Kiran Rao gets candid about surrogacy


Azad Rao Khan is a blessing to Kiran Rao and her husband Aamir Khan. The one and a half year old Azad was born through surrogacy. This celebrity couple has inspired another celebrity couple Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan to have their third child through surrogacy. Recently Shahrukh and Gauri were in controversy for determining the sex of their unborn child, which is an illegal practice in the country.

Recently Kiran Rao was asked about her experience regarding surrogacy and motherhood. Here are the excerpts:

Surrogacy is still considered taboo in India. Kiran gave her suggestions on surrogacy. She said, “I feel surrogacy is an option for people who cannot have a child by other methods. If done ethically and if done well, it’s a viable alternative for people like me who can’t have a baby. In fact, it’s probably the only way we could have had Azad. I’m very grateful that we could have the option of surrogacy. Having said that, it’s a tricky question. I feel it needs to be done very sensitively and ethically so that the process is not misused and all parties who are involved are taken care of properly.”

When asked that in surrogacy people try to exercise sex determination, she slammed, “It should not arise as it’s illegal in our country. There is no reason actually why should anyone want to know the sex of their unborn baby?”

Other than her movies, motherhood is keeping Kiran occupied. About her little son, she said, “Azad’s good. He’s growing up fast. I’m really soaking up all the time I’m getting with him. I’m enjoying seeing the changes in him. Everyday there is something new and something beautiful to enjoy with him. We have got a dog now which he’s very fond of. He is very fond of dogs and cats in general, but especially ‘bow-bows’ as he calls them. Anytime he sees a dog, he wants to touch it and hug it. In our case, it’s a little difficult because Imli (their pup) is very small. So I get a little scared that he might end up hurting her but he loves her. It’s very cute when they run after each other.”

Kiran was asked about personal life and professional life balance in context to her son. She said, “You always miss your baby. It’s difficult. But you also miss your work. So I miss working. It’s a balance that you have to strike. He is very fond of me. He’s quite clingy. But now he has started going to Montessori. He is getting used to the fact that I have to go to work.”

When asked if they would be planning another kid, she said she was indecisive.


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