Salman Khan (53) To Romance Alia Bhatt (26): Sanjay Leela Bhansali | POPxo

53-Year-Old Salman Khan To Romance 26-Year-Old Alia Bhatt: What Has Bollywood Come To?

53-Year-Old Salman Khan To Romance 26-Year-Old Alia Bhatt: What Has Bollywood Come To?

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known worldwide for big-budget films with extravagant sets that look straight out of a dream and a star cast that we can't get out of our dreams...until now! The Padmaavat director recently put all speculations to rest by confirming that Alia Bhatt and Salman Khan are going to be the lead pair in his next film titled Inshallah. The tweet read:

At this point, I would like to put this out there:

We couldn't agree more with this Twitter user.

Salman Khan started his career in Bollywood in 1988 (when he was 23 years old) which is way before Alia Bhatt was even born (1993). And to think that the two of them are going to be romancing in a film sounds unsettling. Salman, as of today, is 53 years old whereas Alia just turned 26 on March 15. Salman is more than twice as old as Alia with an age gap of 27 years.

Image: Deccan Chronicle

Alia tweeted yesterday announcing the same:

Salman, on the other hand, who will be working with the filmmaker after 20 years since Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) tweeted:

In HDDCS, Salman was seen with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. At the time, they were at the peak of their romantic relationship giving us all kinds of couple goals. LOL!

But Salman and Alia's pairing isn't the first time Bollywood has compelled us to say, 'What's wrong with you?'. Here are some, 31 to name a few, popular Hindi films that made me question Bollywood's logic behind casting:

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Zero - Shah Rukh Khan & Anushka Sharma (Age gap: 23 years)


Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express, Happy New Year - Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone (Age gap: 20 years)


Kick, Race 3 - Salman Khan & Jacqueline Fernandez (Age gap: 20 years)


Dhoom 3, Thugs of Hindostan - Aamir Khan & Katrina Kaif (Age gap: 19 years)


Chandani Chowk To China, Housefull, Desi Boyz - Akshay Kumar & Deepika Padukone (Age gap: 18 years)


Jab Tak Hain Jaan - Shah Rukh Khan & Katrina Kaif (Age gap: 18 years)


Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Partner, Yuvvraaj, Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bharat - Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif (Age gap: 18 years)


Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Namastey London, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, De Dana Dan, Tees Maar Khan - Akshay Kumar & Katrina Kaif (Age gap: 16 years)


Love Aaj Kal, Aarakshan, Cocktail - Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone (Age gap: 15 years) 


Shaandaar, Udta Punjab - Shahid Kapoor & Alia Bhatt (Age gap: 12 years)


And did you notice one thing? In all these movies, the male actor is older than the female actor. It is barely ever the other way round because God forbid! The case that comes to mind is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor (age gap: 9 years) in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, as the movie's plot required it so. 

No wonder social media is losing it over Salman and Alia's Inshallah. We're wondering what Bhansali sahab was thinking while deciding the film's cast?

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