Earlier this year, producer Kumar Taurani launched his son, Girish, in the Prabhu Dheva-directed Ramaiya Vastavaiya (remake of one of Prabhu Dheva's own Telugu directorials). The film came and went, and the young actor didn't make much of a mark (he wasn't offered a new project either). Yet, papa Taurani is leaving no stone unturned to try and make a Bollywood star out of his son. He's lined up yet another Telugu remake - of the 2004 film Arya - for him. "The script has been re-written keeping Girish in mind," says Taurani Sr.
Girish isn't the only actor backed by a film-maker father. We look at the others - the hits, the misses and the youngsters who have family-aided projects coming up.
Back in 2000, film-maker Rakesh Roshan launched son Hrithik Roshan in the blockbuster Kaho Na…Pyaar Hai. Hrithik became a star overnight and the film is one of his biggest hits to date. Dharmendra too produced his son Bobby Deol's maiden venture, Barsaat (1995), which starred another debutant star kid, Twinkle Khanna. Bobby was never an A-lister, but he delivered hits such as Gupt (1997), Soldier (1998) and the Deol family-multistarrer Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011). The first big film for Konkona Sen Sharma - the critically acclaimed Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002) - was directed by her mother Aparna Sen. Other well-known names like Sonam Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor also had their famous parents or siblings pouring money into their projects.
Not so lucky
Having a famous relative (and a rich one, at that), however, is not always a guaranteed ticket to fame. Vashu Bhagnani produced back-to-back ventures for his son, Jackky Bhagnani, of which, only Faltu (2011) did well; Jackky's career never really took off. Although he is still part of Dhoom:3, Uday Chopra's career - despite starring in several expensive films produced by his family banner, Yash Raj Films - is at a standstill. Harman Baweja, again, launched in the big-budget Love Story 2050 (the 2008 film was produced by his father Harry Baweja), never tasted success. Esha Deol had her famous mother Hema Malini produce and direct Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011), but the film didn't do well. Mahakshay Chakraborty's father Mithun, meanwhile, tried to help his fledgling career by producing Enemmy, but the actor is still struggling to get roles.
The trend of acting in projects backed by famous relatives continues. David Dhawan is directing his son Varun Dhawan in his second venture, Main Tera Hero. Alia Bhatt, who debuted with Varun in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year (2012), might soon sign a film with her family banner, Vishesh Films, and veteran actor Govinda has gone on the record to say that he is going to launch his daughter Narmada Ahuja next year.