Celebrity Lifestyle Series: These Bollywood star kids are as famous as their parents
Taimur, Misha, AbRam, Suhana, Jhanvi... these star kids no longer need their parents’ names for people to know who they are. Their ages vary — some are infants just a few months old; some are pre-teens; some are young adults on the verge of starting their career — but what they have in common is a natural charisma and charm (is it their genes?) that keeps them in the limelight.
With top actors from Bollywood and television as their celebrity parents, these kids already enjoy a star status and attract about as much media attention as their parents do. Their holidays, parties, planned film debut, and whatever else they do makes headlines. The parents have different strategies for handling this. While some stars prefer not to share pictures of their kids publicly, others go all out on social networks, letting their kids get used to the media glare.
As part of our on-going Celebrity Lifestyle Series, this time we take a look at these much talked-about star kids, who often steal their parents’ thunder. From their schooling, education, media exposure, and career plans, get all the dope here.
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan
Born on December 20, 2016, the apple-cheeked Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, son of actor couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, is one of the cutest babies in Bollywood. Although Kareena and Saif are yet to officially post a picture of Taimur, the six-month-old has often been clicked accompanying Kareena.
Besides Taimur, Saif has two more children — Sara Ali Khan (24) and Ibrahim Ali Khan (15) — from his first marriage with actor Amrita Singh.
The formerly plump Sara has now achieved some fitness goals with her new toned self. In May last year, Sara graduated from Columbia University in New York, US. All set to make her Bollywood debut, Sara is rumoured to be paired opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath.
Ibrahim went to Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, and was actively involved in sports. He has already made his Bollywood debut... as a child actor in Saif’s film Tashan (2008), where he played the younger version of Saif’s character. Reportedly, Ibrahim is close friends with Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav. In a recent interview, Saif has spoken about how Ibrahim had been approached for an ad campaign.
Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sriram Madhav Nene
Bollywood’s dancing diva, actor Madhuri Dixit, has two sons — Raayan Nene (12) and Arin Nene (14) — and both are studying in Oberoi International School in Goregaon, Mumbai. Both of Madhuri’s sons were born in Denver, US. She had shifted base after she got married, and later moved back to Mumbai in the middle of the academic session in 2011. As per reports, Madhuri took quite a while to finalise schools for her boys and she consulted other celebrity parents to take a call.
Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput
Actor Shahid Kapoor and wife Mira Rajput were blessed with a baby girl, Misha, on August 26, 2016. The infant is indeed her daddy’s princess; he loves to post pictures with his baby on social media. Misha often gets clicked with mommy Mira as well, whenever they’re travelling. Talking about how she is protective as a mother, Mira said in an interview, “It bothers [me] sometimes when it gets too much or the paps come too close, especially with Misha, when there are so many flashes. She’s a small baby and her eyes are a still little sensitive, and it is something that we like to monitor. One doesn’t want to hide their child from the world, but it’s the flash that one is concerned about.”
Sridevi and Boney Kapoor
Veteran actor Sridevi and filmmaker Boney Kapoor have two daughters — Jhanvi Kapoor (20) and Khushi Kapoor (16) — and both went to Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai. While Jhanvi is set to make her Bollywood debut in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year 2, she has been in the limelight for sometime now, which has often bothered her mother. “I’m concerned about my children being so much in the media. I would’ve been happy if Jhanvi would all of a sudden star in a movie. Now, she is already in the media. But yes, the times have changed, so you better accept it,” Sridevi told us earlier. Reportedly, Jhanvi will take an acting course from an institute in California, US. As for Khushi’s career choices, mum Sridevi said, “Khushi says she wants to get into modelling. Pehle (earlier), she wanted to become a doctor. Phir (then) doctor se lawyer and now it’s modelling. So, I am waiting for the shock to happen.”
Actor Tusshar Kapoor became a single father when his son Lakkshya was born through a surrogate mother on June 1, 2016. An adorable baby, Lakkshya often gets clicked with his grandfather, veteran actor Jeetendra, and his aunt, serial and film producer Ekta Kapoor. Last month, a grand party was thrown for Lakkshya. It was attended by bigwigs from Bollywood, and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s son Taimur was seen bonding with the one-year-old. While Tusshar often takes to Instagram to post Lakkshya’s pictures, he admits that he wasn’t comfortable doing that initially. “I never wanted to keep him away from the limelight. I was just scared back then. But now that he’s one year old, I will share [photos] henceforth. I don’t even like to display everything, because some things are too precious. Some things are very private and some things you can share with the world. It should be that way,” the actor was quoted as saying.
Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani
In 1995, at the age of 21, actor Raveena Tandon adopted two girls — Pooja and Chhaya. While the elder one, Pooja, is now an event manager, Chayya is an air hostess. Raveena also has two children with her husband, distributor Anil Thadani — they are daughter Rasha (11) and son Ranbirvardhan (8). Talking about what her kids wish to do once they grow up, Raveena once said in an interview, “My kids are [too young] to think about films and their interest area. I have kept my kids away from the overexposure (to the glamour world) that other kids are getting and becoming celebrities on social media much before they become teens. I want them (my kids) to grow up as normal kids.”
Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder
Choreographer- turned-filmmaker Farah Khan and her husband, director Shirish Kunder, became proud parents to adorable triplets — two daughters, Diva and Anya, and son Czar — through in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Farah often posts pictures of her nine-year-old kids, who made their first on-screen appearance in the film Happy New Year (2014), in the credits. Proud to have opted for IVF to have her children, Farah earlier said, “It is important that we come forward and take pride in this because it gives so much courage and so much hope to people who want to do it, but are scared to do it. I proudly say that my children are from IVF and no, a pizza man did not deliver you.”
Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan
Bollywood’s hottest dad, actor Hrithik Roshan, has two sons — Hrehaan (10) and Hridaan (8) — with ex-wife Sussanne Khan, and both of them are studying in Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai. Even after their divorce, Hrithik and Sussanne have always kept in touch for the sake of their sons and are often spotted enjoying family dinners. They even go on vacations. “Hrehaan is like his father. He is extremely intelligent and superb in calculations. He is a very quiet boy, but is inquisitive about things around him. Hridaan is just like me. He is a very happy-go-lucky, fun child and doesn’t complain about anything. He is always smiling and is a complete rock star,” Sussanne was quoted as saying in an interview.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan
Actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan’s five-year-old daughter Aaradhya is one of the most popular star kids in Bollywood. Born in Bollywood’s most famous family, Aaradhya is always surrounded by the paparazzi, and she is seen accompanying her mother even at international events. Talking about her daughter becoming aware of how famous her family members are, Aishwarya said in an interview, “She has been seeing all this since her childhood, [so] there’s a certain amount of familiarity with that. Even I saw the picture like you did. I didn’t even know that she was looking into the camera and making that cute little pose.”
Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her husband, businessman Raj Kundra, have a five-year-old son, Viaan. From cooking together to playing together, the couple loves to spend quality time with their son and share their family pictures on Instagram. “He knows it’s weird that people are constantly around us, but I am not sure he is old enough to know I am an actress. Viaan is a very possessive child. When people walk up to us for pictures, he vehemently says no. My son is my bodyguard now,” Shilpa said in an interview.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan
Actor Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri have three children — sons Aryan (19) and AbRam (4), and daughter Suhana (17). Aryan graduated from Sevenoaks School, London, in 2016 and had his family by his side at the graduation ceremony. Back in Mumbai, he is now rumoured to be preparing for his Bollywood debut. “Aryan talks about his ambitions, and where he’d like to be one day. He’s very clear that way. He just wants to be bigger than me and that’s cool,” SRK once said. Suhana went to Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, and is now at London University. Talking about her future plans, Shah Rukh said, “Suhana wants to be an actress. I see that zeal in her. She’s extremely good on stage; I’ve seen her performances. She’s admittedly a cinema fan and wants to be in the industry.”
Shah Rukh’s youngest child, AbRam, was born through surrogacy in 2013. AbRam is often spotted with his dad at Indian Premier League matches and their airport pictures also get everyone talking. “AbRam is extremely protective of me. There are times [when] he watches somebody hit me on screen and he thinks it’s for real. So, the next time he meets them, he gives them dirty looks. Otherwise, he’s a total chiller. Unlike Suhana and Aryan, he is more people friendly. He gets happy seeing my fans,” Shah Rukh said in an interview.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan has three children — Ira (20) and Junaid (25), with ex-wife Reena Dutta, and son Azad Rao Khan with wife Kiran Rao. While Junaid is at present studying theatre and has assisted filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani in the film PK (2014), Ira has assisted music composer Ram Sampath. Talking about his children’s plans to join films, Aamir said, “Of course, I will help them. If I feel they have the talent and are deserving, I will surely help them. If not deserving, then I will tell them they aren’t deserving.” Azad Rao Khan was conceived through surrogacy in 2011. “It is such a joy to have a child in your life. It is something that really changes your life,” Aamir had said in an earlier interview.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna
One of Bollywood’s most stylish couples, actors Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have two children — son Aarav (14) and daughter Nitara (4). Aarav is in the United World College of South East Asia, one of the best schools in Singapore. Before joining this school last year, Aarav was in Oberoi International School, Goregaon, Mumbai. Just like his father, Aarav is into martial arts and has been training for the past nine years in kudo, a Japanese hybrid martial art form. In fact, Akshay shared that Aarav got his first degree black belt in it last year, with a picture on Instagram. In February last year, Aarav even got the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Visakhapatnam coast, during the inauguration of the International Fleet Review 2016. Nitara is fond of painting, and sometime back, mum Twinkle had posted a picture of the four-year-old painting a canvas. She is often spotted in pictures with both Akshay and Twinkle.
Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra
Actor Rani Mukerji and her husband, filmmaker Aditya Chopra, were blessed with a baby daughter, Adira, on December 9, 2015. Although both parents are not comfortable talking much about Adira or sharing her pictures on social media, Rani did give people a glimpse of her daughter with an adorable message on her first birthday. In the note, Rani mentioned that she would let Adira follow her own dreams, and wouldn’t necessarily push her into joining the film industry. “I hope I can bring [up] Adira beautifully... Without any fears, brave, wise, clever, disciplined, well mannered. I want everyone to be proud of her. Even if nobody is... I will always be proud of her... Encourage her to follow her heart... Not get bullied ever... Not to be pressurised for anything in life. Be carefree always,” she wrote.
Ajay Devgn and Kajol
Actor couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol had their first child, Nysa, in 2003. Seven years later, in 2010, their son Yug was born. The couple doesn’t bring the kids much into the media glare, but family pictures are shared on social media while they are holidaying. In an interview, Ajay had told us that he would only be seen with his children in public if there was a sense of purpose in it for his kids. “You will only see me with my kids at public events when I want to teach them something about life,” he had said.
Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt
Actor Sanjay Dutt has three children — daughter Trishala (29) from his first wife Richa Sharma, and twins, son Shahraan and daughter Iqra, who were born in 2010, with wife Maanyata Dutt. Trishala, who lives in New York, is not a part of the film industry and is mostly known for her beauty and lifestyle blogs. She often shares photos of her father on social media, to remind everyone how much she loves him. At a press conference, Sanjay had joked that he would have broken Trishala’s legs if she had become an actor.
Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza
Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza are proud parents to two sons — Riaan (3) and Rahyl (1). The couple keeps on sharing photos of their sons on social media, but don’t want them getting clicked by the paparazzi. In an interview, Riteish said that the only thing he wanted his kids to learn was respect for other individuals. “I fervently want to pass to them the value of respect. My father always said you don’t command respect, you give it. The more you respect people around you, the more respect you get. It is something I have lived by and I am really keen on inculcating it in my children,” the actor was quoted as saying.
Chunky Pandey and Bhavana Pandey
Actor Chunky Pandey has two daughters with wife Bhavana Pandey — Rhysa (12) and Ananya (18). Rhysa is very good in athletics; she has won gold medals in school and represented her school at sporting events. She has got her first black belt in taekwondo. “We are over the moon. It’s the first black belt in our family. She’s an excellent runner and started training in taekwondo when she was six. As of now, Rysa has no aspiration to acting, like my elder daughter Ananya has,” Chunky had said. Ananya is rumoured to be making her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year 2, in which she might be paired opposite Tiger Shroff. The 18-year-old has already become a sensation on social media. Happy with Ananya’s decision to enter films, Chunky recently said, “I would like to tell her that it’s important that you don’t imitate anyone else’s success story. You have to make your own story, and I would love to be known as Ananya Pandey’s father.”
Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta
Actor Juhi Chawla has two children with her husband Jay Mehta — daughter Jhanvi (16) and son Arjun (14). While Juhi would love to see her kids taking up acting as a profession, she said in an interview that both of them were too shy to be part of the film industry. Juhi also mentioned that Jhanvi wanted to become a writer “like JK Rowling”, but after that she wanted to be “a surgeon”. On the other hand, Arjun is “still fooling around”, and the only hint he has ever given his mother is that he wants to “become a businessman like his father”.
Actor Sushmita Sen defied all Indian social taboos when she became a single mother and adopted Renee in 2000. She adopted her second daughter, three-month-old Alisah, in 2010. Sushmita, a self-confessed protective mother, often posts videos and photos of her bonding with her daughters. She recently shared on Instagram a video of them dancing to Ed Sheeran’s song Shape of You. Sushmita has always said that she is happy that her daughters are turning out to be great human beings. Renee is a great singer, while Alisah is a budding skater, and Sushmita is supportive of their ambitions.
Karan Mehra and Nisha Rawal
TV actors Karan Mehra and Nisha Rawal welcomed their first child, son Kavish, on June 14 this year. The couple announced the news of their newborn through an adorable photo post on Instagram, showing the baby’s tiny feet. Almost a week later, the couple shared another picture of the baby, this time showing his face and announcing his name. Nisha reportedly got to know about her pregnancy when Karan was in the Bigg Boss house as a contestant. Some false reports also did the rounds that Karan had left his wife and a one-year-old child behind to enter the show, but the couple refuted all such reports.
Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee
TV couple Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee, who got married in 2011, don’t have any biological children, but have adopted two girls — Pooja (6) and Lata (9) — in March this year. Reportedly, the two girls lived with Lata’s father till 2014. However, the death of the father last year forced the girls to move in with a relative and they had no option but to work as domestic helps to fend for themselves. Gurmeet’s mother, whose house was close to where the girls worked, was concerned about their well-being and told her son about it. He took the decision to adopt them.
Karanvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu
Actor Karanvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu became parents after 10 years of marriage. And they were on cloud nine when they welcomed their twin daughters — Bella and Vienna — in October 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Too cute for words, the twin girls already have a separate Instagram account,which Teejay has created exclusively to share pictures of her twins. The couple also did a special photoshoot for their twin babies and the pictures went viral on social media in no time. Karanvir’s co-star Mouni Roy from his recently wrapped up show Naagin 2 dotes on his kids and calls herself their ‘maasi’.
Shabbir Ahluwalia and Kanchi Kaul
TV actors Shabbir Ahluwalia and Kanchi Kaul are parents to two boys — Azaai (3) and Ivarr (1). Kanchi, who is a social media buff, regularly posts photos of her sons on Instagram, and recently shared a video of Ivarr taking his first steps.
Arjun Bijlani and Neha Bijlani
Actor Arjun Bijlani and his wife Neha became parents to son Ayaan on January 21, 2015. Arjun regularly takes to social media to post photos of his son and the fun time they spend together. The actor makes it a point to go on long drives with his toddler. The first time Arjun made Ayaan face the public eye was when he was a participant on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa season 9. Playing the doting dad, the actor was quoted as saying in an interview, “I want my son to make his own decisions and choose his own career when he grows up. He is a water baby, and loves swimming.”
Ayushmann Khurrana and Tahira
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana and wife Tahira are proud parents of two beautiful kids — Virajveer (5) and Varushka (3). The actor had earlier said that his children kept him grounded. The kids used to earlier live in Chandigarh with Tahira, and then shifted base to Mumbai in 2015. Though his work keeps him busy, whenever Ayushmann gets some time off, he spends it with his family, especially his kids. Asked whether he would want them to become actors, Ayushmann replied, “I don’t think they should have that pressure. They should discover life on their own. No one will force them to pursue a certain career.”
Indraneil Sengupta and Barkha Bisht Sengupta
Actors Indraneil Sengupta and Barkha Bisht Sengupta became parents for the first time in October 2011 when their daughter Meira was born. Going by the cute photos of Meira that the couple shares on social media, it seems that she is quite fashionable and camera-friendly. Both Indraneil and Barkha manage time well, so that Meira is never away from her parents. If Barkha is busy then Indraneil takes Meira to school or for her swimming classes. Barkha wakes up early and gets Meira ready for school. She also keeps track of what’s happening by checking her school notebooks daily. When Barkha gets busy with work, she even brings Meira to the sets, but not often as she doesn’t want her to get used to showbiz. “...I don’t want her to get used to this lifestyle and later take up this career option. I don’t want my daughter to be an actor. The life of an actor is so unsettled, especially financially. Acting, maine kar li, mere husband ne kar li, ab meri beti nahi karegi,” she was quoted as saying in an interview.
Gurdeep Kohli and Arjun Punj
Actors Gurdeep Kohli and Arjun Punj got married in 2006 and have two children—daughter Meher (7) and son Mahir (2). When Meher was three, Gurdeep decided to avoid taking up daily soaps, as they require a lot of time. “Erratic work schedules are a part of a daily soap actor’s life. But I made a conscious decision to stay away from daily soaps when I decided to come back to the small screen as I wanted to concentrate on bringing up my daughter…,” she was quoted as saying. The couple often indulges in vacations with their kids around Mumbai and also outside. The last time they were seen enjoying a pool time in a getaway near the city.
Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff
TV actors Juhi Parmar and Sachin Shroff were blessed with daughter Samaira Shroff in January 2013. In an interview last year, Juhi said that having a daughter changed their lives completely. “Earlier, when we shopped, we used to just think about us, but now when we go shopping, we immediately want to buy something for our daughter. She has moved up our priority list,” Juhi was quoted as saying. The actor loves to post adorable photos and pouty selfies with her child.
Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan
Telly couple Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan became parents to twins —son Nevaan and daughter Katya—in 2009. Talking about the kids, Gauri had said that they are quite organised and know where to keep their stuff. Though Hiten is usually caught up with work but after he is done and the kids are back from school, he enjoys telling stories to them. They might be one of TV’s most admired couple but their children aren’t allowed to watch the same.
Deepika Singh and Rohit Raj Goyal
TV’s most popular bahu, Deepika Singh became a mother of a baby boy on May 20 this year. The Diya Aur Baati Hum actor, who married the director of the show Rohit Raj Goyal in 2014, shared a photo of her and the baby, Soham, on her Instagram page after a month. She put up another picture of the little one recently along with Rohit’s picture. She captioned it as, “I’m little skeptical about sharing my Boy’s picture as I’m over possessive for both of them that’s why I didn’t upload “ soham” pictures. But I’m trying to overcome being a paranoid & today by clicking his this picture , I surprised & got a strong gut feeling to share this collage with you all (sic).”
Shweta Tiwari and Abhinav Kohli
TV actor Shweta Tiwari has two children—daughter Palak from her ex-husband Raja Chaudhary, and son Reyansh, from her current spouse, actor and publisher Abhinav Kohli. Palak was born in 2000 and Shweta gave birth to Reyansh in November 2016. While Reyansh is already a hit on social media with his cute pictures, Palak is geared up for her Bollywood debut alongside Taare Zameen Par actor Darsheel Safary in the film Quickie. “Shweta is a hands on mother who wants to be there for Reyansh till he grows up a bit and then get back to work. Palak, on the other hand, is keen on acting and Shweta is grooming her. She is learning acting and also gymming to look good. Palak has been getting good film offers, (the one) with Darsheel is just one of them,” said Abhinav.
Maniesh Paul and Sanyukta
TV’s most popular host, Maniesh Paul has two kids—daughter Saisha (6) and one-year-old son Yuvaan. Before his son was born, Maniesh had said that becoming a father for the second time will be another new experience for him. “It’s a heady feeling, one which is inexplicable to someone who has not experienced it. Just when I thought I had mastered the art of parenting with my daughter Saisha, I have a new challenge to face, more so because now I will have to share my toys with him,” he had told us in an interview.
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