Tinseltown is abuzz with the latest news about Sunny Leone adopting another pair of kids after having her first child through surrogacy. But like her, there are many Bollywood celebs who have opted for having children through In vitro fertilisation (IVF) or adoption process. Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor became the first single celebrity dad in India, after conceiving his son Laksshya through surrogacy. While these things are still taboo in India, the trend has been adopted famously by our celebrities to welcome their bundle of joy.
Although it’s still a very uncommon practice in our country, many celebrity couples opted for it despite being biological parents themselves. Here is a list of those 15 Indian celebrities who added their brood through IVF or adoption process:
1. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao – one son via surrogacy.
After having two kids, Junaid Khan and Ira Khan, with his previous wife Reena Dutta, actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan married filmmaker Kiran Rao in 2005. But after Kiran suffered a miscarriage due to uterine complications, the couple were left disheartened. Soon, they decided to opt for surrogacy and had a lovely baby son named Azad Rao Khan in 2011. The celeb couple became the face of surrogacy in India.
2. SRK and Gauri Khan – one son via surrogacy.
Soon after Aamir’s surrogate baby, another superstar Khan opted for surrogacy, despite being a father of two wonderful children, Aryan and Suhana. SRK and his wife Gauri Khan’s visit to an IVF clinic in south Mumbai had made it apparent that they planned on a third baby whom they named AbRam Khan. Born in May 2013, the kid soon became a social media star and the apple of every cameramen’s lens! If reports are to be believed, Gauri had been trying unsuccessfully for two years before giving surrogacy a go.
3. Tusshar Kapoor – one son via surrogacy.
On June 1, 2017, Tusshar Kapoor welcomed his first son Laksshya through surrogacy and had announced it on Twitter and Instagram later. He said: “I proudly announce the arrival of my son, a baby boy, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now”. Tusshar always wanted to adopt a child, but on the suggestion of director Prakash Jha, he went in for surrogacy.
I proudly announce the arrival of my son, a baby boy, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. The baby, Laksshya, is in excellent health. I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life. By the greatness of God and the excellent medical team at Jaslok, parenthood is an option for many, who choose to be single parents. Thanks to you all for your blessings & good wishes! 💙🙏🏻💝
4. Farah Khan – mother of triplets via IVF.
The filmmaker-choreographer married an editor-filmmaker who was much younger to her, but today, Farah is the proud mother of three wonderful twins. Due to the age difference, Farah who was in her 40s, wasn’t able to get pregnant naturally. On February 11, 2008, the couple was blessed with triplets Diva, Anya and Czar Kunder, after she underwent years of assisted procedures under IVF to conceive. Today, Bollywood’s ace choreographer suggests this procedure to many other women who are not able to conceive naturally.
5. Sohail Khan and Seema Khan – one son via surrogacy.
Actor and director Sohail Khan was blessed with a son Nirvaan with his beautiful wife Seema Khan. But reports suggest that when Salman Khan’s younger brother Sohail Khan wanted a second child, Seema refused to conceive naturally after ten years of the birth of their first child. In June 2011, they had Yohan Khan, after Seema opted for surrogacy. Sohail got married to Seema in 1998.
6. Karan Johar – single father of twins via surrogacy.
On February 7, 2017, it was a big moment for noted filmmaker Karan Johar, who became a proud single parent of twins, Roohi and Yash, via surrogacy. He announced this big news on social media and said that his kids are now his topmost priority. He had penned a moving note sharing his experience of knowing his kids were born two months premature. Here’s the first picture of the twins which KJo shared on his Instagram handle:
7. Sushmita Sen – adopted two beautiful girls.
This Miss Universe adopted Renee as her first daughter after fighting a long legal battle. Today, Renee is a diva in the making just like her mother and the teenager exudes the same confidence. She was one of the first Indian celebs who adopted a child without marriage. After proving to the world that she was a wonderful mother, Sushmita went ahead and adopted her second child Alisah. She is now a proud mother of these two beautiful daughters.
8. Sunny Leone – three children via IVF and adoption.
Actress Sunny Leone and her dashing husband Daniel Weber made headlines last July when they became parents via adoption with their first daughter Nisha Kaur Weber. While the three looked like a complete family, Sunny and Daniel surprised their fans by having two more kids, this time, twin sons via surrogacy. In 2018, they became proud parents to Asher and Noah and exclaimed their excitement on Instagram:
10. Raveena Tandon – adopted two girls.
The ‘mast‘ girl adopted two girls at a very young age of 21 years as a single mother in 1995 (they were 11 and 8 years old, respectively). At a time when leading heroines in Hindi cinema didn’t get married or have children for the sake of their flourishing careers, Raveena Tandon adopted two daughters and named them Pooja and Chhaya. While Pooja is married, Chhaya works as a wedding event manager. Raveena is also a full time mother of her biological children Ranbirvardhan Thadani and Rasha with husband film distributor Anil Thadani.
11. Mithun Chakraborty – adopted a daughter.
Yesteryear’s famous dance master Mithun Chakraborty who married Yogeeta Bali in 1979, already had three sons, Mahaakshay, Namashi and Ushmey, when the star parents adopted Dishani Chakraborty. Dishani was found lying in the garbage bin, when Mithun spotted her and since then is the most pampered among the four and the apple of everyone’s eye. She is often spotted accompanying her parents at family and film functions.
12. Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee – adopted two girls.
This celebrity TV couple played the roles of Siya-Ram on-screen and soon became real-life couple as well. Handsome hunk Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonerjee surprised their fans when they adopted two girls Pooja and Lata from a small village of Bihar in 2017. They met the girls in 2014, while attending a family wedding.
13. Neelam Kothari and Samir Soni – adopted a girl.
Former Bollywood actress and now socialite Neelam Kothari married famous TV actor Samir Soni in 2011. The celeb couple adopted a daughter two years after their marriage and named her Ahana. Neelam had always wanted to start a family of her own, and adopted Ahana when she was 6-7 months old.
14. Jay Bhanushali and Mahhi Vij – adopted two children.
Laagi Tujhse Lagan fame actress Mahhi Vij and her husband, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil fame actor, Jay Bhanushali, are the cutest couple of Indian television. After giving everyone serious couple goals, the couple took everyone by surprise after adopting their caretaker’s children in 2017! Commenting on the adoption, Mahhi said: “A lot of people keep asking my friends if they are our kids because we feel that they are our kids. Kids are adorable, Jay and I love them”.
15. Salim Khan – adopted a daughter.
The celebrity writer and father of Salman, Salim Khan broke all norms with the unconventional adoption trend among celebrities, much before it started. He successfully raised his adopted daughter Arpita Khan, along with his four other children Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail, and Alvira. Everyone in their family accepted Arpita and she has become a prominent member of the Khan-daan!
Well, if you are adopted or not, you know that it can be tough to piece your own story together. But you’ll be lucky if you find a loving home and a loving family forever.