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Cover Story: other star kids
Rachana Parekh , Hindustan Times
March 02, 2013
First Published: 19:21 IST(2/3/2013)
Last Updated: 12:24 IST(3/3/2013)
They may be star kids but they do not like being in the spotlight and would much rather be behind the scene. Meet the big-name kids who don't want a blockbuster launch.

It’s not a secret that nepotism rules in Bollywood. With so many stars getting into and ahead in the industry on the strength of their last names, it’s surprising to find people who passed up on the chance to use their background to bag a spot in front of the camera. These are kids of bonafide Bollywood biggies, but enjoy a filmi life away from the spotlight. There are more star kids working backstage than you think – they toil diligently behind the scenes and are still dreaming of being famous, but as directors, producers, singers or scriptwriters. The young sparks may have a famous surname, but they’re making sure it’s their first name that sticks. Here are their stories...

Kush Sinha
Stars in the family: His parents are actors Shatrughan Sinha and Punam Sinha. Sonakshi Sinha is his sister.
Profession: Direction and writing
Films worked on: Saawariya (2007), and forthcoming film

He grew up in a home filled with actors, so conversations at the dinner table would invariably end up being about acting, emoting and doing justice to a film character. But Kush Sinha didn’t spend his childhood mouthing dialogues in front of the mirror or dreaming of his face on a poster. The son of superstar (and now politician) Shatrughan Sinha did study acting and even faced the camera in a few short films. But he has always been more attracted to the less glamorous, but equally creative side of moviemaking. He likes to direct.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/3/Kush_sinha.jpg“When I’d watch films, I’d also be looking at what was happening beyond the actor on screen,” recalls Kush, who is also an amateur photographer. “I’d be looking at what the camera person did with the light. If you go on a set, you’ll know it doesn’t look that great. Then you see it on screen, it becomes something completely different. I found that process very interesting.”

Visiting a set wasn’t as much fun as it is now. “I remember once my twin brother Luv and I had gone on the sets of a film in which dad was shooting an action sequence,” Kush recalls. “So there were a lot of explosions and we were like ‘Wow’. But, other times we would go and dad would be shooting husband-wife scenes, and we’d be like, ‘Why are we here?’”

Sinha senior, however, insisted that his son complete his education, and Kush graduated with a degree in marketing. He then joined Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an assistant in direction on Saawariya, for a hands-on experience in making movies. He followed it up with work at an advertising agency, making short films and writing a few scripts before gravitating back to Bollywood by assisting director Abhinav Kashyap on Besharam.

Being a Sinha does open up more doors in Bollywood, Kush agrees. And the welcomes are definitely warmer than if you were a hopeful outsider from nowhere. “But I don’t think anyone is going to take a risk just because you are somebody’s son,” he adds. The real challenge, he points out, begins once you start working in the industry. “We [star kids] may not have had to struggle for our food, our housing or our stay in this city. But creating your own identity is a metaphysical struggle. It may not really be a tangible thing like ‘I am feeling hungry’. But it’s a different kind of struggle.”

Still, he says if he was offered an interesting acting role, he wouldn’t turn it down. “Films are a creative business,” he explains. “It’s not something as technical as say, medicine. If you are a neurosurgeon, you can’t say you want to be a cardiologist now. But in a business like ours, where it’s about creativity, it’s about pushing your own limits all the time.”

What Bollywood says
“I joined the Saawariya shoot half-way. And that’s how I know Kush. There were no ‘stories’ about Kush. He is extremely grounded and that’s the reason I really liked him. He wasn’t shy at all about doing any job. In fact, he wants to learn all the basics, whether it’s screenwriting or direction, or even acting for that matter.” Nishit Singh, one of the assistant directors on Saawariya

SHORT TAKES
One movie director you idolise?
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Abhinav Kashyap.

One movie role you’d love to do?
My father’s character Mangal in Kala Patthar or any strong grey character.

The most rubbish movie you have seen lately?
If I don’t like the trailer I don’t watch it… and I haven’t gone to the theatre in a long time.

One popular white lie in the industry?
“Good job!”

If you weren’t doing this...
A photographer or app developer; I would definitely be doing something to do with technology.

Shaheen Bhatt
Family:
Daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan, and elder sister of Alia Bhatt (Student of the Year)
Profession: Scriptwriting and direction
Films worked on: Son of Sardaar (2012), Jism 2 (2012) and Raaz 3 (2012)

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“At some level I always knew that I would be in films, because my entire family is in it,” says Shaheen Bhatt. “But I guess I was fighting it and thought I’d be that one person to do something outside of it.”

Like most childhood ambitions, breaking free of Bollywood was a short-lived rebellious phase for the oldest daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan. She was in her last year of college, pursuing her BA, when she had a change of heart. “I have always looked up to my father and been in awe of what he does and the way he works,’ she says. “So I guess I wanted to emulate him and be like him.” Shaheen joined her father in scripting Jism 2. She then assisted Ashwini Dheer in writing Son of Sardaar, and most recently assisted director Vikram Bhatt for Raaz 3.

When Shaheen was eight, she played a small part in Tamanna (1997). Now in her 20s, one look at the young writer and you wonder why she’s hiding a pretty face behind the camera. Her reason, apart from being unable to handle 30 pairs of eyes staring at her, is that being a public figure is twice as tough. “It takes a whole other kind of commitment,” Shaheen says. “For instance, I like eating. I don’t want to spend my entire life dieting and running on a treadmill. But if I get the chance I will do it, because I want to try everything.”

Trying everything will probably be easier for her than from someone without a famous last name. And she seems to agree. “I didn’t have to go through sending my CV and going through the process that most people have to do. But at the end of the day, if you are not good at it and don’t put in the effort, nobody’s going to give you work. You have to work 20 times harder and there’s always the comparison, especially if your father or mother, or sister is successful at what they do. I can always make a film that’s not bad, but it will be always compared to a Saaransh (1984) or Arth (1982).”

For now she wants to master the art of screenwriting. “My dad always says that if you want to make a movie, you want to make a movie,” she recalls. “You cannot say ‘Chalo, kuch banate hain’. So direction will happen eventually, but not right now.”

WHAT BOLLYWOOD SAYS
“I’ll be biased towards Shaheen as we were inseparable right after the first week of shooting of Raaz 3. She’s a very sweet and bright girl with a carefree attitude, but extremely focused on her work. For me, Shaheen is more of a friend with whom I’ve shared a lot of precious moments during this emotional film. And we will always be more than work buddies.” Esha Gupta, the female lead in Raaz 3

SHORT TAKES
One movie director you idolise?

Christopher Nolan and Anurag Kashyap.

One movie role you’d love to do?
Anything Vidya Balan did, Ishqiya, Kahaani, but I am not sure I could pull off The Dirty Picture.

The most rubbish movie you have seen lately?
I don’t watch too many Hindi movies, but I’ll say Players as it was playing on television the other day.

If you would not be doing this, you would be…
A veterinarian.

Craziest or funniest day on the set?
Pretty much every day is crazy or funny when working on a 3D movie because everyone is walking round wearing dark glasses.

Rowena Girneet Baweja
Family: Daughter of filmmaker Harry Baweja and younger sister of Harman Baweja
Profession: Writing and direction
Films worked on: Karam (2005), Speed (2007) and Love 2050 (2008)

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Like any protective father, filmmaker Harry Baweja kept his daughter Rowena away from Bollywood. Yet after she changed five streams in two months, the Bawejas finally gave in to the idea that their little one was meant for the family business. “I didn’t last in any college because I wasn’t feeling happy,” she says. “It was my mom who pointed out that I wanted to make films; it just tied together everything I was attempting to do – marketing, mass communication, fashion and art and design – on a bigger canvas.”

She certainly has the face for the big screen, but Rowena prefers to be the storyteller, not the star. So, she went to London, stayed the entire duration of her three-year filmmaking course, and graduated with honours in cinematography. Her student project, a short film called The Undertaker, went all the way to Cannes, and she’d have gone further still. But it took one emotional phone call from her mother for her to give up a chance to shoot a feature film in London and pack her bags for home.

Back in Mumbai, Rowena cut her teeth on her father’s films Karam, Speed and Love 2050, doing everything from cinematography and editing to assisting and production. Her love for writing came only after the release of her brother Harman Baweja’s first film. “I had done a lot of technical work, so I wanted to do more,” she explains. “Obviously, I met a lot of people and tried to find a script that I would like to direct. But that’s when I realised that the story has to come from me. So I began writing.”

In the last four years that Rowena has been writing, she’s finished two scripts that she’s ready to direct. With her pedigree, finding a producer to back her projects will be easy. But will it really? “There’s no running away from the fact that someone will respond to me because of my family name,” she says readily. “But I am also clear that that somebody should meet me for what I have earned so far, not just my family name.”

That explains why she chose to move so far away from home to study. “I wanted to be treated like everyone else in class,” she says. “And I think that gave me the confidence to become who I wanted to be. I raised funds for my graduation film. I went to Kodak to get them to sponsor my film. I worked as a runner and made people tea, and worked up the ranks and became a floor manager on one of the shows for Channel Four.” She also studied acting in order to understand the actors’ job better.

So she is camera-ready then. “Maybe if my favourite director Michel Gondry [director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004] offers me a role I would do it. But if I had to pick between acting in his film and assisting him, I would chose the latter. I find the spotlight very overwhelming.”

WHAT BOLLYWOOD SAYS
“I have known Rowena for five years, and she’s been continuously working on her scripts. Being a star kid, she could have easily written two drafts and made the film, but she’s not taking it easy at all. She is very humble and doesn’t have too many hang ups. Being a star kid, it didn’t come in the way of our work. We shared a balanced relationship. If something in the script wasn’t working, I could tell her. And if it was nice, I could tell her that too.” Vibhu Puri, who has written Saawariya (2007), Guzaarish (2010) and Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012), and the dialogues for her second script

SHORT TAKES
One movie role you’d love to do?
Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Suhani in Saathiya and Julia Robets in Erin Brockovich.

One movie director you idolise?
Christopher Nolan, Raj Kumar Hirani and Ashutosh Gowariker.

The most rubbish film you have seen lately?
Hahaha... No films are rubbish. It’s just that we may not be in tune with their sensibility.

One popular white lie in the industry?
“I don’t care what people think about me.”

If you were not doing this, you would be...
Doing drama or literature.

Craziest or funniest day on the set?
One day, on an outdoor shoot, the actress had to do a quick costume change in a hurry. There was no vanity van for her to change in, so we dashed to a nearby mall. Even then, there was no time for her to go to the loo and change, so she did it in the car. No one else knew what we were up to!

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/3/Abhay_chopra.jpgAbhay Chopra
Family: Son of filmmaker Ravi Chopra and grandson of legendary filmmaker BR Chopra
Profession: Direction and production
Films worked on: Assisted in direction for Baabul (2006), and worked on the production of Bhootnath

Most viewers of Mahabharat remember being wowed by its elaborate sets, costumes and detailing. A close-up glimpse of that world, on the actual set of the TV serial, is what first piqued filmmaker Ravi Chopra’s son’s interest in moviemaking. Abhay Chopra, also the younger brother of the actor-in-the-making Kapil Chopra, says, “I loved looking at the costumes, bows and weapons whenever I visited the set as a child. I also remember being fascinated by how a different world had been created so painstakingly.” In the same breath, he laughingly adds, “Another reason was the food! We had our own caterer on the sets, so we loved visiting dad at work.”

As he grew older, Abhay found his interest in his father’s profession growing. He says, “Obviously, I grew up in and around that world, but it was dad’s job. And even though I loved films, I started watching Hindi movies much later. I watched my first film – Ajooba – at my house with Ranbir Kapoor, who made me watch it.

Abhay left at the age of 18 along with the Barfi! star to pursue his filmmaking in the US. While his buddy concentrated on acting, the young Chopra enrolled in a four-year bachelors program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. “The exposure that I got made me realise that this is what I like doing for the rest of my life. I wanted to make movies,” he adds.

Acting was a prerequisite in his curriculum, yet Abhay found he wasn’t fascinated by the spotlight. “Initially I was camera-shy, but I got past that in film school,” he says, adding, “We had classes and workshops. But acting never excited me as much as filmmaking. Taking an idea, seeing it transform, and collaborating on that idea with many people always thrilled me more.”

Soon after returning to India, Abhay assisted his father on his directorial project Baabul (2006), and jumped into production with Bhootnath (2008). It’s been a long time since BR Films’ last release, but now the Chopra son is all set to take the two-generation-old family banner forward. “We will start production of Bhootnath 2 with Amit uncle (Amitabh Bachchan), and later in the year I will direct my own script with John Abraham,” says Abhay, who had been extensively writing over the last few years.

However, Abhay is quick to deflect any statement that he’s got this far thanks to his famous last name. “It’s tricky,” he says, “It’s true that people may be more open to hearing you out because of who you are. But if you hope to make it to the club of successful filmmakers, the challenges are the same as it is for any normal person. Eventually, it comes down to your talent and work. I also feel being a star kid is a double-edged sword. The expectations are higher and the responsibilities are bigger.”

And Abhay’s been feeling the weight of the family surname resting on him a lot more lately. He says, “In the last two years, my dad has not been well, and it has made me aware of my legacy. Today, whoever I talk to and the respect I receive is because of whose son and grandson I am.”

However, he’s up to the challenge of being the next Chopra to take Bollywood by storm. “To be honest, the ambition fuels me. But I can’t say it doesn’t scare me at all. It drives me to achieve a certain level of success,” says Chopra.

WHAT BOLLYWOOD SAYS
Rowena Baweja (assisted Abhay Chopra on his thesis film Karma)
“Abhay was extremely focused and clear about directing his actors. He also had a good grasp of technique while shooting the film. This was a few years ago when we were all film students. We had a great time, working, talking and ideating between shots, without losing sight of our focus. I remember that when we all got together to watch the final cut, everyone praised the film!"

SHORT TAKES
One movie role you see yourself doing?
Agent Vinod, because I find spies very cool.

One movie director you idolise?
My grandfather BR Chopra because of his courage. Because I think that more than everything else, what you need to make a film is a lot of courage.

One popular white lie in the industry?
“I loved your script, but let me read it and get back to you.” If you were not doing this, you would be... I’m a major tech geek. So I guess something along those lines...

Craziest/funniest day on the set?
That would have to be the time I was stranded at Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai, with the entire cast and crew during the 26/7 flood in 2005. There was no electricity, no food, and no way to get out of there. But, we managed to get some biryani and spent the entire night on set. Funnily enough, we ended up having a great time in the end!

Naman Nitin Mukesh
Family: Brother of Neil Nitin Mukesh and son of singer Nitin Mukesh, and grandson of Mukesh
Profession: Direction, writing and maybe singing
Films worked on: Assisted Abbas-Mustan in Race 2, Shantanu-Sheershak’s 3G and a few others

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Growing up, Neil Nitin Mukesh’s younger brother wanted to work in the hotel industry. “That was because we would travel all the time and stay in five-star hotels, and I got really enamoured of them,” he confesses. But when he was 16, Naman’s dad sat him and asked him to consider making his career the movies, especially since the family was so heavily involved with Bollywood.

For the next three to four months, Naman watched a mix of old and new films - and spent many hours discussing and analysing them with his brother and father. Soon Naman was enamoured by the art that converted a small moment into a larger than life experience. Initially, like most star kids he contemplated enrolling at film schools in the US, like the New York Film Academy. “Instead dad suggested I do something in India as it made more sense. I took up BMM at Jaihind College in Mumbai and made a few short films, submitted it to festivals and won awards. I also went with Neil bhaiyya to Coorg for 30 days when he was shooting Saat Khoon Maaf.”

According to Naman, “Filmmaking is an art and no one can teach it to you. It should come from within. I don’t think going to film school is important. It’s good if you want to do it, and can afford it, but it’s not necessary.”

More than a year ago, Naman kicked off his career as an assistant director with Race 2, and then worked on Shantanu-Sheershak’s 3G and a few other movies. While the 21-year-old wants to be one of the youngest directors of the Indian film industry, he quickly adds, “I don’t want to state that I will just do five or whatever number of films as an assistant and then become a director. I want to be ready!”

And even when he’s all set to turn director, Naman does not anticipate a red carpet welcome. “That’s a common perception – that it will be easy for me - but people don’t see it like that,” he says. “It’s true that I am Mukesh’s grandson, Nitin Mukesh’s son and Neil Nitin Mukesh’s brother, but I have that much more to live up to. At the end, I have to start from scratch, just like everyone else,” says the star kid.

While filmmaking is his current focus, Naman also shares the family passion for singing and acting. He can be found singin in public with friends in an informal setting or cracking up family members with his great mimicking skills. But he’s very sure these talents will never be displayed on screen. Says Naman, “I have stage fright and am camera shy. So no singing or acting for me.” He makes no comment about whether he’d like to emulate his grandfather by making music someday.

WHAT BOLLYWOOD SAYS
“Actually, Naman came on board at an interesting time. We were shooting with a very small crew and suddenly wanted one more assistant - and Naman offered to join. He was a great asset. He had worked on a couple of films before, so he knew what he was doing. The fact that he was the male lead's brother didn't mean that he got special treatment. Sometimes I think it is the other way around. Usually, when someone is trying their wings out, you actually give them a hard time. I first gave Naman the task of getting his brother onto the sets on time. And if he needed correcting, I had no scruples in shouting at him. But I must say that he was very, very professional.” Shantanu Ray Chibber (co-director of 3G)

SHORT TAKES
One movie role you see yourself doing?
I don't want to be an actor!

One movie director you idolise?
Quentin Tarantino, Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra, but not in any particular order.

One popular white lie in the industry?
“If there's work we'll get back to you”. If you were not doing this, you would be... Most probably in hotel management

Craziest/funniest day on the set?
We were on a night shoot in a garden at Film City, which had a reputation for being haunted. The director and her team decided to play a practical joke on the rest of the cast and got the costume designer to sit on a wall dressed as a ghost in a white cloth and her hair covering her face. We scared the hell out of them!

Rohit Dhawan
Family: Son of director David Dhawan and elder brother of actor Varun Dhawan
Profession: Direction and writing
Films worked on: Don, Partner, Desi Boyz and currently scripting his next project

“I strongly believe that if you are born in a Bollywood family, films choose you and it’s not the other way around,” says Rohit Dhawan, son of ’90s director David Dhawan and elder brother of Varun Dhawan, who recently made his acting debut in Student of The Year. “It wasn’t like dad was making one film a year. He was making three films a year. We would always discuss his work at breakfast, lunch and dinner. But even though we grew up surrounded by the industry, mom and dad made it very clear that they would never allow us to get seduced by the glamour of Bollywood.”

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During his summer holidays, Rohit would travel to the outdoor locations of his father’s movies - and that’s when he started to love everything about Bollywood. The young filmmaker recalls, “I spent six back-to-back summers in Switzerland. I saw dad shooting with Sanju sir, Salman bhai, Govinda, and even though I was in awe of them, I always came back to what my dad was doing. Also, I noticed Dad wielded the most power on the set.”

And so Rohit knew he wanted to direct. Soon he took off to USA to graduate in filmmaking from the TISCH School of the Arts at New York University. After returning to India, he worked on the Mumbai and Gujarat schedules of Farhan Akhtar’s Don, before joining his father on Partner. Right then, Rohit knew he never wanted to get in front of the camera. “I did work out a lot as a teenager, so I could have had the body of an actor, but I was never attracted by acting,” he explains. “Varun was always more outgoing. It didn’t take much for him to hit the floor at the family sangeet or a party. I was a lot quieter and doing my own thing.” Like most star kids, the 28-year-old director agrees it’s not difficult to enter Bollywood if you have a famous last name, yet getting his first film off the floor wasn’t possible without sleepless nights. “It’s not like I just said one line and Akshay (Kumar) and John (Abraham) said we are on,” says Rohit, adding, “I took two years to start my film. I always worried about whether or not Akshay and John would finally do it. I also switched three producers. So, there was a lot of uncertainty.”

Rohit also found that if there was an upside to being the son of a successful filmmaker, there was a downside to it too. “I feel that somewhere there was a certain expectation that people had – that my film didn’t reflect whose son I was. People expected a laugh riot and I kept saying that it isn’t your usual laugh-out-loud film,” says the Desi Boyz director, who is now working on his next script - a drama thriller.


“When you are friends, it is just fun and games. But on the sets, I discovered a different side of Rohit. He is a focused director. Rohit likes to be prepared with shot breakdowns and every other single detail. There weren’t any ‘bad’ surprises on the shoot. Also it’s not really easy to work with a big production house, big actors and foreign locations. But he pulled it off all by himself. There was no help coming from his dad. Desi Boyz was completely Rohit’s hard work.” Kunal Rawal (Akshay Kumar’s stylist in Desi Boyz)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/3/disha_jha.jpgDisha Jha
Family: Daughter of filmmaker Prakash Jha and former wife, actress Deepti Naval
Profession: Production and singer
Films worked on: Raajneeti (2010), Aarakshan (2011), Chakravyuh (2012) and in-the-making Satyagraha

Her father, the award-winning filmmaker Prakash Jha, has helmed some of Bollywood’s most hard-hitting dramas, using big stars and item numbers to showcase issues as serious as the fall of democracy and pervasion of Naxalism. Her mother, Deepti Naval, has been one of the most consistently lauded names in Indian arthouse cinema. But Disha isn’t interested in taking over the director’s high chair or putting on the greasepaint to deliver a performance. She says she’s just too shy to face the cameras.

“If the director of photography comes to me and asks me, ‘Where do I place the camera?’ I would have no clue. Neither am I fond of writing nor do I read.”

However, Prakash Jha sang in his own film Gangaajal (2003) and backed other director’s projects like Dil Dosti Etc(2007), Khoya Khoya Chand (2007) and Turning 30!! (2011) and his art-graduate daughter has picked up her father’s lesser-known interests. The twenty-something began her production journey with Raajneeti and also worked onChakravyuh and the recent Satyagraha. In between the first two films, she also gave in to her father’s request to assist him in directing Aarakshan. “But the whole experience was miserable for me,” Disha recalls, half jokingly. “Direction is a big task. Every day my name would be announced on the mic and I would get yelled at.”

But being the daughter of Bollywood’s most respected people surely has its upside. Disha agrees that her journey in Bollywood has been smooth, and she’s smart enough to realise that it’s because of her father’s reputation. Not that being a Jha is child’s play. “I love my dad’s style of cinema, but I want to make movies I can relate to – like love stories and comedies,” says the self-confessed die-hard fan of Yash Chopra’s rose-tinted, romantic rendezvous in lavish locations. “When I produce the stories I like, there will be comparisons. But that’s okay. Every individual has their own way of doing things.”

Disha, who trained professionally under Pandhari Nath Kolhapuri and Archana Shah, adds that she’s been interested in singing since she was a child. “But I need to open up a lot and gain confidence to sing in front of people,” she admits. “I can sing alone and make my dad hear it, but I make a lot of mistakes.” So she’s more involved with production for now, her hands full with turning a filmmaker’s vision into reality. “Once I produce [my own films], I will definitely get back to singing or maybe I will sing in my first production!”

WHAT BOLLYWOOD SAYS
“She’s not bossy, but she’s a bit difficult sometimes, as a person generally. The only time Disha behaves like a star kid is when she hangs out in the director’s van. Otherwise she is a hard-worker. I first met Disha on the sets of Raajneeti. For the longest time I didn’t know she was Prakash Jha’s daughter because she behaved just like a normal crew member. But one day I got into a small tiff over something, and that’s when I found out who she is. But still, Disha is someone I would turn to just to generally confide in and get an overview of a super-crisis situation. We have built that level of personal rapport.”
Karan Talwar (Associate director on Raajneeti, Chakravyuh and Satyagraha)

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One movie role you’d love to do?
Aakira in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Geet in Jab We Met, or Simran in DDLJ.

One movie director you idolise?
My dad of course and Yashji (Chopra).

One popular white lie in the industry?
“We are just good friends.” If you weren’t doing this... I’d be a singer, definitely.


Some more star kids
Rhea Kapoor:
Daughter of Anil Kapoor and sister of Sonam Kapoor. She produced Ayesha and now working on her next project.

Junaid Khan: Aamir Khan’s oldest son is now working as an assistant in direction with Rajkumar Hirani on Peekay.

Sanjay Grover: Son of Gulshan Grover. Sanjay is now director of programming and administration at Hollywood’s MGM studios.

Sneha Taurani: Daughter of producer Ramesh Taurani. Working as an assistant in direction with Milan Luthria on Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2.

Azaan Khan: Son of yesteryear actress Zeenat Aman and Mazhar Khan. He is gearing up to be in direction.

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