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Royal babies of Bollywood

Shalvi Mangaokar , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 24, 2013
First Published: 13:23 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 15:35 IST(24/7/2013)

On the evening of July 22, surrounded by a lot of media hype, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, became the parents of a healthy baby boy. All over Britain, debates about the royal child’s name began in no time. According to agencies, George, is a current favourite among bookmakers.

As this global frenzy shows no sign of settling, we take a look at some of the most high-profile kids in Bollywood. Their names might not have set the bookies’ schedules ablaze, but they did make headlines, earn Twitter handles and develop impressive fan bases within just hours of their birth.

Aaradhya Bachchan
The Bachchan family’s youngest member was guarded like a national secret. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s daughter was kept away from the public eye for close to a year. Rumour had it that the film family was even offered money by a publication for a photo-shoot with the mother and child, but they vehemently refused. Her parents only revealed her name three months after she was born.

Azad Rao Khan
AzadAamir Khan sprung a major surprise on Bollywood and the media when he announced to the world that he and his wife, Kiran Rao, had welcomed home a baby boy, born via surrogacy. The actor celebrated the fact that Azad was the newest member of his family with the media in tow.

Abram Khan
He’s Bollywood newest born and just over a month-old. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s decision to expand their family also startled the country. Though the parents were unable to guard this secret as well as they would have liked to, an anonymous news piece gave away their identities a few weeks before SRK admitted to it at a press conference. However, it is highly unlikely that the world will get to see a glimpse of the baby anytime soon.

Other star babies 
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra became parents of a baby boy, Viaan, on May 21, 2012.
Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi’s daughter, Saira was born on January 20, 2012.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna welcomed home a baby girl named Nitara on September 25, 2012.

A prince is born
A selection of various British newspapers headline the news of the birth of a son to Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday July 23. The baby was born at 4.24 pm and weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces at the time. The infant is the third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

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