Like his actor-father, Akshay Kumar, Aarav is known to be fond of martial arts, and has won several medals in karate championships. But on Sunday (February 8), the 12-year-old followed in his father’s footsteps when he took to the stage to act at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Akshay, along with wife, Twinkle Khanna, was present to cheer his son.
At the event, Aarav represented his school (Oberoi International School, Goregaon) as he performed the six-minute skit. “Clearly, Akshay and Twinkle were proud and happy when Aarav came on stage. Aarav didn’t look uncomfortable, which wasn’t surprising considering the family he belongs to,” says a source present at the venue. In the skit, Aarav played an undercover journalist, who attempts to rescue his school principal and other kids.
Aarav (in green sweater) while performing the skit at the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Although Aarav belongs to a family of actors (he is the grandson of late superstar Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia), Akshay has always maintained that he can pursue any profession he likes. “Every kid deserves a childhood to remember. Work and acting come later in life. I just want [for him] whatever he (Aarav) wants. He watches my films, he tells me if he likes them or not, and then he is back to being a child,” Akshay told HT Café earlier. The actor couldn’t be reached for a comment.
Interestingly, while the actor and his wife was allotted front row seats during the event, Akshay watched half of the performance standing. “He spotted an old lady standing in the auditorium since the venue was packed. He offered his seat to her,” says the source.