The curious case of celebrity kids : The hits and the flops

Default avatar a2e9a80c6340f878ad8fd7bb8c610c8fa397e03b2063d2a79f8e2958749015aa By Abhijith  |  almost 4 years ago

An entry ticket to the Indian film industry is not an easy one to get. Most of the times we have seen Celebrity kids getting comparatively an easy entry to the industry. But, the legacy could provide entry tickets alone and to sustain in the industry what matters is pure talent well supported by luck factor. Considering this factor, we have seen many star kids making it big outshining their ancestors while there are examples of others too who couldn’t live up to the expectations.

Celebrity Kids who did outshine their parents:

Suriya & Karthi:


Suriya Sivakumar, the elder son of yesteryear Tamil film actor Sivakumar has carved his own name in Tamil film industry. He is one of those actors in Tamil cinema who urges for variety rules. Suriya had a very meager start and was initially despised by many. But, it was the movie ‘Friends’ that gave Suriya the much needed break and with ‘Kakka Kakka’ he became popular among the masses as well as the classes. From then on he didn’t have to look back.


Karthi, the younger brother of Suriya comparitively had a smooth start. His first film 'Paruthiveeran' earned him the tag of a good actor. He has got back to back success to his credit and has got a huge fan base in both Tamil and Telugu film industry.



‘Ilayathalapathy Vijay’, as he is fondly called by his fans, didn’t have a good start to his career. His father S A Chandrasekhar who is a renowned filmmaker introduced him in the early 1990’s. But it was in the late 1990’s that he made a great impact in the industry. He rose to stardom from then and now he has got a huge fan base pan India. He met the expectations bestowed over him and now he is a brand himself in Tamil film industry.

Hrithik Roshan:


Hrithik Roshan is one among those star kids who tasted instantaneous success. With his first film, he established himself as the next big thing of Bollywood. Directed by his father Rakesh Roshan who is an actor himself, the film ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ emerged as one of the biggest successes of Bollywood. With time, Hrithik found himself in the league of Bollywood superstars.



Karthik is the youngest son of R Muthuraman who was a leading actor in Tamil films. Karthik who has acted in more than 100 movies has had an enjoyable stint in the film industry. He won many awards  that includes four filmfare awards of which three of them came in successive years. Karthik is fondly called as Navarasa Nayagan.

Prithviraj & Indrajith


Prithviraj is an actor who has been a strong presence in Malayalam film industry for the past 15 years. He came up at a time when Mammooty, Mohanlal and Dileep were ruling the Malayalam film industry. Over the years, he catapulted his fame and has won accolades from all sectors. He has got big success to his credit and also has won many awards. He also ventured into Bollywood and Kollywood, both proving successful. Prithviraj, undeniably is an actor to reckon with.

The same could be said about ‘Indrajith’, elder son of yesteryear actor Sukumaran. Indrajith is considered to be the best among the actors of this generation for his flexibility in performing various characters. He suits into any type of character and is a director’s delight.



Kajol has been a part of Bollywood since the early 90’s and she has carved her own place in filmworld. Through her films and acting abilities she was able to garner the tag of ‘one of the best actresses in Bollywood’ which would have surely made Tanuja(her mother) proud.

Aamir Khan:


How can we miss out this actor par excellence who has made the whole of India proud? Aamir Khan is the son of Tahir Hussain, who was well known as a film producer and director. We needn’t say much about Aamir Khan as we all know the stature and credibility of this actor.

Mahesh Babu:


Mahesh Babu is the son of legendary film actor and yesteryear superstar Krishna Ghattamaneni. Mahesh Babu who is his youngest son too followed his path and went on to become an indisputable superstar of Telugu film industry. He has been a part of many blockbuster films and has achieved that pan Indian appeal.



This list should contain Dhanush, as he is undoubtedly the pride of Indian cinema as a whole. Dhanush is the son of film director/producer Kasthuri Raja and the actor made his debut through his father’s film Thulluvadho Ilamai. He got his major breakthrough in his second film ‘Kadhal Kondein’ directed by his brother Selvaraghavan. From then on, Dhanush made his parents proud by creating wonders. He went on to win National Film award for Best actor. He also tasted major success in Bollywood.

Shahid Kapoor:


Shahid Kapoor is the son of veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor, who is known for effective portrayal of powerful roles. Shahid Kapoor who made his debut through ‘Ishq Vishq’ was initially typecast as a chocolate hero. Later on, he established his identity as a powerful actor like his father. He rose to stardom with time and now he has a fan following base of his own and with the release of ‘Haider’ he got a place in the list of versatile actors of Bollywood.


Celebrity kids who failed to make an impact:

Uday Chopra:


Uday Chopra is the son of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra and brother of director Aditya Chopra. Much was expected from him as an actor and got a perfect launch pad for his career with the Yash Raj banner backing him heavily. But he couldn’t come up to the expectations and most of his movies were duds.The only exception is ‘Dhoom’ series where he has reserved a space for himself. 

Esha Deol:


‘Esha deol’,daughter of Hema Malini and Dharmendra has had a career which is a mixed bag of success and failure. She didn’t have any big success to her name even after winning Filmfare award for Best debut for her film ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Poocche’. The only film of her which went on to attain blockbuster status was ‘Dhoom’

Mimoh Chakraborty:


Mimoh’s father Mithun Chakraborty is a three time National Award winner and was a big superstar of his times. Unfortunately, same could not be said about Mimoh who stepped into bollywood in the year 2008 with the film 'Jimmy'.The film was a box office failure and so was the case with rest of his movies. Nothing great has been talked about his acting skills too.

Luv Sinha:


‘Luv Sinha’ is the elder son of Shathrughnan Sinha who made his debut through the 2010 film 'Sadiyaan' directed by Raj Kanwar. The film fared poorly at the box office and the star son was criticized for his bad acting. This remains Luv Sinha’s sole film till date. Incidentally, Sonakshi Sinha also made her debut the same year and went on to become one of the topmost actresses of the industry.



Much was expected from Shanaavas, who is the son of Evergreen actor Prem Nazir. Shaanawas has been an active presence in the industry since 1977. Many movies were made having him playing the lead role but most of the movies performed poorly at the box office and his performances were not much appreciated. His career in films didn’t get that necessary mileage and couldn’t live up to the expectations bestowed on him as an actor.

Tanisha Mukherji:


Tanisha Mukherje, the daughter of Tanuja and younger sister of Kajol made her debut in Bollywood through 'Ssssh..' in the year 2003. The film didn’t help her at all and she tried her luck in other industries too but she was not well accepted. Her only successful film in Bollywood till now remains Sarkar directed by Ram Gopal Varma.

Rajiv Kapoor:


Rajiv Kapoor is the youngest among the sons of Raj Kapoor. Unlike his brothers Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor, he couldn’t earn a big name in the Industry as an actor. He even tried his hands on direction but that too didn’t reap him success.

Shantanu Bhagyaraj:


The son of legendary director Bhagyraja and yeasteryear actress Poornima Bhagyaraj couldn’t taste the sweetness of success in both Malayalam and Tamil film industries.He made his debut through Tamil movie ‘Sakkarakkatti’ which wasn’t a big success. He has acted in a handful of movies but still is in waiting for a big success.

Vinu Mohan:


Vinu Mohan, the son of character actress Sobha and the grandson of legendary actor Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair entered the film industry through 'Nivedyam' directed by Lohithadas. He did make a decent debut and continued with success like ‘Cycle’. He couldn’t maintain that momentum further on and most of his movie flopped. His acting skills were also put under question due to continuous failures.

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