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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Famous star kids: fanfare or fad?

Neha Sharma, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 10, 2013
First Published: 17:15 IST(10/7/2013) | Last Updated: 14:28 IST(14/7/2013)

Fan pages of Bollywood stars are passé. Now, it’s their kids who are stealing the show with thousands of fans on dedicated pages in their names on social networking websites.

Shah Rukh Khan’s little one, AbRam, has three Facebook fan pages within just a month of his arrival, and leading the fan pack are his elder siblings Aryan and Suhana Khan, Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi, Kajol and Ajay Devgn’s daughter Nysa, Sanjay Dutt’s daughter Trishala and Hrithik Roshan’s sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan.

Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan’s one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, and Emraan Hashmi’s three-year-old son, Ayaan, also have many fan pages. Actor Jackie Shroff and filmmaker Ayesha Shroff’s daughter Krishna, 20, also has a fan page.

“It’s very cute, but she will be very embarrassed when she gets to know this because she is very low profile,” says Ayesha.

However, if one wonders who could be a fan of ‘star kids’ who’re seldom in news, cyber experts may have an answer. They say that it’s possible that these pages could be fake or that people could have been tricked into ‘liking’ them.

“There is an entire industry around this. It’s called likejacking. It’s a hack wherein you hijack a machine or someone’s identity using Facebook’s ‘like’ button. The intent could be mere malice or monetary if the spammers work in a way that ensures money per like,” says cyber expert Himanshu Tiwari.

Suhana Khan
Age: 13
Number of fan pages: 10
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 11,212

Aryan Khan
Age: 16
Number of fan pages: 20
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 18,897

AbRam Khan
Age: 1 month
Number of fan pages: 3
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 118

Aaradhya Bachchan
Age: 1 year, 8 months
Number of fan pages: 16
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 439

Hridhaan Roshan
Age: 5
Number of fan pages: 2
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 1,975

Hrehaan Roshan
Age: 7
Number of fan pages: 2
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 2,514

Jhanvi kapoor
Age: 19
Number of fan pages: 19
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 6,924

Ayaan Hashmi
Age: 3
Number of fan pages: 10
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 11,462

Trishala Dutt
Age: 24
Number of fan pages: 3
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 227

Nysa Devgan
Age: 10
Number of fan pages: 1
Number of ‘likes’ on most popular page: 1,259

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