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Saif Ali Khan chooses cricket over Bollywood

entertainment Updated: Oct 18, 2013 20:10 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
Saif Ali Khan

It hardly comes as a surprise that Saif Ali Khan’s son, Ibrahim, has chosen cricket as his preferred sport. After all, the game runs in his family — he is the grandson of celebrated cricketer, late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and the great grandson of the legendary Iftikhar Ali Khan.

The 12-year-old, who studies at Dhirubhai Ambani International School (BKC), is reportedly playing for the Giles Shield inter-school cricket tournament for boys (under-14) next month. “I have no idea about it (Ibrahim’s debut). But since he is extremely young right now, let him enjoy cricket and concentrate on his game,” says grandmother Sharmila Tagore.

Defying the popular perception that they lead protected lives, owing to their famous fathers, star kids have been seen sweating it out on the sports field. While Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira impressed as a defender in a recent football game, Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav hardly ever misses judo and karate practice. Their parents too have been supportive. Aamir and wife Kiran Rao were seen playing football with Ira. Shah Rukh Khan, too, is spotted at various tournaments for his children, Aryan and Suhana.

Ira Khan
Sport:
Football
Famous father: Aamir Khan
Last month, Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira was spotted at Azad Maidan, playing the girls MSSA Under-16 for Lilavatibai Podar. Her team defeated St Anne's (Malad) by 3-0 and apparently, she played an important role as a defender. She didn’t throw any starry tantrums and even joined the rest of the girls at the MSSA canteen, which is famous for its vada pav and chai.

Aarav Bhatia
Sport:
Judo-karate
Famous father: Akshay Kumar
Like his father, the 11-year-old is also into martial arts. In fact, he too has won several competitions. What’s interesting is that whenever Akshay gets time off from his busy schedule, he personally teaches his son judo and karate tricks. At last year’s International Judo Tournament organised by the star, Aarav was spotted watching all the stunts carefully with his father.

Aryan and suhana Khan
Sport:
Taekwondo/ football
Famous father: Shah Rukh Khan
Both SRK’s kids have regularly participated in various taekwondo competitions. And, the superstar and Gauri have always supported them from the sidelines. In fact, in 2010, when his kids won gold medals in a competition, he had tweeted. “Son and daughter won gold in taekwondo nationals. Suhana was like a newcomer (aggressive)… Aryan fought like a thespian (technical) (sic).”

Besides taekwondo, SRK’s daughter is into soccer too. A couple of months ago, Suhana seemingly followed in his footsteps when she was seen playing at inter-school football
competition. Apparently, her superstar father never fails to give her a tip or two about the game.

Nirvaan Khan
Sport:
Football
Famous father: Sohail Khan
Sohail and Seema Khan’s son is also into football. In fact, last year, when kids from the city’s various schools came together to participate in the Junior Football Championship, he impressed everyone with his soccer skills. Apparently, whenever possible, Nirvaan practises football. Sometimes, his father too gives him company on the football field.