Tusshar Kapoor, 39, recently made headlines after becoming a single parent to his son Laksshya, who was born last week, with the help of IVF and surrogacy.
After Bollywood couples Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao Khan, and Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, Kapoor is the most recent celebrity to use this option for embracing parenthood. Here Kapoor, son of actor Jeetendra and his producer wife Shobha, and younger brother of TV magnet Ekta Kapoor, talks about his apprehensions regarding single parenthood and the reactions of those around him. Excerpts:
How nervous were you when you met your son Laksshya for the first time?
The day before I met Laksshya, I was very anxious and couldn’t sleep the whole night. Did you deliberate much before deciding on IVF and surrogacy? Were your parents on board? I decided to go for IVF and surrogacy last year in June-July. I had met somebody who explained it to me and then I met people who had gone through the procedure. I took my time to think about it. I told my parents only after the IVF was successful. They have been very supportive of the decision since the beginning.
How are you preparing to take on the challenges of being a single parent?
I am taking life as it comes. I have always been very independent, so I am looking forward to the challenges that I will be facing as a single parent. And I am going to enjoy them as it is going to be an altogether different experience. I believe that life is a challenge and you should enjoy it.
What has been the reaction of your friends from the industry?
Everyone that I have worked with has been very supportive and happy for me. My parents and I have spent the last two days replying to congratulatory messages. This is something that my parents and I have been waiting for the past 40 years to happen. The best gift which Laksshya has received are the blessings and good wishes from my family and friends. Speaking about your career, you seem to be doing fewer films and mainly comedies. I have had two releases this year and this has been my average since the beginning. My next project will be Golmaal 4, which will release in 2017.