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Surrogacy should not be a racket: Kiran Rao

Afsana Ahmed, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 20, 2013
First Published: 19:22 IST(20/7/2013) | Last Updated: 03:16 IST(21/7/2013)

It’s remarkable to see Aamir Khan’s petite wife Kiran Rao holding power in her name, in view of her non-relationship with Bollywood. Be it her passion for her work (filmmaking), her deep interest as a homemaker or her definite standings in some matters, Kiran is unmistakably a woman of today.

Her intentions are also noteworthy. Whether it is propagating the concept of surrogacy through practice or backing small time filmmakers like Anand Gandhi (Ship Of Theseus), she is certainly an emerging force. 

Having set a trend with surrogacy, what do you have to say to Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan who recently opted for surrogacy?
The arrival of a new one at home is a beautiful feeling! And they have been parents before, so I’m sure I don’t need to tell them what joy it is to be new parents. I wish them all the best.

What are your thoughts on surrogacy?
Surrogacy doesn’t always work. It should be treated as a last resort, not the first. One just hopes that it doesn’t become a money making racket, sort of an inter-womb scam. And most certainly, it shouldn’t be used as an option for people who want it easy and don’t want to play with their figures. In the past, there have been some cases like this. Certain women do not want to go through the childbirth pain and the hassle that comes along. I feel those are shallow reasons for opting for surrogacy.

Did you lose hope when you went through a miscarriage and the post complications?
At that point, I mentally prepared myself that I won’t have a child and eventually, accepted my fate. And because there were Aamir’s children, Ira and Junaid, I didn’t feel the need to adopt. That would have been an option otherwise. When you are trying too hard to have a baby but fail, you tend go through so many pains. But time is a great healer.

Any advice to those who cannot conceive?
You have to make peace with the fact that life can be complete without kids. There’s so much life has to offer. You find other ways to fill that vacuum.

Everyone’s appreciating Ship Of Theseus. But why choose a movie with such little market viability?
I feel filmmakers who have some say in terms of influence, should take it as a duty upon themselves to create opportunities for different kind of films .... I understand such filmmakers don’t have money to push their film in big cities.

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