Father’s Day Special: Bachelor Dads – Dads who have single-handedly brought up their kids

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Salman Khan had once mused that he would love to have had a baby but without the added burden of having a wife. In fact, some years ago, he even seriously thought of having a baby but unfortunately, society at that point, frowned at the idea of a dad bringing up a baby single-handedly. Today, things have changed. There are some special dads who have boldly taken the plunge to have a baby. To borrow Tusshar Kapoor’s term, these ‘Bachelor Dads’ are not only the nurturers, but these hero dads are also the sole caretakers of their kids. Presenting such hero dads…

Tusshar Kapoor: He had a baby boy through surrogacy on June 1, 2016, whom he lovingly named Laksshya Kapoor. Time and again, Tusshar has posted so many fun moments with Lakshya, teaching him a new skill every day – from trying out a water xylophone to doing ice-cube painting. No wonder he has been heralded as the new-age father who keeps posting parenting goals. So was having a baby via surrogacy easy? Tusshar honestly admits that it hasn’t been a cakewalk for him to make the decision of becoming a father via surrogacy and that he was immensely worried about the consequences of his decision. Tussar says, “There were lots of questions that came to my mind as well. For example, if people will accept it positively? Will there be too much of a shock? Will there be a backlash in the media because I was breaking cultural norms?” But he took the plunge and has never looked back ever. Lakshya today is a well-brought cute kid who is winning hearts along with his ‘bachelor dad’.

Tusshar incidentally, has also penned his entire journey, from thinking about becoming a father through surrogacy to holding his son, Laksshya, for the first time in a book. Tusshar says, “The book sheds light on all these queries and also chronicles how I decided to take the plunge and eventually found my true inner calling.” An excerpt from his note could be read assays: I WROTE A BOOK! Becoming a father has been one of the most cherished moments of my life and my first book, Bachelor Dad, talks about how I took a slightly unconventional road to fatherhood.”

Karan Johar is called the big daddy of Bollywood. Not only because this director-producer calls the shots in Tinsel Town and has launched many star kids in the industry but also because he has had his twins, son Yash Johar and daughter Roohi Johar via surrogacy. Karan always wanted to be a father. His memoirs, An Unsuitable Boy, however, spoke about his sexual orientation. Anyway, the filmmaker gave credit to the marvels of medical science and had his twins. Supposedly, close friend Farah Khan inspired him. She tweeted, “Glad u took my advice seriously @karanjohar Best thing to happen to you.. n theyll b the youngest people you hang out with so all’s good 😄.” Today, Karan says, “After so many years of being single, I realized I am so used to being the master of my day and night. I feel like I am only accountable to my two children and mum.”

Bollywood ace choreographer Sandip Soparrkar adopted his first child, Arjun at the age of 40. In fact, at that point, he had to face a long legal battle. But he won the battle and became the first single father to adopt in India. Recently he went on to adopt another child Kabir who is differently abled and has a hearing and speech disability. Now he’s become the first Indian to be a single father of two kids. Sandip says, “When I adopted Arjun, he was just a few months old. Arjun is a young man now, and I was longing to have another child. I am so glad that we have a new member in the family.”

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