Bollywood woke up to the news of actor Tusshar Kapoor announcing his surrogate child yesterday. The actor, the son of veteran star Jeetendra and brother of film and TV producer Ekta Kapoor, is a single father. Like international celebs, Tusshar Kapoor bravely decided to go in for surrogacy to be a single father. He is not married and not dating anyone, and may not get married in the future. But his “paternal instincts”, as he says, overpowered him and he decided to have a baby through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and surrogacy.
Update: Taking a cue from all these Bollywood friends of his, filmmaker Karan Johar is now a single father to twins Roohi and Yash. The twins are a girl and a boy, born in February 2017. The babies were born through surrogacy in the same hospital, Masrani Hospital in Andheri West, Mumbai, where Shah Rukh Khan’s surrogate child AbRam Khan was born. Here are six other examples from Bollywood who opted for surrogacy, like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, but for their first, second or third child and the reasons for it.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan already has two lovely children, Junaid Khan and Ira Khan, with his first wife Reena Dutta. When he divorced Reena and later got married to filmmaker Kiran Rao, the couple wanted a child. But Kiran’s miscarriage left the couple disheartened for a while. Soon, Aamir and Kiran decided to opt for surrogacy and had a lovely baby in Azad Rao Khan. Aamir Khan became the face of surrogacy in India.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan
Soon after Aamir’s surrogate baby, there were strong rumours of superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan’s visits to an IVF clinic in south Mumbai. AbRam Khan was born as the couple’s third child, after Aryan Khan and Suhana Khan. AbRam was unwell right after he was born and in the incubator, say reports, and so he was well-protected from the world. Now, of course, he is a star on social media and the apple of his parents’ eyes!
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan
Now, this one was hush-hush, we hear. Aaradhya Bachchan is not a surrogate child. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was very much pregnant with Abhishek Bachchan’s child and delivered the baby through a natural process, as she wanted. But there were reports in a Mumbai tabloid and also a national daily that Aishwarya and Abhishek did consult an IVF clinic in Bangkok, Thailand. Nobody knows the truth, but we don’t really care. The couple and the child are happy and healthy, and that’s what matters.
Tusshar Kapoor – Single father
Tusshar’s son Laksshya was born a week ago. The single father announced on Twitter and Instagram on June 27, “I proudly announce the arrival of my son, a baby boy, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. The baby, Laksshya, is in excellent health. I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life. By the greatness of God and the excellent medical team at Jaslok, parenthood is an option for many, who choose to be single parents. Thanks to you all for your blessings & good wishes.”
Tusshar always wanted to adopt a child, but on the suggestion of director Prakash Jha, decided to go in for surrogacy, he revealed. (ALSO SEE: Tusshar Kapoor’s baby Laksshya’s adorable first photo)
Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder
The filmmaker-choreographer and the editor-filmmaker seemed like an odd couple, with Shirish being younger than Farah. But their love has lasted all these years. We gather Farah’s age and situation may have made her go in for IVF, but not surrogacy, of course. Their triplets Diva, Anya and Czar Kunder were born to Farah the natural way. (ALSO READ: WTF! Shirish Kunder has copied short film Kriti from Aneel Neupane’s BOB! Watch both films here)
Sohail Khan and Seema Khan
Reports say that when Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan wanted a second child, his wife Seema and he opted for surrogacy. So after their son Nirvaan Khan, they have Yohan Khan. Do you know of any more Bollywood celebrities who have gone in for IVF and / or surrogacy? (Photos: Yogen Shah, Instagram and Twitter.)