Filmmaker and Dharma Productions honcho Karan Johar has become the proud father to a pair of twins — a girl and a boy.
The twins were reportedly born via a surrogate in February 2017.
The Times of India has stated that officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation confirmed that the babies' birth had been registered with them on Friday, 3 March 2017.
The twins are believed to have been delivered at the Masrani Hospital in Andheri. A Mumbai Mirror report stated that Johar had named his son Yash (after his father) and daughter, Roohi (a re-arrangement of his mother Hiroo's name).
On Sunday, 5 March 2017, Johar issued a statement that read:
“I am ecstatic to share with you all the two most wonderful additions to my life, my children and lifelines; Roohi and Yash. I feel enormously blessed to be a parent to these pieces of my heart who were welcomed into this world with the help of the marvels of medical science.
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. I have submitted to the fact that my children are my world and priority. My work, travels and social commitments would have to take a back seat and I am prepared for that. By the grace of God, I have the most caring and supportive mother who will be an integral part in the up-bringing of her grandchildren and of course, friends who are family.
I am eternally grateful to the surrogate who has fulfilled my lifelong dream and provided a warm, loving and nurturing environment to my children before bringing them into this world. She will always remain in my prayers.
Finally, a big thank you to Dr Jatin Shah for his guidance and support and for being like a family member through this wonderful and exciting journey."
Johar is not the only celebrity in Bollywood to be a single father via surrogacy. In 2016, Tusshar Kapoor too had a son, Lakshya, via IVF.
Other celebrities to have had children through IVF surrogacy include Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao and Shah Rukh Khan-Gauri Khan.
In his recently published autobiography, An Unsuitable Boy, Johar had laid to rest all speculations concerning his sexuality and also expressed the wish to be a father someday. (Read about it here.)
Published Date: Mar 05, 2017 01:13 am | Updated Date: Mar 05, 2017 09:27 am