15 Mar 2022 | 4 min Read
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For many people, surrogacy has opened the path to becoming parents. In Indian culture, surrogacy was not much talked about earlier, but it is slowly gaining acceptance. With movies that dealt with surrogacy like the latest Mimi, starring Kirti Sanon or Ayushman Khurrana starrer Vicky Donor, surrogacy is no longer taboo both in reel and real life.
It’s become common for Bollywood celebrities wanting kids, to opt for surrogacy. Here’s a look at some of them:
Shilpa Shetty did not want her son Viaan to grow up as a single child and hence wanted to have a second child. But she developed an autoimmune disease called APLA which prevented her from getting pregnant. She and her hubby Raj Kundra then welcomed their second child – a baby girl via surrogacy in 2020. They named her Samisha.
“I waited for nearly four years and then, I was so irritated and we decided to try the surrogacy route. We had Samisha after three attempts. I had honestly given up on the thought of another child,” she said in an interview with Pinkvilla.
Filmmaker and television producer, Ekta Kapoor, says she had stored her eggs years ago for when she would be ready to bring a child into the world. She welcomed her son Laksshaya via surrogacy in January 2019 and says it transformed her life. She had stored her eggs when she was 36, as she was not sure when and if she would ever get married.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan welcomed their third child Abram in 2013, via surrogacy. In multiple interviews, he has mentioned how much he loves spending time with his youngest child.
While their two older children, Aryan Khan and Suhana Khan were born via natural birth, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan choose surrogacy for their youngest child. Abram was born premature at 34 weeks but is a healthy, bright little boy today, and a splitting image of his famous father.
Famous Bollywood director, Karan Johar, who has launched many star kids opted to become a single parent. In February 2017, he welcomed twins Roohi Johar and Yash Johar through the surrogacy process. He made the announcement on social media after he finally had them home.
Karan has been enjoying parenthood since then and thanks to his mum for helping him co-parent his kids. He sure is one proud father as is evident from the videos and photos of his children he often posts on his social media handles.
After the birth of their son Nirvaan, who was then 10 years old, actor and director Sohail Khan and wife Seema Khan decided to go through surrogacy in India. They did try to conceive naturally but when it did not happen, their second son Yohan was born through surrogacy in June 2011.
Now separated, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao too had their son Azad via surrogacy in 2011. The actor and his former filmmaker wife were one of the first few celebrity couples after choreographer Farah Khan, who went public about their decision to have their child through IVF surrogacy.
Aamir Khan has two children Junaid and Ira from his previous marriage to Reena. He said in an interview “I am so humbled by the completeness Azad makes me feel.”
The dimple queen of Bollywood, Preity Zinta and her American businessman husband Gene Goodenough, welcomed their twins through surrogacy in November 2021. They had posted on social media to announce the good news.
The actress had tweeted to thank her fans, doctors, nurses and their surrogate who made it possible. Her twins are named Jai Zinta Goodenough and Gia Zinta Goodenough.
With time, surrogacy in India is getting popular among families. What are your thoughts on surrogacy?