Are these brothers cashing in on the Bollywood stardom of their sisters?
Celeb brothers seem to be cashing in on the stardom of their actress-sisters in Bollywood to enter the industry and filmmaking seems to be becoming their default career choice
When Anushka Sharma decided to turn producer, there was something personal about it — her brother Karnesh also jumped on the bandwagon.
Parineeti Chopra's brother Sahaj worked as an assistant director for her 2014 film 'Daawat-e-Ishq'
The siblings set up their production house called Clean Slate Films and their first project, 'NH10', starring Anushka and Neil Bhoopalam is now ready for release. Their next project apparently titled 'Canada' is also about to take off shortly.
From left: Luv, Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi, Poonam, Taruna and Kush at the latter's wedding reception last month. Luv and Kush are in the process of reviving their home banner with Sonakshi. Pic/Sameer Markande
A state-level cricket player, Karnesh was keen to pursue the gentleman's game, but ended up joining the Merchant Navy. However, Anushka's Bollywood aspirations soon rubbed off on him and now he looks after all the administrative work of the production house.
Anushka Sharma set up her film production house along with brother Karnesh
Some other actresses' brothers are also learning the ropes of filmmaking. Parineeti Chopra's brother Sahaj recently worked as an assistant director in Habib Faisal's film, 'Daawat-e-Ishq' (2014), which featured her opposite Aditya Roy Kapur.
Priyanka Chopra with her brother Siddharth who is planning to get into production
As Parineeti had worked with Habib in 'Ishaqzaade' (2012), there seemed to be a comfort factor. She felt Habib's sets would be the ideal learning ground for Sahaj, who called it a fulfilling experience. Sahaj eventually wants to become a full-fledged filmmaker and with his sister among the most sought after names in the industry, he must be hoping to find bigger opportunities.
Mallika Sherawat with brother Vikram Lamba who co-produced her 2010 film 'Hisss'
Runs in the family
As part of the Chopra clan's presence in Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra's restaurateur brother Siddharth plans to get into production with television shows. Priyanka has launched her own production house, under which she will be producing her first film 'Madamji' with Madhur Bhadarkar. Apparently, it was PC who persuaded her brother to pursue his filmi dreams. We hear Siddharth is keen to remake some American TV shows and with Piggy Chops inking a deal with a US television network, this could be the first step.
Parineeti Chopra with brother Sahaj who was assistant director of her film 'Daawat-e-Ishq (2014)
There was buzz in 2013 that Sonakshi Sinha's brother Kush would direct her in a film to revive their father Shatrughun Sinha's film banner. Kush and his twin Luv were both interested in acting at one point of time, but then the former veered towards production. There was also speculation about Kush planning to remake international sitcoms in Hindi.
Mallika Sherawat's brother, Vikram Lamba, was one of the producers of her 2010 film, 'Hisss'. He not only manages her work, but is also said to be protective about her. On the sets of 'Hisss', he had apparently blasted the crew for making Mallika wear a flimsy bikini though the actress herself had no qualms about it.