Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, on Sunday, confirmed that he has become a father to twins – a boy and a girl – through surrogacy. The director, in a public statement, said that the son is named Yash, after his father Yash Johar, and his daughter is named Roohi, after his mother Hiroo Johar.
“This was an emotional yet well thought out decision which I have taken after considering all the responsibilities and duties that come with being a parent. In order to arrive at this decision, I have prepared myself mentally, physically, emotionally, and logistically to ensure that my children get all the unconditional love, care, and attention from me and mine,” he tweeted.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 5, 2017A D V E R T I S E M E N T
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the twins were delivered last month in the Masrani Hospital at Andheri, Mumbai. While Johar is yet to make a statement, the Mirror report was confirmed by a senior official from the BMC, the body responsible for issuing birth certificates.
Karan isn’t the only celebrity to have opted for children via surrogacy. Recently, actors Shahrukh Khan and Tusshar Kapoor had opted for a similar method for the birth of their respective children. Shahrukh and Gauri Khan’s son Abram was born in 2013 via a surrogate mother. Since then, the two have been vocal about the procedure.
Surrogacy is also controversial as the possibility of exploitation is high. Shah Rukh Khan said, “It should be regulated. When I was having my surrogate baby, I did a lot of study on it and realised that a lot of countries have regulated the procedure,” he said. He added that if the process helped those who wanted a child, then he is all for it. Commercial surrogacy has also been a way out of the poverty cycle for scores of women in India.
Echoing similar sentiments, Tusshar’s decision to be a single father and have a child via the IVF procedure, wasn’t a big deal he said, “I never plan anything in my life. I do believe in the institution of marriage but in today’s day and age, I don’t think it is a big deal. If it is in my destiny, I will get married. But I wanted to be a father first,” adding that he had been apprehensive about announcing the birth of his son, because of the stigma attached to single parenting.
Thus far, Aamir Khan, whose youngest son Azad was born through surrogacy using the IVF (in-vitro fertilization) technique, had said last year that he is ready to make a film on the procedure. Khan said he would make the film if the right script was brought to him.