Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar announced that he had become father to twins – a boy and a girl – through surrogacy.
Introducing the children as Roohi and Yash, director-producer Mr. Johar in a statement he tweeted said the children were the “two most wonderful additions to my life and lifelines”.
The children were born on February 7 in Mumbai’s Masrani Hospital where Shah Rukh Khan’s third child AbRam was delivered also by a surrogate mother, according to media reports.
“This was an emotional yet a well thought out decision which I have taken after considering all the responsibilities and duties that come with being a parent,” Mr Johar has said.
Mr Johar, 44, said he has prepared himself “mentally, physically and logistically” to ensure that children get all the unconditional love, care and attention. “I have submitted to the fact that my children are my world and priority,” he added.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 5, 2017
The boy has been named after Mr Johar’s father Yash Johar, one of the most celebrated filmmakers of Bollywood, who died in 2004. Mr Johar said his “most caring and supportive” mother will be an integral part of the children’s upbringing along with “friends who are family”.
The filmmaker who has delivered some of the biggest Bollywood hits such as ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and more recently ‘My Name is Khan’ and last year’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has said that his work will have to take a backseat. “My work, travels and social commitments would have to take a back seat and I am prepared for that.”
Mr Johar first made public his intention of being a parent in his recently released memoir titled “The Unsuitable Boy”.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do about it but I feel like I would like to be a parent,” Mr Johar writes in the book, adding, “I don’t know how it’s going to happen but I do feel the need because I have plenty of love to offer and I’d like to take it forward.”
Thanking the mother, Mr Johar has said he is “eternally grateful to the surrogate who has fulfilled my lifelong dream”. Another mention in Mr Johar’s statement is of their doctor. “A big thank you to Dr Jatin Shah for his support and guidance, and for being a family member through this wonderful and exciting journey.