadippa)

Image: A still from Dil Bole Hadippa

Rani Mukerji made a comeback in a hot avatar with an even hotter co-star -- Shahid Kapoor. The actress is three years his senior but looked much younger than her years with her svelte figure.

Together they created magic. It didn't help the film much though.

Ranbir and Konkona (Wake Up Sid)

Image: A still from Wake Up Sid

Konkona Sen Sharma is three years older than Ranbir Kapoor and the two make for an unlikely pair. But they did put up a good show as a couple in Wake Up Sid.

Saif and Madhuri (Aarzoo)

Image: A still from Aarzoo

Saif is four years her junior but that didn't deter the Pataudi lad from acting opposite Madhuri in Aarzoo.

Akshay Khanna and Dimple (Dil Chahta Hai)

Image: A still from Dil Chahta Hai

It's a poignant tale of unrequited love, not because the lady turns down the proposal but because her life's journey is cut short by illness.

Akshay Khanna plays an introvert artist who falls for a much older divorcee, played by the gorgeous Dimple Kapadia.

Akshay Kumar and Rekha (Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi)

Image: A still from Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi

Rekha got frisky with Akshay Kumar, who's more than a decade younger than her in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. The two left us wondering if something was cooking between the two for real.

Adhyayan and Kangna (Raaz 2)

Image: A still from Raaz 2

The young actors fell in love much before shooting for Raaz 2 commenced. So the then real life couple sizzled on screen for the horror sequel.

It didn't exactly create ripples. And oh, Kangna is two years older tha Adhyayan Suman.

Sanjay Suri and Juhi (Jhankar Beats)

Image: A still from Jhankar Beats

This cutesy couple made it work with their genial humour and a chemistry that develops when actors are comfortable in each others company.

No wonder the two have collaborated repeatedly since the first time.

Saif and Dimple (Being Cyrus)

Image: A still from Being Cyrus

And we saved the badasses for the end. Dimple plays a bored-out-of-her-wits wife who lives in Panchgani with her eccentric sculptor husband.

When Saif (Cyrus) walks in their lives, hoping to become an apprentice for the sculptor, Dimple can barely keep her mind and her hands off the strapping young man.