Star par­ents of Bol­ly­wood are show­ing great in­ter­est in their chil­dren’s ca­reer choices

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

When it comes to plan­ning their kids’ ca­reer, Bol­ly­wood par­ents are no less in­volved than yours. From help­ing them make in­formed choices [about whether or not to join the film in­dus­try] to hand-hold­ing them for their big break, the stars are go­ing all out. The fo­cus is on these moms and dads, as a host of star-kids, in­clud­ing Sara Ali Khan, Jhanvi Kapoor and Aryan Khan, are set to en­ter Hindi cin­ema. It was re­ported that ac­tor Am­rita Singh, owing to her friend­ship with pro­ducer Ekta Kapoor, gave daugh­ter Sara’s dates to Ekta’s ban­ner in­stead of Karan Jo­har, who wanted to launch Sara in Stu­dent of the Year 2 (SOTY 2). “Ei­ther star-kids make a half-hearted at­tempt, be­come un­suc­cess­ful and re­sent [their choice] there­after or their par­ents dis­qual­ify the idea of their chil­dren join­ing films. Or, par­ents hand­hold their chil­dren to suc­cess. All this calls for strate­gic plan­ning and mo­ti­va­tion, and par­ents play a great role in this,” says Dr Ka­mal Khu­rana, re­la­tion­ship ex­pert and men­tor for per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion. Rewind in time, and Dhar­men­dra’s son Sunny Deol made a pro­tected en­try in Bol­ly­wood with Be­taab (1983), and film­maker Rakesh Roshan launched son Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2000. “Hrithik Roshan and Ran­bir Kapoor, among oth­ers, were kept hid­den by their folks as they trained vig­or­ously for their de­but films. So it’s only ex­pected that the likes of Sara and Jhanvi get a red-car­pet launch,” says film critic Omar Qureshi. Help­ing their kids taste suc­cess is one thing. But to­day’s star par­ents also openly ex­press their joy, worry or dis­plea­sure with their chil­dren’s de­ci­sion to join films. Ac­tor Sridevi, whose daugh­ter Jhanvi Kapoor has bagged SOTY 2, had said she’d rather see Jhanvi mar­ried. Ac­tor Saif Ali Khan, too, wanted Sara (daugh­ter with ex-wife Am­rita Singh) to have a sta­ble pro­fes­sion in New York (Sara stud­ied there) in­stead. How­ever, he later said that he sup­ports Sara’s de­ci­sion. “Her choice is great. She is an ac­tress, and be­longs to a fam­ily of artists.” Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan, on the other hand, hopes for a grand de­but for son Aryan, un­like his first film Dee­wana (1992), wherein he had a small role. Ac­tor Aamir Khan also said that he’d like it if Ira and Ju­naid join films, but would only launch them if they “de­serve” it, “else they can find act­ing jobs on their own”. Fam­ily coun­selor, Dr Gi­tan­jali Sharma, says that celebs no longer shy away sup­port­ing their kids’ ca­reer ir­re­spec­tive of what peo­ple would say. “They are giv­ing their kids that space to grow while pro­tect­ing them,” she says.


Sridevi with her daugh­ter Jhanvi Kapoor

Shah Rukh Khan and son Aryan Khan (be­low)

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