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India is sure progressing and so are we. But one thing that will remain a bone of contention is a woman’s marriageable age. Because, despite breathing in the 21st century, the most criminal thing an Indian woman in her late 20s or 30s and single can declare to her folks is – “I have no idea when I want to get married!”
Try saying this once and you will hear all sorts of ridiculous as well as lame things like, ‘having babies will be a problem’, ‘people will think you can’t adjust’ or even worse, ‘society will think you are a divorcee or something’. This, by far has all the ingredients to become the most alarming thing for your parents as well as relatives (whom you barely meet once in a blue moon) to worry about. But the point is who decides a woman’s ideal age of getting married or who decides how late is okay? Well, neither do women have an answer to this nor their parents.
There are many women who have touched 30 but yet to get married, or some are busy shaping their career. The point of saying is that by this age a woman is bound to marry as per the law that’s enforced and followed in society. So today we will discuss some of the Bollywood actors who broke all the stereotypes and set an example that there’s no hurry to marry Mr. Right. Keeping in mind about the context let’s look at some of the Bollywood actors who are quite exceptional when it comes to this point of discussion.
Suhasini Mulay found love at 60
She is one actress who is equally famous in the Indian telly world, Bollywood as well as Marathi film fraternity. Though she is always known for playing strong characters, one thing that got her all the possible attention is, when she got married at the age of 60. She tied the knot to Atul Gurtu, a doctor on January 16, 2011. While Suhasini has never been married before but for Atul, this was his second marriage. He lost his first wife to cancer. Suhasini met her future husband on Facebook. What? This is true. She sent her Facebook friend request, now they are married, the love story of this couple will make you believe in destiny for sure. Yes, people did judge her (including the pandit Ji) but, she chose to stick to her decision of marrying Atul. She fondly recalls this incident from her wedding in an interview with Brunch: When we told the Pandit that we were the “to-be-married bride and groom”, he was stunned and stammered, ‘Ji, AAP dono? Very good, very good’. Did we crack up laughing? We got a similar reaction at the court too. But who cared… We were happy!
Urmila Matondkar said ‘I do’ at the age of 42
Urmila Matondkar stands out for a lot of reasons. Firstly, she was not in news for anything in particular. Neither was she seeing someone nor was she intending to do any more movies. But as they say, good things happen when you least expect them. And one fine morning, everyone woke up to this sweet yet astounding discovery that Urmila Matondkar gets married in a private ceremony at the age of 42. Mir Mohsin Akhtar, her husband who is a model by profession is believed to be younger to this Rangeela girl. With Urmila, we can totally say that you are never too old for love. And looking at her wedding pictures, we sure can say that she looks like the happiest bride.
Preity Zinta walked down the aisle with Gene Goodenough when she was 41
When Preity was in a steady relationship with Ness Wadia, we all thought they will eventually get married. But then, the couple fell apart and marriage didn’t happen. But Bollywood’s bubbly ‘Liril’ girl found love in Gene Good enough and the couple got married on February 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. Looking at her reception photographs, we might toil with the idea of a late marriage if this is how confident and happy a bride can be of her choice! What we can learn from this dimpled beauty is even if you have been through a failed relationship; never lose faith in the institution of marriage. And, also at the same time, do not rush into another hasty relationship, take your time, take the plunge only when you feel ready.
Lisa Ray married at 40
Lisa Ray who impressed everyone in Bollywood with her fabulous acting in the movie Kasoor, walked down the aisle with ex-management consultant Jason Dehni when she was 40. Lisa mentioned how happy she was that she didn’t get married at 20. In an interview, she said: In your 20s, you want someone who’ll do everything for you; you want that person to solve all your problems, which I don’t think should be expected. And looking at her, we totally believe it was a wise thing on her part to wait for some time, mature a bit before deciding to share her life with someone. And we guess it works that way.
Neena Gupta tied the knot with Vivek Mehra at the age of 60
Neena Gupta (born 4 July 1959) is a popular actress in Indian commercial cinema, but it is her work with art filmmakers of India, like G. Aravindan and Shyam Benegal that got her recognition as an actress of considerable repute. She did a guest appearance in the TV Series; Shrimaan Shrimati. She tied the knot at the age of 60. Just imagine. While this is her first marriage, she has a daughter, Masaba Gupta, from her relationship with West Indies’ cricketer, Sir Vivian Richards.
Rani Mukerji got married when she was 36
Everyone knew Rani was dating Aditya Chopra, but neither Rani nor Aditya ever acknowledged it openly. But this overtly written-about couple surprised everyone with a hush wedding on April 21, 2014, in Italy. The couple even welcomed their first daughter in December 2015. Looking at them, all we can say is, when you are sure about something, the age factor should not come into the picture. You should take the next steps whenever you both feel comfortable.
And last but not the least, the most beautiful woman, Aishwarya Rai made it official with Abhishek Bachchan when she was 34
While everyone was busy speculating about this light-eyed beauty’s personal life, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan announced her wedding to Junior Bachchan in 2007. Despite the barely 3 year age difference and disparity in their respective career growth, their marriage is one of the strongest in Bollywood. In fact, when the stunning couple was invited to the Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2009, Oprah quipped that Aishwarya and Abhishek were perhaps more powerful than Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. And, now with the little princess Aaradhya’s arrival, this family looks gorgeously complete.
But, coming back to our point – the truth is that finding love is a game of time, and it is up to us to recognize it when it comes round our door. Most of these actresses have had their share of relationships, but none of them ever felt or gave into the pressure of getting married. And, looking at them, we are assured that age has got nothing to do with a happy married life.