OF HA­TRED, HAP­PI­NESS AND HALF-SIB­LINGS

How do Bol­ly­wood fam­i­lies, with their chil­dren from mul­ti­ple marriages, stack up in this area?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

If a par­ent in­stills the right val­ues, half-sib­lings can share a great bond DR GITANJALI SHARMA, MAR­RIAGE COUN­SEL­LOR

Ac­tor Ar­jun Kapoor’s re­cent re­marks about his half-sis­ters Jhanvi and Khushi has once again put the spotlight on half-sib­lings’ re­la­tion­ships in Bol­ly­wood. Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion at an event, Ar­jun said, “We don’t re­ally meet and spend time to­gether, so [a re­la­tion­ship] doesn’t re­ally ex­ist.” Ar­jun, son of pro­ducer Boney Kapoor with his first wife Mona Kapoor, has also never ac­knowl­edged any fam­ily ties with the two girls’ mother, ac­tor Sridevi, who is Boney’s sec­ond wife. Ar­jun called her “my fa­ther’s wife.”

How­ever, ac­tor Shahid Kapoor has a very warm re­la­tion­ship with Ishaan Khat­tar, his half-brother from ac­tor Nee­l­ima Azeem. And half-sis­ters Pooja and Alia Bhatt, who both have a fa­ther in film­maker Ma­hesh Bhatt, also ap­pear to get along well.

Just hav­ing a sib­ling from one par­ent’s sec­ond (or third) spouse is ob­vi­ously not rea­son enough to like or dis­like them. So what makes half-sib­ling re­la­tion­ships take off or crash? Dr Ka­mal Khu­rana, Delhi-based re­la­tion­ship coun­sel­lor, ex­plains that each in­di­vid­ual is dif­fer­ent and no par­ent can force them to be in a de­fined re­la­tion­ship with their half-sib­lings. Also, bad is not the clear op­po­site of good. “That you’re not friends or not on cor­dial terms doesn’t make you en­e­mies,” he says.

As for the Deol fam­ily, broth­ers Sunny and Bobby, sons of vet­eran ac­tor Dhar­men­dra’s first wife Parkash Kaur, and their half­sis­ters Esha and Ahana, daugh­ters of his sec­ond wife Hema Malini, used to share a happy bond. But the broth­ers skipped Esha’s wed­ding, show­ing that even good re­la­tion­ship may sour.

That a blood­line doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily make two peo­ple sib­lings be­came ev­i­dent when Prateik Bab­bar, the son of ac­tor Raj Bab­bar with the late ac­tor Smita Patil, said — de­spite hav­ing a half-brother in Aarya, Raj’s son with Nadira — said that he looked at ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan as his big brother. The con­clu­sion may be that fam­ily is not what one is born to, but what one chooses for one­self.

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

PHOTO: ATUL KAS­BEKAR

Ar­jun Kapoor (left) has half-sis­ters Jhanvi and Khushi (right) from fa­ther Boney Kapoor

PHOTO:SU­NIL SHIRSEKAR / FOTOCORP

Half-sis­ters Pooja and Alia Bhatt with their fa­ther Ma­hesh Bhatt

PHOTO:IN­STA­GRAM/ SHAHIDKAPOOR

Shahid Kapoor has half-brother Ishaan Khat­tar from Nee­l­ima Azeem

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