Being a star kid has its pros and cons. When the subject of nepotism became a hot topic in Bollywood, everyone starting from the film fraternity to Indian cinema fans were talking about it. Some celebrities were even slammed for being given a silver spoon by their celebrity parents and not working their way up the ladder. But one can’t choose their family, can they? And so many current generation actors belong to film families and have seen the world of entertainment since they were practically born. While always being in the spotlight may have been agitating for some star children, those interested in showbiz took advantage of their famous parents (and who wouldn’t?) and followed in their footsteps, eventually making their film debuts one after another. Here is a list of actors that hail from film families and are not ashamed of it.
1) Shahid Kapoor
His father Pankaj Kapur and step-mother Supriya Pathak are both actors. Pankaj has starred in films such as Maqbool and Gandhi while Pathak was seen in Ram Leela but her claim to fame was the TV serial Khichadi.
2) Sonakshi Sinha
The Dabangg star’s father Shatrughan Sinha is one of the most popular actors in Indian cinema. He has starred in a bevy of yesteryear films including Kaala Patthar and Kalicharan. Sona’s mother, Poonam holds close to a dozen films to her credit and also played a cameo in Jodha Akbar. She is often heard taking advice from her star parents!
3) Varun Dhawan
He is the son of David Dhawan and will also be starring in the latter’s upcoming remake of Coolie No. 1. Previously, the father-son duo worked together in the 2014 comedy film Main Tera Hero. Varun has acted in several projects post his 2012 Bollywood debut Student of the Year.
4) Sonam Kapoor
Everyone knows she is the daughter of the famous Anil Kapoor. Daddy’s little girl is now one of the most sought-after and biggest fashionistas in Bollywood, having starred in versatile roles ranging from Saawariya to Neerja.
5) Alia Bhatt
Alia’s father Mahesh Bhatt is a director, producer and screenwriter while her mother Soni Razdan is an actor. BUT, according to the starlet she has never spoken to her parents about work projects. Alia will be seen in her father’s upcoming production Sadak 2.
7) Arjun Kapoor
He too forayed into showbiz the same year as Alia and Varun, in 2012. His father Boney Kapoor is a film producer.
8) Ranbir Kapoor
He has credit his entry into Indian cinema to his father Rishi Kapoor on multiple occasions. Rishi has been in the film industry since 1970, having delivered hit after hit starting with Bobby. While his son’s career trajectory has not been as impressive, Ranbir continues to make waves in B-town.
9) Abhishek Bachchan
The Refugee star hails from a typical filmy family. With his father being Amitabh Bachchan and mother Jaya Badhuri, Abhishek has seen the world of entertainment since he was a kid. However, Guru still remains one of his best performances to date.
10) Sanjay Dutt
Sunil Dutt, his father, was a popular yesteryear actor, starring in blockbusters like Waqt and Gumraah. Sanjay followed in his footsteps and became one of the biggest superstars in Bollywood with Rajkummar Hirani helming a biopic on his life, titled Sanju.
His father Arun Ahuja was a famous Bollywood actor who had a sour end to his career. After his big flop Aulad he quit showbiz. Govinda carried his name forward and became a household name in Bollywood, having worked with some of cinema’s finest actresses.
12) Tusshar Kapoor
He’s the son of Jeetendra, the dancing king of Bollywood. His father’s career lasted 50 years with 200 films to his credit. Tusshar, however, does not come close to Jeetendra’s talent and fan base.
13) Saif Ali Khan
Sharmila Tagore, his mother, is an Indian National Film award winner for her roles in Mausam and Abar Anaye. Saif has been in Bollywood for close to three decades and his daughter Sara Ali Khan will soon be seen in films. Meanwhile, he is also married to one of Bollywood’s greatest actresses – Kareena Kapoor Khan.
14) Salman Khan
One of the most eligible bachelors in B-town, we’re thankful to his father Salim Khan, for introducing him to Bollywood. Salim was both a director and screenwriter and Salman has often thanked him for being his ultimate mentor and role model. Like father, like son!
15) Aamir Khan
Not many know Aamir also belongs from a film background and his father Tahir Hussain was a film producer. While he became way more famous than his dad, Aamir enjoyed a close professional and personal relationship with Tahir.
16) Twinkle Khanna
Khanna, her father, was commonly known as the First Superstar of Bollywood. His talent and expertise were both unmatched. Twinkle entered showbiz with his help and later developed a fondness for writing.
17) Shraddha Kapoor
Shakti Kapoor is known for playing the anatgonist and starring in comedy projects. Shraddha, however, has done more girl-next-door films. Her father has always been a pillar of support for her, even recently when rumours surrounding her marriage broke the internet last month.
Shomu Mukherjee, her father, was a film writer and director in Bollywood and worked in seven films in a span of 22 years. Kajol was hands down one of the best actresses to come out of the Indian film industry and the most favourite of millennial kids.
19) Rani Mukerji
While the hullabaloo surrounding her name has died down now, Rani has delivered massive hits in her acting career. Ram Mukherjee, her father, was a film director and worked in six films in a span of 34 years. His last directed film was Raktanadir Dhara released in 1994.
20) Hrithik Roshan
Rakesh Roshan, his father, started off as an actor and later switched gears to directing. While Hrithik started off as a successful action star, he faced a major downfall in his career but rose back to fame with his recently released Super 30.
21) Kareena Kapoor Khan
She made her Bollywood debut opposite Abhishek in Refugee. Randhir Kapoor, her father, was a well-established actor at the time. Her sister Karisma Kapoor had also entered Bollywood way before her. However, Bebo became the most famous one in her family after multiple outstanding performances!
From some of the Khans of Bollywood to Kareena, Rani, Kajol and Alia – all actors took inspiration and advice from their celeb parents but nonetheless proved themselves in the film industry. The made a mark for themselves through stellar performances in their respective films and became household names in a short span of time.