When B-Town actresses hired their kins as managers

Mar 20, 2014, 15:37 IST | Shakti Shetty

Interestingly, several of Bollywood actresses are being assisted by their relatives — be it their father, mother, brother or sister. We point out a few of them...

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.

Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma

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.

Rani Mukerji
Raja Mukerji and Rani Mukerji

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.

Kangna Ranaut
Kangna Ranaut and Rangoli

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.

Mallika Sherawat
Mallika Sherawat and Vikram Lamba

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.

Prachi Desai
Prachi Desai and Ameeta Desai

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.

Asin and Joseph Thottumkal

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.

Amrita Rao
Amrita Rao and Deepak Rao

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.

Sasha Agha
Sasha Agha and Salma Agha

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.

Tamannaah and Santhosh Bhatia

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.

Mamma Mia

>> Saira Banu’s mother Naseem Banu not only shaped her daughter’s career but she also played an instrumental role in her marriage to Dilip Kumar.
Saira Banu

>> Hema Malini’s mother, Jaya Chakravarthy, was said to be a constant and dominating presence on the sets of her films.
Hema Malini 

>> 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.
Neetu Singh 

>> Brinda Rai, Aishwarya Rai’s mother, contributed to the actress’ career by taking care of her finances.
Aishwarya Rai 

>> Shilpa Shetty’s mother, Sunanda Shetty, used to accompany the actress on her film meetings.
Shilpa Shetty 

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