Actor Tusshar Kapoor, who is single, on Monday was thrilled to announce the arrival of his son, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. The baby has been named Laksshya.
"I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life," Tusshar, son of Bollywood actor Jeetendra, said in a statement.
"By the greatness of god and the excellent medical team at Jaslok (hospital), parenthood is an option for many, who choose to be single parents," added the actor, who has been a part of Bollywood comedies Kyaa Kool Hain Hum and Golmaal franchise.
Proud grandparents, Shobha and Jeetendra, are very happy.
"We could not be more excited to be grandparents to Laksshya, and are completely supportive of Tusshar's decision. This is certainly a tremendous blessing, and an exciting time in our lives. Tusshar is a wonderful son, and he has proven with responsibility, independence, and kindness that he will be a great father to Laksshya," they said in a joint statement.
The IVF treatment was led by Firuza Parikh, Director of IVF and Genetics at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre.
Appreciating Tusshar's decision and dedication, Dr Parikh said: "I am impressed with Tusshar's determination to be a father. He maintained a keen interest in the baby's health at every stage. He will surely be a sensitive and nurturing parent."
Dr Parikh added that recently they have we have had many single men and women approved for parenthood.
"As a public figure, Tusshar's brave and bold decision will open the field of assisted reproduction making it accessible to not just single parents, but also to many who fervently desire to have a baby," he said.
Earlier, superstar Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao had son Azad Rao Khan through surrogacy and even Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan's third child AbRam was born via surrogacy.
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