01022019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/31/2019 8:36 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE NEVER GOOD AT ACADEMICS National Awardwinning actor Akshay Kumar says he was never good at academics, but with his hard work and parents’ blessings, he managed pretty well. IANS Step down Actor Ben Affleck has stepped down from Matt Reeves’ directorial The Batman. Affleck had earlier played Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. IANS LUDHIANA | FRIDAY | 1 FEBRUARY 2019 Ekta Kapoor with her nepher Laksshya DANIEL WEBER AND SUNNY LEONE No kidding! H Manpriya Singh OW one chooses to have a family is as personal a decision as choice of having a family itself; unless, of course, law steps in. For the protection of traditional concept of family, prevention of commercialisation of childbearing, and protection of emotional experience that involves both parent and child. With TV czarina Ekta Kapoor being the latest B-town citizen to have opted for parenthood via surrogacy, all the social issues to do with the unconventional (or shall we say modern) method of raising a family, stick their heads right out. Whichever direction the debate steers, congratulations to the new mommy of a baby boy are in order! As Ekta Kapoor is the latest B-town celeb to become a mother through surrogacy, we wonder whether it is the new-age trend that will define modern family in India NEW-AGE TREND Everyone has the right to become a parent and how you become one is a personal choice. Adoption is a completely different entity. A lot of times parents want to ensure that their genes are retained. If we go by the science of how a child is born than once the zygote is formed, the basic structure and the chromosomes are the same. A lot of times youngsters want to have a child, but at the same time don’t want the liabilities of a marriage or several such reasons. Although not very popular as of now, in times to come this method of becoming a parent will gain ground. — Dr Param Preet Ghuman, former SMO, Kharar WRONG PRECEDENT Surrogacy is fine as long as it involves inability to have children due to some medical issues. However, the trend of celebrities going for it underlines such a sacred and emotional process being in danger of commercialisation. Secondly, surrogacy would require emotional costs that have to be borne by the mother as well as by the child born out of it. Lastly, it would spell a death knell for the traditional concept of family the image of which has always remained with us. Emotionally, surrogacy may be satisfying, but adoption is one way in which we can better help abandoned and orphaned children by giving them a home. — Professor Kumool Abbi, chairperson, Department of Sociology, PU IN THE SURROGACY LANE How much does Bollywood love formulas; so much so that anything tried and tested will be retried, even if that’s a blueprint for choice of parenthood! AAMIR KHAN & KIRAN RAO The first ones to have popularly jumped the bandwagon were Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, who after a long wait and a miscarriage, decided to opt for IVF and had their son Azad through surrogacy. Back in 2011, the couple was open about their choice of child-birth, which was rare at the time. SRK with his son Abram Aamir Khan and Azad SHAH RUKH & GAURI KHAN In 2013, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan became proud parents to a baby boy, Abram, who was born through surrogacy. Abram reportedly spent first seven weeks in the hospital after being born prematurely at 34 weeks and 1.5 kilos. At the time, the matter, which Shah Rukh Khan said, “too private and confidential,” became a victim of public attention with reports of the star having done a test determination case appearing every other day. Celine Dion biopic in works The Power of Love, a music-filled film about Canadian singer Celine Dion, is in works. French studio Gaumont’s film is slated for 2020 release. The Power of Love is the latest project to tell the story of a celebrity singer, following smash hit Bohemian Rhapsody, about the late Freddie Mercury, and upcoming Rocket Man, about Elton John”. The Power of Love will boast some of Dion’s biggest hits such as All by myself, My heart will go on and I’m alive. She and her record company authorised the project and gave rights to her songs. The film will be directed by Valerie Lemercier, who will also star as Dion. and single parents from opting for surrogacy, is in place, the ones to have recently become a parent through this method are: Karan Johar and his mother with kids, Yash and Roohi TUSSHAR KAPOOR In 2016, actor Tusshar Kapoor surprised everyone with the news of his becoming a father to baby boy, Lakshya Kapoor, through surrogacy. At the time, grandparents Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor, supported their son with his decision by saying, “they couldn’t be more excited by the news and how they totally supported his son.” It was not just his parents, but even social media that out-and-out supported the actor. Even though Tusshar once admitted in an interview as to how his parents were initially, “a little apprehensive of his decision.” KARAN JOHAR Unless somebody is living under a rock, otherwise Yash and Roohi Johar are a household name and so is the fact that Bollywood’s darling Karan Johar’s twins were born via surrogacy in 2017. SUNNY LEONE & DANIEL WEBER One doesn’t really expect traditional choices from Sunny Leone and husband Daniel Weber. The B-town actor, after first adopting a baby girl Nisha Kaur Weber, decided to once again become a mother with husband Daniel Weber via surrogacy. Tusshar Kapoor with Laksshya RECENT CLUB Till the proposed law, that will literally bar all unmarried couples c m y b Real take The Power of Love chronicles Dion’s life from her birth, her modest upbringing in Quebec in the 1960s to her extraordinary rise to fame as a teenager. —IANS
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