While the world celebrates International Youth Day today, Bollywood 'raises the bar' of youth both literally and figuratively! Thirty and forty plus actors and actresses rule the roost in Bollywood, leaving only a few slots open for 20 plus actresses like Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Deepika Padukone and even fewer slots open for newbies like the sweet 16, Alia Bhatt!
Out of all these less than 30 plus bracket actresses, only Deepika has managed to shake the throne of Number 1, which is mostly occupied by the three ruling queens - Katrina, Priyanka and Kareena and before that none other than Aishwarya.
As far as actors are concerned, youth has got a totally different age bracket as per Bollywood standard! 40 plus Shah Rukh Khan with his arms spread all over the place, had been successfully wooing heroines half his age, until recently when he accepted on-screen that he has turned 40 in Chennai Express. Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan fall in the same age bracket and Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar are almost touching 40 (both turned 39 in Jan this year). The new entrants who are a threat to these string of kings of Bollywood are also 30 plus. Ranbir Kapoor turned 30 this year and Shahid Kapoor is already 32.
Here is a look at how 30 is the new 20 in Bollywood.