5 Bollywood Big Shots Brought Up By Single Moms

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We think them larger than life, but the reality was equally harsh for them too. Our Indian super celebrity stars have also endured a lot while reaching where they’re today.

1. Shahrukh Khan


On the list we’ve the king of Bollywood whose childhood was not so beautiful as today his rulings are. Yes, we all know Shahrukh Khan, also popularly known as SRK, being an inspiration and heartbeats of many. However, many of us aren’t aware that the luminary was alone brought up by his mom, Lateef Fatima Khan.

Shahrukh lost his father at the age of 15; since then the Lady was alone responsible for upbringing this sophisticated superstar, of what he is today. While bringing up SRK in the locality of Rajendra Nagar area in Delhi and managing the expense for educating him in the renowned St. Columba’s School, his mother surely had faced many vulnerabilities of life. His childhood achievements, like an annual award of ‘Sword of Honour’ for the student representing the fortitude of school, and later on, a shield for graduates who had surpassed in their lives and careers, show the contribution and devotion of his mother in his success. After a long illness, his mother passed away in 1990. This impacted Khan relentlessly; however he still believes that they’re the biggest inspiration for him to do more and more hard work. After his statue was positioned in Madame Tussaud’s museum in 2007,  he said that it was her mother’s wish to see him there someday, which had now come true.

2. Shahid Kapoor


The hottest hunk of B’Town – Shahid Kapoor, needs no introduction because of his looks and controversies, both. We often get to know the ups and down about his relationship with his mom. However, it’s quite pleasant to hear that recently he has gifted her a 3 BHK apartment in Versova, Mumbai. Neelima Azeem took divorce from the famous actor Pankaj Kapoor, when Shahid was just 3 years old. Later on, she married Rajesh Kattar and had a son with him, named Ishaan Khattar. But the relationship somehow didn’t work well and lead to divorce again. She then married Raza Ali Khan, but unfortunately the news for their separation is still in the buzz. All these occurrences of her life show a great dilemma and obscurities, while bringing up her children. Though, Shahid still maintains a snug relationship with his dad and step mom Supriya Pathak. Here, the credit might be given to her mother Neelima’s rearing.

Neelima was a talented actor, and was seen in many yesteryear movies, like ‘Sadak’ opposite dipak tijori, and various TV serials on DD National. She had also learned classical dance ‘Kathak’ from Birju Maharaj and Munna Shukla, and have given many outstanding performances on stage too. Throughout Shahid’s success or downfall, her mother has always been there and thus proved to be a successful mother of a successful celebrity child.

3. Konkona Sen Sharma


Here the duo itself is so amazing that can’t be talked about in just one article. Our famous and most talented actress Konkona Sen Sharma is the daughter of Aparna Sen (an actor and film director) and Mukul Sharma (science writer and press officer). It seems like the entire family is full of talent and versatility. No, we’re not going to list all of Konkona’s awards here. But yes, winning a National film award for the best actor female in the year 2003 for ‘Mr and Mrs Iyer’ , the supporting actor female award for the movie ‘Omkara’ , and definitely many of her other awards demonstrate her inherent talent grasped from her mom. Similarly, we also can’t overlook Aparna Sen’s manifold talent  as a critically applauded Bengali Indian filmmaker, actor and script writer. Although, this successful lady who won eight international film festival awards and three National Awards, had tied the marital knot thrice.

Aparna Sen was quite young when she got first married with Sanjay Sen, and then divorced. Then Mukul Sharma, a science writer and journalist, came into her life that again didn’t turn out to be good. At present, she has wedded Kalyan Ray, a capable author and lecturer of English at County College of Morris in Randolph, in the United States. Aparna’s sustenance and guidance through her endowments and experiences have given our country a bouquet of talent again, in the form of her daughter Konkona.

4. Farhan Akhtar


Well now we’ve the multi-talented and witty, and an ideal son Farhan Akhtar here. What more one could ask for…..an individual with multiple traits as a director, producer, screenwriter, actor, lyricist, playback singer and small screen host. Gosh! How one manages to do it all?

Do you know, this super hot and gifted star was a college drop out? This son of the screenwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, had also worked as an assistant director in ‘Lamhe’ and ‘Himalayputra’. Well all this wouldn’t have been possible surely, if his mother wasn’t there to assist and show him the right path, just after he dropped out his college. In an interview he mentioned that how his mother became a stimulus after he dropped his college and was sitting at home. She scared him to leave the house and thus made him realize his responsibilities and made him join the work as assistant cinematographer to Manmohan Singh, for the film Lamhe.

Honey Irani has also been associated with Bollywood since her childhood as a child artist, in the movies like ‘Bombay Ka Chor Chirag’ and ‘Kahaan Roshni Kahaan’. With her some more incredible works, she too had proved her talent many times. Even after divorcing Javed Akhtar, the lady managed all alone to give her children Farhan and Zoya, all what they required.

5. Shruti Haasan


This tantalizing girl, Shruti Haasan, is not only an Indian actress but also a singer and music composer in South film industry. Her parents Kamal Haasan and Sarika, the union of two brilliant minds, have blessed her also with their most powerful trait, acting.  Sarika has been among the most popular child actors of her times, though the flamboyance can be seen in Shruti as well. Sarika indicated her own individuality while working for her husband’s movie ‘Hey Ram’, as a costume designer, and winning the National award for that in year 2000. After the couple got divorced in 2002, Sarika alone took the charge in raising the star, which we see today as Shruti Hasan.

Though they may appear quite dazzling to you but their lives might not be the same. Although, their spirit and positive approach towards life gives us a meaning to be realistic and inspires us to move on.