Star Kids: The Future of Bollywood?
BY Ayesha Babar
What do Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhavan and Salman Khan have in common? They all happened to be what are called ‘star kids’ in the language of Bollywood. All of these celebs and many more like them have grown up in celebrity families, mingling with the biggest names in the industry from the time they first opened their eyes.
The sheer clout that these young and old actors have in the filmmaking circles has sparked a huge debate on nepotism in Bollywood. Bollywood is increasingly being seen as a closed-door clique, which you can enter only through connections, making it extremely difficult for so-called ‘outsiders’ to flourish in. While there are exceptions, the most note-worthy of course being Shah Rukh Khan, the industry overwhelmingly seems to prefer those from its own kin. Industry insiders defend this phenomenon by saying that regardless of the ease of entry, these star kids still have to prove themselves like any other actor or actress.
While the debate will not be settled anytime soon, we bring to you celebrity kids that are already making the news!
If your father is one of the biggest stars in the world, let alone, India, it must be hard to avoid the limelight. Aryan is Shah Rukh Khan’s eldest son, born in 1997. The young lad, who seems to have the perfect mix of his parents’ good looks, has just graduated from school in London and will be heading to the US soon to start university. While there have been rumours doing the rounds that Aryan, who had a tiny role playing his dad’s toddler version in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, will be launched by godfather Karan Johar, soon, it seems that the only thing on Aryan’s mind right now is his education. We can see the influence of dad already, as he has always espoused the importance of academics and education.
Navya Naveli Nanda
Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter had a relatively low-profile childhood as she spent most of her time in Delhi where mum, Shweta Bachchan Nanda moved to after getting married. However the young girl was recently ‘introduced’ to society at the very exclusive ‘Debutante Ball’ and since then there has been a lot of interest around her, especially on social media. Navya, who attended the same school as Aryan Khan, often shares photos on her Instagram profile where she has been garnering a sizeable fan following. We wonder if the tall, dusky beauty will make a foray into Bollywood like the maternal grandparents and uncle, or is more inclined towards managing her father’s sprawling business in Delhi.
Jhaanvi and Khushi Kapoor
Ever since the legendary South Indian beauty, Sridevi, made a comeback into films, with English Vinglish, her daughters have often been spotted on the red carpet with her. Whether it is film premieres or Diwali parties, Jhaanvi and Khushi Kapoor (half-sisters of Arjun Kapoor) are frequently seen with their mom. With model-like physiques and such strong acting genes, we wouldn’t be surprised if Jhaanvi (and eventually Khushi too) makes her Bollywood debut sometime soon!
Ibrahim Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan’s son from first wife, Amrita Singh, has grown up to be a
dashing young man. Taking after his handsome father, Ibrahim looks all set to be a movie star already. He seems to have a particular fondness for Shah Rukh Khan’s dialogues though, and many of his ‘dub smashes’ have gone viral, with Shah Rukh himself also sharing a couple on twitter. Ibrahim definitely seems to be the most confident out of the lot. While elder sister, Sara, is more academically inclined and studying at Columbia University, Ibrahim has been in Mumbai living with his mom, Amrita Singh. He also shares a friendly camaraderie with step-mom, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and has been spotted holidaying with Saif and Bebo a few times. We’re waiting on tenterhooks to see when and how Ibrahim’s Bollywood career is launched!
Aarav Bhatia (Kumar)
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s son, Aarav, had shied away from the limelight till quite recently but now appears to be more comfortable being in the spotlight. From attending his mother’s book launch, to walking the red carpet with his dad, it seems that Aarav is
all set to brace the attention that comes with being the son of one of the biggest box office draws in the industry. Neither the parents nor the boy himself have ever mentioned a desire for the young Bhatia to be a part of Bollywood, but with movie star looks and a fully cinematic lineage (he is the grandson of Bollywood’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna) it is not difficult to see him as one of the rising starts of the future.
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