Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has become the single parent of twins — a girl and a boy— born through surrogacy last month.
The director-producer wasn’t in the city to confirm the news, but civic officials said the births were registered with its public health department.
The twins were born at Masrani Hospital in Andheri (West) on February 7. However, Johar hasn’t yet informed the BMC about the names of his children. A high-ranking BMC official said the children were registered in their birth record as a “baby girl” and “baby boy”. Johar’s close friend actor Shah Rukh Khan’s third baby, AbRam, too, was born in the same hospital to a surrogate mother.
Civic officials said the birth registration details listed Johar as the children’s father, but there is no mention of the mother’s name.
The BMC has taken the declaration of Dr Masrani and his infertility clinic about the birth.
In June 2016, actor Tusshar Kapoor had announced the birth of his son, Laksshya, through in-vitro fertilisation and surrogacy.
However, this prompted the Centre to frame guidelines for the surrogacy segment of infertility treatment. The draft bill bans commercial surrogacy, prohibiting any payment for women taking up surrogacy. It also bans surrogacy for singles, foreigners and persons of Indian origin. Union health minister J P Nadda introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill in the Lok Sabha in November 2016.
In January, the Rajya Sabha chairman referred the bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health and asked it to submit its report within three months.
In his recently released autobiography, ‘An Unsuitable Boy’, Karan Johar had expressed a desire to adopt a child or have a surrogate child as his old-age insurance policy.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do about it but I feel like I would like to be a parent. I don’t know how it’s going to happen but I do feel the need because I have plenty of love to offer and I’d like to take it forward. This feeling needs a release and requires a platform. And that platform could be by being a parent,” he had said during the release of his book. In June 2013, Shah Rukh Khan’s third child was born with the help of a surrogate mother at the same hospital.