Celebrities and their love child
Having a love child out of an adulterous relationship or outside wedlock is not so uncommon among celebrities in the West. However, India being a largely conservative society, such a thing is not easily acceptable. But there are a few celebrities who have defied conventions and have boldly admitted to having kids out of wedlock, and others who are alleged to have had a love child, which may or may not be true. Following are some well-known personalities who have children born outside wedlock.
Purab Kohli: The ‘Rock On!!’ actor has a daughter with is British girlfriend Lucy Payton, who was born last year. The couple, who are yet to be married, have named their baby Inaya Amelia. Purab and Lucy are engaged, but Lucy became pregnant before they got married. Hence, the duo decided to wait till the baby was born and was old enough to attend their wedding. They didn’t want their child to feel that they hurried their marriage because of her.
Kamal Haasan and Sarika: The light-eyed Bollywood beauty and Tamil superstar making big in Hindi cinema – Sarika and Kamal Haasan began a relationship in the mid-1980s, when the latter was married to classical dancer Vani Ganapathy. Along the way, Sarika became pregnant, and although she was ambivalent, she went ahead and gave birth to their love child, Shruti Haasan, who is now an extablished actress herself. Kamal Haasan and Sarika, eventually got married after the actor obtained divorce from his first wife, but again separated after some years. The ex-couple also have another daughter Akshara who is also into films.
Neena Gupta: Just like Sarika, Neena Gupta also made the bold decision of giving birth to her love child, born of her relationship with legendary West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian Richards during the 1980s. The cricketer was already married when he had a relationship with the actress, and didn’t want to leave his family. So, the duo never married. Neena brought up their daughter Masaba, who is now a well-known fashion designer, as a single mother. But Masaba was never deprived of her father’s love and she is in touch with her father and visits him whenever she gets the opportunity.
Pandit Ravi Shankar: The late sitar maestro had a colourful personal life. He was married twice, and in between, had relationships with musician-dancer Kamala Shastri and Sue Jones. Multiple Grammy Award winning Jazz singer Norah Jones was born of the sitarist’s relationship with New York-based concert producer Sue Jones. Norah, born Geetali Norah Shankar, had remained estranged from her father for most of her life, and reunited with him only at the age of 18. Renowned sitar player Anoushka Shanker is her half-sister and daughter of Pt. Ravi Shankar and his second wife Sukanya Rajan, and ever since the sisters got to know each other, they became very close.
Padma Lakshmi: Indian-born American model-actress, author and TV presenter Padma Lakshmi’s six-year-old daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi is a love child. The girl was born out of the ‘Top Chef’ host’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend Adam Dell. Padma admitted that the news of her pregnancy came as a shock to her because she didn’t know who the father of her child was. Padma was dating two men at a time - Teddy Forstmann, the late chairman and CEO of IMG, and Adam Dell, brother of computer company Dell Inc founder Michael. A paternity test conducted later, established Adam to be Krishna’s biological father and his surname was added to the girl’s name.
Smita Patil and Raj Babbar: The actor-turned-politician, who was already married with kids, fell in love with Smita Patil while they were working together for a movie. Raj left his family to be with Smita and Prateik was born to them. But sadly, Smita developed complications and died within two weeks of giving birth to Prateik. Raj went back to his wife Nadira and Prateik was raised by his maternal grandparents and aunts. The ‘Dhobi Ghat’ actor remains estranged from his father and half-siblings, but he sometimes does ponder over his parents’ relationship. In an interview, Prateik had said, “My parents’ relationship always was a source of confusion. Why were things like this? If mom had just lived longer and dad would have spent more time with me…things could have been, actually, would have been, different."