Family to film sets: Bollywood relatives keen on working together

  • Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2014 17:32 IST

Actors hardly get to spend time with family, but lucky are those that get to work with their kin on sets. Next year will see many such cases — Shahid Kapoor and folks, Sonakshi Sinha with her brothers, the Akhtar siblings and dad-son jodi Boney and Arjun Kapoor. “A film with members from the same ­family will have a personal touch rather than just professional quality. There is always a heightened curiosity among the audience, too,” says trade analyst Atul Mohan. Distributor Rajesh Thadani feels that star prices being high, it’s always easy to cast someone from home: “For filmmakers, it’s a win-win situation to cast kids or siblings as the remuneration can be decided later, on basis of profits.”

Shatrughan Sinha and Sonakshi Sinha

Shotgun Shatrughan Sinha’s three kids — daughter Sonakshi and sons Luv and Kussh — came together for an ad film earlier this year. Sona featured in the commercial that was produced by Luv and directed by Kussh. The siblings are now once again collaborating, this time to produce films together. “Sonakshi, Luv and I are happy to announce the ­formation of our production company... (sic),” posted Kussh, last month.

Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar

After Luck By Chance (2009) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), twins Farhan and Zoya Akhtar have once again collaborated for Dil Dhadakne Do. This film has an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, apart from Farhan himself, who is also the co-producer of this film.

Pankaj Kapur and Shahid Kapoor

Actor Shahid Kapoor along with his half-sister Sanah and dad, veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, will all be seen togther in Vikas Bahl’s next film, Shandaar. It’ll also mark the Bollywood debut of Sanah, who’ll play Pankaj’s daughter. Shahid and Pankaj had worked together three years ago, in the latter’s directorial debut Mausam, but it’ll be the first time that Shahid will actually act with his dad.

Boney Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor

Boney Kapoor, known for producing cult flicks like Mr India (1987) apart from hits such Judaai (1997) and No Entry (2005), where he cast his younger brother Anil Kapoor, has now cast his son Arjun for his next, Tevar. In an interview to us, Arjun had admitted that he is not the pampered kid on the sets as his dad is a strict taskmaster, like any other producer.

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