Like Indian politics, Hindi cinema too can be accused of being dynastic in nature. However, this hasn’t stopped the so-called ‘outsiders’ from making a mark for themselves in the film industry. And interestingly enough, several of these actresses are being assisted by their relatives — be it their father, mother, brother or sister. hitlist points out a few of them.
Assisted by: Karnesh Sharma
He is: Anushka’s brother
The lowdown: Whether the actress will be a hands-on producer — she gets into film production with her upcoming film, NH10 — remains to be seen. But going by the industry buzz, her older brother is doing a good job of handling most of the production work.
Assisted by: Raja Mukerji
He is: Rani’s brother
The lowdown: Over the years, this sibling relationship has helped the brother’s career more than the other way round. He has had his share of ups and downs though. However, it’s known that the entire Mukerji family hinged on Rani due to her success in the industry.
Assisted by: Rangoli
She is: Kangna’s sister
The lowdown: From emailing Kangna’s pictures to mediapersons to being the go-to person when in need of a quote, Rangoli is known in industry circles for working behind the scenes. According to the grapevine, Kangna’s sis also played a significant role in grooming the actress.
Assisted by: Vikram Lamba
He is: Mallika’s brother
The lowdown: Once detained for accidentally firing a bullet and then detained again for carrying foreign currency and evading customs duty, Mallika’s brother is known to have a say in her movie choices. He’s even said to be present on the sets of her films.
Assisted by: Ameeta Desai
She is: Prachi’s mother
The lowdown: Not only does Ameeta answer phone calls on behalf of her daughter, but she also accompanies Prachi almost everywhere. It’s a routine nowadays to see photographs of Prachi with her mother hovering in the background.
Assisted by: Joseph Thottumkal
He is: Asin’s father
The lowdown: Rumour has it that the actress’ career is suffering on account of her dad’s interference. Apparently, Joseph is known for being a tough negotiator and that has kept her from signing on more films.
Assisted by: Deepak Rao
He is: Amrita’s father
The lowdown: Amrita’s dad owns an advertising agency. Apparently, the actress often seeks his advice before signing on the dotted line. If her recent filmography is anything to go by, Amrita might need to rethink her strategy.
Assisted by: Salma Agha
She is: Sasha’s mother
The lowdown: When Sasha made her Bollywood debut in Aurangzeb last year, she reminded everyone of her mother’s celluloid outing from the 1980s: not many can forget Salma’s performance in Nikaah (1982). The buzz is that Salma has been instrumental in shaping her daughter’s budding career.
Assisted by: Santhosh Bhatia
He is: Tamannaah’s father
The lowdown: Although her Bollywood debut, Himmatwala, sank without a trace, Santhosh has been charting his daughter’s career path for quite some time now. Often seen at film meetings, he once engaged in a verbal duel with Himmatwala’s producer over her contract.
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>> Sridevi made the phrase ‘Ask mummy’ famous before ‘No comments’ took over.
>> Neetu Singh once admitted that she owed her stint in acting to her mother, Rajee Singh.
>> Brinda Rai, Aishwarya Rai’s mother, contributed to the actress’ career by taking care of her finances.
>> Shilpa Shetty’s mother, Sunanda Shetty, used to accompany the actress on her film meetings.