Bollywood Jodis does two things perfectly – influence us and give us major couple goals or shock us with unconventional pairings. Although the former one is all our favourite, the latter one has often been a risk-taking idea. So when we think about the hit Bollywood pairings the few names that come to our mind are Shahrukh Khan – Kajol, Ranbir Kapoor – Deepika, Aamir Khan – Juhi Chawla, Madhuri – Anil Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty – Akshay Kumar, to name a few. Talking about the latter ones, we were taken back when Naseeruddin Shah was cast opposite Vidya Balan in ‘The Dirty Picture’ or when Amitabh Bachchan was cast opposite the much younger Jiah Khan. So coming to the point that made us think all these things is ‘Anil Kapoor reuniting with Aishwarya Rai’. Okay. These grabbed our attention because we were excited as after Taal (1999) and ‘Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai’ (2000), Ash and Anil were set to romance on-screen. But we were taken by surprise when it was revealed that not Anil Kapoor but Aishwarya is paired opposite Rajkummar Rao in ‘Fanney Khan’.
We have listed 10 unconventional jodis in Bollywood. Here we go:
Dimple Kapadia – Akshaye Khanna, Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
The multi-starrer comedy-drama focuses on the lives of three young friends – essayed by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna. The film was a hit at the box office. One of the highlights of the film was the chemistry between Akshaye Khanna and much older Dimple Kapadia.
Rani Mukherjee – Amitabh Bachchan, Black (2005)
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Black’ features Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji in lead roles. The movie revolves around a deafblind girl (Rani) and her relationship with her teacher (Amitabh) who himself later develops Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Black’ also features a kiss between the lead pair. The film draws inspiration from Helen Keller’s life and struggle.
Jiah Khan – Amitabh Bachchan, Nishabd (2007)
In Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Nishabd’, Bachchan’s character, a senior citizen, falls in for the much younger Jia, essayed by Jiah Khan. Jiah Khan was 19 when she appeared in a bold avatar in her debut film ‘Nishabd’. She was paired opposite Big B who was 65 then. The film received mixed reviews from critics, praises has been given for the lead actors’ performances, however, plot and script have been subject to criticism.
Tabu – Amitabh Bachchan, Cheeni Kum (2007)
R Balki’s directorial debut ‘Cheeni Kum’ shows Amitabh Bachchan’s 64-year-old character Buddhadev Gupta falling in love with Tabu’s character Nina Verma who is 34-year-old. Gupta is a London restauranteur who meets Nina after an initial agreement about the quality of food prepared by him. When she returns to India to help her ailing father, he follows her with a hope to impress her family. But her father Omprakash Verma, played by Paresh Rawal, objects the relationship.
Konkona Sen Sharma – Ranbir Kapoor, Wake Up Sid (2009)
The Mumbai-based romance revolves around a college student Sidharth Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) and a writer Kolkata (Konkona Sen Sharma). Sid is carefree and someone without any responsibilities.
Kangana Ranaut – Sunny Deol, I Love NY (2013)
Talking about unconventional jodis, this pair is a must in the list. The romantic comedy is a film that features events between two people – Kangana Ranaut and Sunny Deol – in a span of two days over New Year’s Eve. Sunny plays the role of a lover boy while Kangana plays a stylish person.
Alia Bhatt – Randeep Hooda, Highway (2014)
The road drama is a story of a girl (Alia Bhatt) and her abductor (Randeep Hooda). Bhatt develops Stockholm syndrome after being kidnapped. The out-of-the-box casting made the movie special, with much younger and one film old Alia Bhatt being cast opposite Bollywood’s dark horse Hooda.
Deepika Padukone – Irrfan Khan, Piku (2015)
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, ‘Piku’ was a masterpiece that had a cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, and Deepika Padukone. The audience was taken for a surprise when Irrfan was paired opposite Deepika. Though the two did not have any romantic scenes together, the affection for each other was beautifully portrayed.
Ranbir Kapoor – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Despite their real and reel age difference, Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai’s chemistry steals the limelight. The film also features Anushka Sharma in lead role. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is high on emotions and showcases a love triangle between Aish, Ranbir, and Anushka.
Alia Bhatt – Vicky Kaushal, Raazi (2018)
‘Raazi’ is the year’s one of the biggest hits, be it the film’s direction or casting. The period drama is based on Harinder Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Sehmat’ and is directed by Meghna Gulzar. The film features Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan and Amruta Khanvilkar, in lead roles. The film is about an Indian secret agent married to a Pakistani military officer during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. Apart from the topic, the unique pairing of experimental actors is the cherry on the cake.