Love knows no age or other barriers. Whether it’s Miley Cyrus getting engaged at 19 or Suhasani Mulay tying the knot at 60, romance is timeless.
And even though our films concentrate mostly on young amore, there are few who explore the beauty of the same at a more advanced stage of life.
Here’s a look at Bollywood’s take on mature love stories.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
In Bela Bhansali Sehgal’s directorial debut, which hits the screens on August 24, actor Boman Irani and choreographer turned filmmaker Farah Khan embrace offbeat at it frothiest best to essay Shirin and Farhad and how the two discover each other a little late in the day.
If the droll teaser is any indication, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is looking like a winner already.
Trust Rohit Shetty to grab a classic and provide his successful Golmaal franchise a ludicrous twist.
And so this it’s Basu Chaterjee’s Khatta Meetha that gets sacrificed in order to orchestrate a romantic development between Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah.
The veterans play along as long lost lovers turned married couple in this money-minting comedy.
If you thought romance flies out of the window when a couple has hit senior citizendom, think again.
Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini are a picture of adorability conveying the warmth and affections of a doting husband-wife even as their self-seeking kids do their best to keep them apart in Ravi Chopra’s kerchief caper, Baghban.
The dream pair of Bobby reunite to depict a mature facet of relationships in Hriday Shetty’s Pyaar Mein Twist.
Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia play single parents with adult kids who develop a fond friendship, which is initially frowned upon by their children but later encouraged to take it to another level.
Reema Kagti’s directorial debut employs an ensemble cast to play out the multiple storylines in its narrative about a honeymooning bunch. One of them features a middle-aged newly married couple ( Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi).
While the soft-spoken pair realise the unconventional nature of their circumstances invites unnecessary scrutiny, they are much too sensible to get affected by it.
Not all grown-up romances are of the amiable kind. In Vishal Bhardwaj’s dark drama, Priyanka Chopra goes through seven bad marriages from the age of 20 to 65 to realise none of them is the one.
Two such nuptials, as a silver-haired lady, include a seemingly hunky dory match with Naseeruddin Shah and a creepy compromise with Anu Kapoor.
The gorgeous Dharmendra and luminous Nafisa Ali evoke awws and sighs in Anurag Basu’s Life in a…Metro, which explores the lives of multiple individuals in the bustling city of Mumbai.
Regretful about abandoning his ladylove 40 years ago, a septuagenarian returns to his former love to spend the last leg of their lives in togetherness. It’s a touching subplot executed with utmost sensitivity by Basu.
While we may harbour a youthful image of Shah Rukh Khan’s Veer and Preity Zinta’s Zaara, the reality of this cross-border romance is not exactly as rosy as its dreamy flashback.
After staying 22 years apart, a wobbly Veer and dazed Zaara are finally reunited courtesy a spirited lawyer’s great efforts to set things right. One glimpse of their unyielding devotion and sparkling chemisty, however, is enough to reaffirm it’s never too late.
Golmaal 3‘s original inspiration, the 1978 Khatta Meetha is about a soon-to-retire Parsi widower who feels the need for an emotional anchor to share his happiness, sorrows and four sons to get through the remaining part of his life.
He finds a life partner in an elderly, single Parsi mother of three. This leads to hilarious complications between the peeved children from either side.
Khatta Meetha was rather uncommon for its time but Ashok Kumar and Pearl Padamsee lend their characters an instantly endearing quality that is both encouraging and believable towards the idea of remarrying at any age.
Unlike Khatta Meetha, which treats the subject with reason and wit, most Bollywood films use an oldies romance to generate goofy humour.
And so, on one hand you have a disguised Shammi Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, sporting silver wigs and thick frames that attracts some unwanted attention from the supposedly same-age opposite sex (Lalita Pawar, Anupam Kher respectively) in rom-coms like Professor and Dil Tera Aashiq.
On the other, Kamal Haasan dons an advanced range of prosthetics to pull off a matronly lady that has not one but two aged fellas (Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal) vying for her hand.