Age no bar

Romancing younger men on screen seems to be in vogue in Bollywood

NOW IT’S Bipasha Basu who pairs up with Ranbir Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh in two forthcoming films. While Ranbir is Bipasha’s co-star in Siddharth Anand’s Bachna Ae Haseenon, the actress teams up with Neil in Jehangir Surti’s Freeze. Bipasha plays a slightly older co-star to both the young men. In Freeze, Bipasha is cast as a DJ opposite Neil’s role of a high-flying photographer.

Bipasha is at the moment reluctant to talk about her role. “We’re in discussion. I like the script. It’s too soon to talk about it,” she said. Neil, who is three years younger to her, is more forthright. He said, “Bipasha is opposite me in Freeze. She’s someone I’ve always admired.” Mention the age difference and Neil is embarrassed. “Nobody will notice it. Our characters justify our presence. She does play someone older.” Is she older to Ranbir in the Yash Raj film? “Just a coincidence, I guess,” says Neil.

Bipasha was reluctant to do another film where her co-star was younger, but her boyfriend John Abraham convinced her. “That’s true,” said Neil. “Bipasha did have her doubts when she read the script. But, John Abraham who happens to be a pal of Freeze’s director convinced her to go for it. John is a really cool guy. Bipasha, she’s hot! Hope John doesn’t mind my saying so,” said Neil.

Dimple Kapadia dared to team up with Akshaye Khanna in Dil Chahta Hai, Saif Ali Khan in Being Cyrus and Amol Mhatre in Leela. Deepa Sahi teamed up with Shah Rukh Khan in Maya Memsaab, Rakhee Gulzar with Rishi Kapoor in Doosra Aadmi and Nutan with Amitabh Bachchan in Saudagar.

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