On the Occasion of International Father’s Day, We Sketches Out Some Profiles of the Collest industry DADS
It’s said a truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms even when his hands are empty. Given that our industry dads have literally the world at their feet, the maxim doesn’t apply to them, considering that they are constantly showering their kids with goodies right off the shelves of Bloomingdale’s. The star kids are accustomed to travelling in Porsches and taking international vacations before they can even spell the word ‘international’. But scratch the surface and you find that the fears and anxieties, the aspirations and hopes of industry dads remain the same as your normal Ramprasad doing a 9-5 job. So Saif Ali Khan, who belongs to royalty, gets the most joy
in reading out fables to his tiny tot, Akshay Kumar wants his son to do well at Kudo, Ajay Devgn wants Nysa to grow up with a worldview while Karan Johar is ready to put his career on the backburner for the sake of his twins… They maybe superstars, but deep down they are protectors to the core…
His father brought him up like an army kid and Akshay Kumar is no less a disciplinarian when it comes to bringing up his own children Aarav and lil’ Nitara. His kids have to earn their place in life and won’t have everything handed to them on a platter. Like he allowed Aarav a business class ticket on a recent trip only because he got his first degree black belt in Kudo. Likewise, he wants his daughter to learn self-defence and grow up to be a
self-assured young woman like her mother Twinkle Khanna. He’s tough onthe surface but a real softie at heart alright.
SHAH RUKH KHAN
He reportedly once joked on Karan Johar’s show that he’d probably rip off the lips of the boy caught smooching his daughter Suhana. When her photos in swimwear were flashed on the social media, he urged his fans to respect her
privacy. Shah Rukh Khan, superstar and super entrepreneur is also super protective when it comes to his three children Aryan (20), Suhana (17) and AbRam (4). He’s also known to be a super young dad, liking nothing else than chatting with them late in the night, keeping abreast of all the cool gadgets, games, music and films they like, so that he can converse in their lingo. He was a hit at Aryan’s orientation at the University Of Southern California. He took time off to accompany Suhana to her college in London. And his bond with AbRam as they cheer together for Kolkata
Knight Riders makes us all go awww…
“I FIND MY CHILDREN MORE
MATURE THAN ME. I TELL THEM
THAT THEY’LL GROW OLD AND
I’LL HAVE NO ONE TO PLAY WITH
BECAUSE I’LL ALWAYS REMAIN
A CHILD. I LIVE MY CHILDHOOD
WITH MY KIDS”
– SHAH RUKH KHAN
Aamir Khan candidly confessed to not being a hands-on father preferring to give credit to first wife Reena and second wife Kiran Rao in the rearing up of his children Junaid, Ira and Azad. Maybe, because he’s such a perfectionist he spelt it out so honestly. We’re sure that’s not the case given his ‘perfect’ sense of commitment. In fact, reading out stories to lil’ Azad at bedtime is something he’s passionate about. Earlier, he had reportedly requested a half-day off during the shoot of Dhoom 3 as he wanted to be with daughter Ira on her birthday. He made sure his youngest Azad Rao Khan travelled with him on the set of Dangal and mock-wrestled with him during breaks. Elder son Junaid seems to have been following his footsteps, assisting Rajkumar Hirani on PK and organising cricket matches for the physically challenged. Of course, Aamir has supported him all the way.
‘It’s all about loving your family’ is the bedrock of Dharma Productions. And now that twins Yash and Roohi have come in his life through surrogacy, Karan Johar’s joy is complete. “I’ve submitted to the fact that my children are my world and priority. My work, travels and social commitments would have to take a back seat and I am prepared for that…,” he tweeted when they were born. He’s been flooded with visitors as well as heaps of advice ever since he’s brought them home. He even got best friend Gauri Khan to design a beautiful nursery for them. We’re sure Yash and Roohi are going to be the industry’s most pampered kids for a long time to come.
“I’VE SUBMITTED TO THE FACT THAT MY
CHILDREN ARE MY WORLD AND PRIORITY.
MY WORK, TRAVELS AND SOCIAL
COMMITMENTS WOULD HAVE
TO TAKE A BACK SEAT AND I AM
PREPARED FOR THAT…”
Emraan Hashmi was a super dad but when his four-year-old son, Ayan, was diagnosed with cancer, it changed his life forever. From taking him abroad for extensive treatment to rallying around him, cheering him up and staying positive himself… Emraan left no stone unturned till Ayan returned home in the pink of health.
He’s one of the toughest actors on screen but turns marshmallow when it comes to kids Nysa and Yug. He’s often mentioned in his interviews that fatherhood has matured him. That he wants to head home straight after pack-up just to be with his kids. He recently captioned a photo of him posing with his kids as the best birthday gift. He’s had a middleclass upbringing and has tried to inculcate those values in his children as well. He wants them to grow up as responsible human beings and not bratty star kids. He attended a charity event about the girl child with Nysa sometime ago as he believed it would open her eyes to the disparities of life. That’s surely a step in the right direction.
Hrithik’s Instagram account is a part dad-manual and part photo-journal where he records all the fun times he has with his sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan. Whether it’s photos of them doing push-ups together or skiing together or just plain goofing around in an amusement park, they make for great memories. He hasn’t let his divorce with Sussanne Khan sour his relationship with his kids, making sure to spend quality time together with them. He’s aware that they are going to grow up soon and be involved in their own universe. Hence one of his dad goals is to get as many cuddles and kisses before that. Sweet!
“BEING A FATHER IS YOUR BIGGEST AND MOST
REWARDING OPPORTUNITY TO BE A SUPERHERO.
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE AND NOT BY COMMANDING
OR ADMONISHING THEM, YOU CAN INSPIRE YOUR
CHILDREN. I’M CONSTANTLY EMPOWERING THEM.
THERE ARE A FEW THINGS, WHICH I MAKE SURE
BECOME A PART OF THEIR DAY – THAT IS LOOKING
FOR VICTORIES, WRITING THEM DOWN AT THE
END OF THE DAY SO THAT THEY ARE CONSTANTLY
GROWING AND DOING GOOD” – HRITHIK ROSHAN
Following a family tradition, going back to his grandfather the late Harivanshrai Bachchan’s days, Abhishek Bachchan writes letters to daughter Aaradhya the old-fashioned way. He still treasures the letters his dad, Amitabh Bachchan wrote to him when he was in school. Though Aaradhya is too young to read them now, he’s sure she’ll go up to cherish them later. He’s a father with a poet’s soul alright. He pampered his niece Navya Naveli Nanda and now he pampers his daughter, playing good cop to wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s disciplinarian act. He’s been a hands-on father throughout, reportedly reading up on everything related to babies before she was born and asking his parents and in-laws hazaar questions. On his 40th birthday, we saw a cute video of Aaradhya feeding him cake and the footage kind of won our hearts.
Sanjay Dutt has seen enough ups and downs in his life to make a rollercoaster blush. But one thing that has remained constant throughout is his love for his children. First daughter Trishala (from his first wife Richa Sharma) was the leading light of his life and now she’s joined by twins Shahraan and Iqra. Dutt sure is super protective about his kids – he once mentioned in a Filmfare interview that he didn’t want to see Trishala shake her butt on screen. The young girl has studied forensic science in the US. Watching him interacting with his younger children when he came out of jail made our hearts melt. He’s vowed to be a hands-on dad and wants to make up for the lost years, spending as much time with them as possible. The Dutt clan looks adorable when photographed together. He may have seen a lot of grief but in those pictures, his eyes have an unmistakable glow.
Imran mentioned in an interview that wife Avantika and he hardly slept during the first six months after daughter Imara was born. In fact, he went on a paternity leave just to be by his lil’ girl’s side. He added that he had lost his heart to her and couldn’t imagine living without her even for a day. He’s a nature lover so Imara gets to accompany him to his farmhouse in Karjat and make friends with the various dogs that he looks after at his animal shelter there. Following a family tradition, going back to his grandfather the late Harivanshrai Bachchan’s days, Abhishek Bachchan writes letters to daughter Aaradhya the old-fashioned way. He still treasures the letters his dad, Amitabh
Bachchan wrote to him when he was in school. Though Aaradhya is too young to read them now, he’s sure she’ll go up to cherish them later. He’s a father with a poet’s soul alright. He pampered his niece Navya Naveli Nanda and now he pampers his daughter, playing good cop to wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s disciplinarian act. He’s been a hands-on father throughout, reportedly reading up on everything related to babies before she was born and asking his parents and in-laws hazaar questions. On his 40th birthday, we saw a cute video of Aaradhya feeding him cake and the footage kind of won our hearts.
“I WANT TO INTRODUCE
IMARA TO STRONG
STORY BOOK HAS A
HERO. I DON’T WANT HER
TO GROW UP WITHOUT
IDENTIFYING WITH THE
– IMRAN KHAN