The highly-publicized wedding between Nick Jonas of America’s favourite Jonas Brothers and Indian actress and diva Priyanka Chopra had taken the Internet by storm and the couple remains the talk of the town. Why? Because it is the love story of an older woman and a younger man. Here are some movies that delve into the younger man older woman relationships, movies you should not give a miss.
10 Must Watch Younger Man Older Woman Relationship Movies
Let’s face it, a younger man older woman relationship is different. It is something society is waking up to but is still looked at with a lot of curiosity. But how have the movies dealt with this relationship? We tell you.
1. B.A. Pass
Based on Mohan Sikka’s 2009 short story, The Railway Aunty, this 2013 Bollywood adaptation by Ajay Bahl in the form of a neo-noir erotic thriller film has received critical acclaim and appreciation among the audience worldwide.
The film explores the relationship between a recently orphaned teenage boy, Mukesh, and a cougar living next door to him, Sarika.
Shilpa Shukla of Chak De India fame is convincing in her role as Sarika while Shadab Kamal as Mukesh brilliantly depicts the helplessness and vulnerability of a young man, who is forced to offer his sexual services to both men and women in order to support his orphaned sisters.
He is deceived and raped in the process.
He murders Sarika, who he believes has cheated him but later realizes to his dismay that his friend Johnny had left with his due money which Sarika had sent through him. In the end, Mukesh is left with little choice but commits suicide as the police had pointed a gun at him.
From the director of Dangerous Liaisons, Stephen Frears, this movie has been described as highly entertaining as it deals with a complex relationship between a middle-aged ex-courtesan Lea and Cheri, the teenage son of another wealthy courtesan, Fred. Lea is well-known for her beauty and for conducting successful business dealings and she has never fallen in love with any of her clients.
Even though they want to keep the affair strictly casual, Cheri and Lea end up having a six-year-long relationship. The matter becomes even more complicated when they fall in love with each other and Cheri’s mother arranges to marry him off to a girl his age.
The film was selected in the competitive category at the Berlin Film Festival.
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3. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
The intricacies and pain, yet the sad comfort of being stuck in one-sided love is beautifully portrayed in this 2016 romantic drama directed by Karan Johar and starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles.
Ayan Sanger, a singer who has received new-found fame (played by Ranbir) falls in love with Alizeh (Anushka) but she sees him as a good friend and does not reciprocate his advances. Ayan later gets romantically involved with Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a divorced woman who is elder to him but she leaves him when she realizes Ayan still loves Alizeh. The popular Ghazal song Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo portrays the palpable chemistry between Ranbir and Aishwarya. This film wonderfully portrays the older woman younger man relationship.
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The film was nominated for several awards and won four awards for its soundtrack.
4. The Reader
This 2008 romantic drama is beautifully woven with a complex storyline and a brilliant screenplay, set in the post-genocide era in Berlin, a dark phase which perhaps haunted all of Germany.
Kate Winslet won several nominations, awards, and accolades as an illiterate woman, Hannah who turns herself in for the killing of 300 Jewish women in a burning church, followed by the evacuation of a Nazi concentration camp.
The romantic storyline which goes back to the affair of a 36-year old Hannah and 15-year old Michael (now a divorced lawyer with a daughter) is never overshadowed by the hard-hitting theme of the movie, which was dealt sensitively by the director, Stephen Daldry.
If we are talking about movies based on older woman young boy then this is surely one.
5. Wake Up Sid
Yes, it’s Ranbir Kapoor again! Wake Up Sid was a lighthearted movie touching both the genres of comedy and romance, directed by Ayan Mukherji, who happens to be a very good friend of Ranbir. It was officially released in 2009, much before Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016).
Ranbir is cast opposite Konkona Sen Sharma in Wake Up Sid, who is an aspiring writer and shifts to Mumbai in order to get a full-time job at a leading daily, which she eventually succeeds at. She is slightly older than Ranbir and definitely much more independent.
As the movie name suggests, Ranbir is cast as Siddharth aka Sid, who is the spoilt son of a wealthy businessman, barely studies for his exams, and fails as a consequence. Wake Up Sid is about Sid finding his route to redemption by pursuing his passion for photography and becoming better with handling positions of responsibility. For a change, the movie has a happy ending as well!
6. Dil Chahta Hai
This Hindi film beautifully deals with the older woman younger man relationship. She is a divorcee and is into the arts and he loves to paint. Akshaye Khanna who plays the younger man bonds with Dimple Kapadia the older woman over their love for the arts.
The relationship is so beautifully handled in the film that you cannot but well up when she is afflicted with cancer and he looks after her every moment of her last days. His younger gang of friends fail to understand his love for her and an altercation follows and Akshaye ends up slapping a friend that results in their group breaking up. But after the demise of his lady love, they all realize their mistake and come together.
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The film was made in 2000 and stars Monica Belucci as Malena and Guiseppe Sulfaro as Renato, the young man besotted with an exquisitely beautiful older lady. The film is set during World War II when Malena’s husband goes to fight in the war and she is left home in a town full of men lusting for her. Renato becomes obsessed with her and literally starts stalking her.
When her husband dies in the war she goes through her trials and tribulations and becomes a prostitute to survive. All through Renato keeps a watch on her loving her madly with each passing day. Then when it is proved that the news of her husband’s death was a wrong one and he comes back, Renato is the one who tells him where she is and they are united.
It’s one of the most beautiful movies based on older woman young boy love story, which is although one-sided, but it remains a glowing example of true love.
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8. Lethal Seduction
This one is a run-off-the-mill storyline but it’s interesting nevertheless. Carissa (Dina Meyer) is a widow who seduces a young college-going guy Mark (Caleb Ruminer). They have sex in the shower and a steamy romance follows but gradually it is revealed that Carissa is obsessive and she is doing everything to distance Mark from her mother.
The love story ends in the bathtub when Carissa handcuffs Mark and tortures him with dehydration but his mom comes to his rescue. This older woman young boy movie does not have a fairy tale ending but it is an interesting movie nevertheless.
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9. American Gigolo
It is a 1980 film that stars Richard Gere (Julian) as an American gigolo whose clientele comprises older women. But he falls for Michelle (Lauren Hutton) who is older to him and also a politician’s wife. Their love blooms but soon murder is committed and Julian finds himself a suspect. Michelle realizes he is being framed and tries to do everything to save him.
A gripping thriller with an older woman younger man relationship in the centre.
10. In Praise Of Older Women
Tom Berenger (Andras) meets a much older woman Maya (Karen Black) who is married and in her 30s and teaches him everything about love and sex. This is a classic film on a boy woman relationship. As the title of the film gives away Andras goes on to fall for many older women in his teenage and young adult life and this film is about his experiences with them.
These are some landmark films that broke the stereotype and made the younger man older woman relationship acceptable and lovable.