Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Age of Bollywood Stars

Celebrities do all kinds of things to deal with age-based crises: they buy stuff like mansions on lakes in Europe. Or massive handbags that could comfortably fit several babies from sub-Saharan Africa. Sometimes they act out and get their hair cut in funny ways. Or they may embark on a journey of self-actualization. Actors, I suspect, mostly deal with this crisis by acting half their age in movies. I'm still haunted by images of a portly 30 year old Rishi Kapoor tucking a book under his arm and attending classes in a college.

In this age of Bollywood stars, Govinda, 50, acted in a movie last year called Naughty @ 40. He was not nominated for any awards. A year before that Priyanka Chopra, then 28, played a college hottie in Pyaar Impossible. Audiences stayed away and critics rolled their eyes.

Long ago on the Drift, we cataloged the age of Bollywood stars. That post badly needs updating. For one, all the actors have grown older! But some have fallen off the list - mostly because they acted in one flop too many or in the case of women, because they got married. Some hot new stars  (Prateik Babbar, Sonakshi Sinha) have been added to the list. Some new success stories (Randeep Hooda, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kajal Agarwal, Ileana D'cruzYami Gautam) were penciled in. There have been some comebacks (Sridevi). I added important actors I overlooked in the last round (Paresh Rawal, Boman IraniIrrfan Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Kalki Koechlin). For good measure and for no particular reason, I threw in names like Sunny Leone and Esha Gupta.


I restricted this list to actors who have played the lead in at least one major recent production and had some measure of fame. I racked my brain to think of as many as I could to include on this list. I may have missed some - feel free to pull me up for that.

FIRST, THE MEN

Amitabh Bachchan

October 11, 1942

70

Naseeruddin Shah

July 20, 1950

62

Paresh Rawal

May 30, 1950

62

Govinda

December 21, 1958

53

Sanjay Dutt

July 2, 1959

53

Boman Irani

December 2, 1959

52

Anil Kapoor

December 24, 1959

52

Irrfan Khan

November 30, 1962

49

Aamir Khan

March 14, 1965

47

Shahrukh Khan

November 2, 1965

46

Salman Khan

December 27, 1965

46

Ajay Devgn

April 2, 1967

45

Akshay Kumar

September 9, 1967

45

Saif Ali Khan

August 16, 1970

42

Madhavan

June 1, 1970

42

John Abraham

December 17, 1972

39

Arjun Rampal

November 26, 1972

39

Hrithik Roshan

January 10, 1974

38

Farhan Akhtar

January 9, 1974

38

Akshaye Khanna

March 28, 1975

37

Abhay Deol

March 15, 1976

36

Abhishek Bachchan

February 5, 1976

36

Vivek Oberoi

September 3, 1976

36

Tusshar Kapoor

June 21, 1976

36

Randeep Hooda

August 20, 1976

36

Shreyas Talpade

January 27, 1976

36

Emraan Hashmi

March 24, 1979

33

Riteish Deshmukh

December 17, 1978

33

Sharman Joshi

March 17, 1979

33

Ali Zafar

May 18, 1980

32

Shahid Kapoor

February 25, 1981

31

Neil Nitin Mukesh

January 15, 1982

30

Ranbir Kapoor

September 28, 1982

30

Imraan Khan

January 13, 1983

29

Ayushmann Khurrana

September 14, 1984

28

Prateik Babbar

November 28, 1986

25


NEXT, THE WOMEN

Sridevi

August 13, 1963

49

Madhuri Dixit

May 15, 1967

45

Tabu

November 4, 1970

41

Malaika Arora

August 23, 1973

39

Aishwarya Rai

November 1, 1973

38

Kajol

August 5, 1974

38

Preity Zinta

January 31, 1975

37

Chitrangada Singh

March 28, 1976

36

Kareena Kapoor

September 21, 1977

35

Rani Mukherjee

March 21, 1978

34

Vidya Balan

January 1, 1978

34

Lara Dutta

April 16, 1978

34

Bipasha Basu

January 7, 1979

33

Soha Ali Khan

October 4, 1978

33

Konkana Sen Sharma

December 3, 1979

32

Nargis Fakhri

October 20, 1979

32

Amrita Rao

June 17, 1981

31

Sunny Leone

May 13, 1981

31

Mallika Sherwat

October 24, 1981

30

Although most people think she is at least 35-36!

Priyanka Chopra

July 18, 1982

30

Dia Mirza

December 9, 1981

30

Kalki Koechlin

January 9, 1983

29

Katrina Kaif

July 16, 1984

28

Sonam Kapoor

June 9, 1985

27

Kajal Agarwal

June 19, 1985

27

Jacqueline Fernandez

June 2, 1985

27

Asin

October 26, 1985

26

Deepika Padukone

January 5, 1986

26

Shruti Haasan

January 28, 1986

26

Kangana Ranaut

March 23, 1987

25

Genelia D'Souza

August 5, 1987

25

Sonakshi Sinha

June 2, 1987

25

Yami Gautam

November 28, 1986

25

Ileana D'cruz

November 1, 1987

24

Anushka Sharma

May 1, 1988

24

Parineeti Chopra

May 12, 1988

24

Prachi Desai

September 12, 1988

24

Esha Gupta

November 28, 1988

23

Amy Jackson

January 31, 1991

21

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow..where to start? First off Saif is born in 1968 not 1970 so he is 45 now. Kareena is born in 1975. Her wiki used to say 1977 and now it's 1980.Sonakshi bears a very strong resemblance to Reena Roy and I hear she was born in 1982so she is now 31.Madhuri is born in 1961 and Sridevi is not born in 1963-just look at her debut Tamil film in 1967, does she look like she is 4 years old there?Nope more like 12 or 13.