ON Monday, Tusshar Kapoor proudly announced the arrival of his son — Laksshya — born last week with the help of IVF and surrogacy. The actor said: “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.”
This announcement has brought Tusshar, who has been keeping a low profile, back in the news. By choosing to be a single parent, the 39-year-old, whose last release was Mastizaade, also shows a changing Bollywood. Film personalities are now making some rather unconventional choices and have no qualms in letting the world know. Nearly five years ago, actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao became the first Bollywood couple to announce the birth of their son, Azad, through surrogacy. AbRam, the youngest child of Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri, too was born in 2013 via surrogacy.
The birth of Laksshya seems to have brought much cheer in the Kapoor family. Tusshar, who debuted in 2001 with Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai, is the son of actor Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor and younger brother of television magnet Ekta Kapoor.
“We could not be more excited to be grandparents to Laksshya, and are completely supportive of Tusshar’s decision. This is certainly a tremendous blessing, and an exciting time in our lives. Tusshar is a wonderful son, and he has proven with responsibility, independence and kindness that he will be a great father to Laksshya,” said Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor.
Tusshar sought the help of Dr Firuza Parikh, Director of IVF and Genetics at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, to become a father. Parikh, who seems to be a favourite among Bollywood clients, led the treatment. “This procedure has become increasingly common and extremely streamlined. Contrary to certain rumours, this procedure has no more risks than the normal procedure and is becoming increasingly popular,” she said.
According to Parikh, the number of single men and women opting for parenthood is on the rise. The advances made in the reproductive treatment have come handy in realising these wishes. Since Tusshar is a public figure, “his brave and bold decision”, Parikh hopes, will open the field of assisted reproduction.
Film personalities like Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, Farah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh posted their congratulatory messages on social media. Johar tweeted: “Am so thrilled to hear this news. Huge congratulations and all my love. Bless the family with the best years ahead.” Genelia Deshmukh, who had her second son with Riteish, recently, tweeted: “Welcome to this magical world. So happy for you.”