Sonakshi Sinha is all set to bring on the third release of the year, Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3. The movie will see a 56 year old actor romancing 21 year old newcomer Saiee Manjrekar. The actress who also made her Bollywood debut with the first instalment of the film, on being questioned about the age gap existing in the industry was left startled and stupefied.
Sonakshi was talking to quint.com, where she was quizzed about how older male stars consistently feature opposite much younger female actors and it is never the other way round
Asked about how the age gap between male and female stars is just becoming bigger and bigger, Sonakshi said: "Oh wow! If you put it that way, but would you want to see Madhuri Dixit romancing Ishaan Khatter?"
The actress said Madhuri romancing Ishaan would be "a bit odd".
Why is it not odd when Salman Khan is romancing a 21-year-old? Why is it odd when Madhuri Dixit is romancing an Ishaan Khatter?
"I don't know, actually. I have not thought of it that way," Sonakshi said.
Sonakshi said one should ask Salman as to why he keeps romancing younger girls.
"You should ask him only know? What is he eating or what is he doing to keep looking so young and keep romancing the younger girls with every film," she said.
Has she ever thought about this? "No, actually I haven't because, for me, it's a job, right? And hats off to him for having sustained a career for so long in the industry, and you know, still working with as much gusto as he did, initially. And I think it's great to have achieved something like that. So if you have a problem with it, you should go and ask him," she said.
When asked that people are not accepting women doing the same thing, Sonakshi said: "Honestly, if I was, I was at an age of 50, I would feel odd romancing a guy who's 22-years-old."
The debate around older male actors romancing young female actors has been going around social media for some time now. It’s not unusual to see a 53-year-old Salman Khan paired opposite a 21-year-old Saiee Manjrekar, and now even Akshay Kumar, who is 52, will be seen romancing Manushi Chillar, who is 22.
In an interaction with the media, he was asked about his views on the same and the actor sidestepped the question by saying that he has worked with Rekha, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit too. Now, it’s worth noticing that Madhuri is the same age as Akshay, and so was Sridevi.