By Neelam Jain Last Updated:
We often come across celebrity love affairs, controversies, headlines, rumours and gossips which definitely shock us. But a crossway to their ‘love child secrets’ as a result of some long-forgotten fling is something that is not very common. Be it a legend, a big shot or a famous star; in Indian society, it is very difficult to openly admit to having a child without marrying their partner.
Let’s unveil the secret and clandestine tale of few of the famous personalities who defied the conventions and kept the industry buzzing with the related gossips and chit-chats. While some of these took the responsibility of their love child, others kept it a secret for decades.
If there was an award for making the best of the situation and this embarrassment, it must go to the bold actress Neena Gupta. It was during the 80s that the actress fell in love with West Indies ace cricketer Vivian Richards. Yes, the ‘Daddy Dear’ had a short-lived affair with Neena that stayed with her forever as Masaba Gupta. Neena raised her all alone as a single mother breaking all societal norms, facing the betrayal and fighting her emotions and stigma. Masaba Gupta is a famous as a well-known designer in Mumbai.
The Rock On actor, Purab Kohli never kept his illegitimate affair under the wraps and that he has a daughter out of wedlock. Of course like any other controversy and hullabaloo, he was subject to public opinion when he had an offspring with his British girlfriend Lucy Payton. They have named the girl Inaya Amelia who was born in 2015. He has recently tied the knots with Lucy on Feb 15, 2018.
When it comes to an unexpected pregnancy and child, here we have a big name involved. Aamir Khan aka Mr Perfectionist of Bollywood made all jaws drop when the news about his son named Jaan broke out. Yes, Aamir allegedly had a brief affair and a live-in relationship with a British journalist named Jessica Hines. As per the sources, he was shooting for his movie Ghulam when the incident happened. Initially, the mother of the child remained tight-lipped but later, she disclosed the name of the father. Reportedly, Aamir Khan’s father too has disliked him for not taking the responsibilities.
It was quite shocking to know that sitar maestro’s affair with New York-based concert producer Sue Jones led to a little bundle of joy named Norah Jones. It is known that his daughter from outside the wedlock remained isolated and only became friendly with him at the age of 18. Today she is in good terms with his step-sister Anoushka Shankar.
The Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar is the son of yesteryear actors Raj Babbar and Smitha Patil. Raj welcomed his child Prateik as a result of his extra-marital affair with Smitha Patil. However, Smitha breathed her last as she couldn’t survive cancer. But the past and the golden times live on in form of their love child. It is said that Babbar left his wife to be with Smitha. News whirled that Raj Babbar was never interested in giving his name to the child to which he later agreed.
Bollywood and Tollywood super famous stars Sarika and Kamal Haasan had a brief dalliance during the 1980s which led to a child named Shruti Haasan. Kamal was earlier married to classical dancer Vani Ganapathy. Unsure Sarika braved her way towards giving birth to the child without thinking about the betrayal and disgrace. However, the couple got officially married after Kamal Haasan separated from his first wife. Later Sarika and Kamal too got divorced. Now, the former-couple have another daughter named Akshara. Both the daughters are a part of the movie industry and establishing themselves as actresses.
These celebrities did not follow the traditional path and despite the stigma attached became the biological parents of kids without marriage. Besides handling the infidelity and humiliation, many of these stars managed to face the special challenge of raising the child all alone. Without co-parenting, these stars took the sole responsibility for all the aspects of bringing up the child.