“Beta aapke Papa kya karte hain,” is a question most of us have been asked ever since we stepped in school. It is only the sons and daughters of famous people who are not asked this quintessential thing. Like for instance, people like Sara Ali Khan, Jahnvi Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and the likes. (Nepotism ki jai ho)
Do you, by any chance, know what was the profession of Shah Rukh Khan‘s father? He is, after all, a self-made actor, with no father or grandfather in the filmmaking business. For the uninitiated, Shah Rukh Khan’s father, Late Taj Mohammed Khan, was an Indian Independence activist in Peshawar many decades ago.
It is, but, just a perception that ‘Actor ka beta actor banega and businessman ka beta businessman banega’. Who would have thought that the drop dead gorgeous and fitness icon Disha Patani‘s father Jagdeesh Singh Pataniis a DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) in the Uttar Pradesh Police Department.
The hottest ‘it’ boy of Mumbai, Kartik Aaryan, who is at the peak of his career, is the son of two doctors. His father, Manish Tiwari, is a paediatrician and mother, Mala Tiwari, is a gynaecologist. Kartik was, needless to say, expected to study hard and make it big in the field of science. The actor pursued engineering in a Mumbai college and would bunk classes daily to audition for different roles. He got the courage to speak to his parents about a desire for acting, only after signing his first film ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnaama’ when he was in his third year.
Kartik Aaryan’s co-star in ‘Luka Chuppi’ Kriti Sanon hails from a well-educated family. Her father, Rahul Sanon, is a Chartered Accountant by profession and her mother, Geeta Sanon, is a professor at the University of Delhi.
Talking of doctors and well-educated families, it was no less than a shock for netizens to know that Radhika Apte is the daughter of two doctors. Radhika Apte was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, where both her parents were studying as well as working as Doctors at the Christian Medical College and hospital. Her father, Dr. Charudutt Apte, is a neurosurgeon and chairman of Sahyadri Hospital, Pune.
Sidharth Malhotra is a Delhi boy and has studied in Delhi University’s ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh College’. He began modelling at the age of 18, and a few years later, not so satisfied with his career, he decided to act in films. Who would have thought that his father Sunil Malhotra is a retired captain in the Merchant Navy.
Ayushmann Khurrana was once a VJ. Years later, he debuted in films with Vicky Donor and has not looked back ever since. A native of Chandigarh, Ayushmann is the son of P. Khurrana — a famous Astrologer and Numerologist in Chandigarh. Now we know the reason behind the specific spelling of his name.
Not many know that the R in the name of R Madhavan is the name of his father. Madhavan’s father Ranganathan Madhavan was a management executive in Tata Steel and his mother, Saroja was a manager in the Bank of India. His younger sister, Devika, is a software engineer. Now, that makes Madhavan a cute chocolate boy who’s got intelligence too by his side.
It is not always that one’s profession has to be a shadow of their parents’ career choices. Vidya Balan’s father P R Balan works as the Executive Vice-President of Digicable, an Indian cable distribution company.
Swara Bhaskar is also a Delhi girl who’s made it big in the film industry. Her father retired naval Commodore Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar is one of India’s leading strategic thinkers and her mother Ira Bhaskar is a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
So much for the genes and DNA and blah blah and blah. The truth is — You must follow your dreams and let your dreams drive your ambition and profession, despite what the world thinks and what your family wants. These actors fought all odds to be where they are.