Bollywood has its Kapoor 'khandan' and the Khan clan, the television
industry is slowly waking up to family values. You
may never have guessed it, but the television industry currently
is fairly crawling with siblings.
are some who have helped each other along the vicarious ways of
the industry, and there are those who dissuaded the younger sibling
in vain from entering the big bag world of showbiz. There are yet
others who have together created empires from nothing and then those
who are still on the first rung of success, ascending hand in hand.
every generation of the Sagars who have harvested the fruits of
the toils of the previous and continue to add their mite, there
are the Roy brothers (Rohit and Ronit) who came from nowhere and
today command an awesome (some say the highest) sum for their roles
on the small screen.
- no sibling rivalry here
every Raju Kher who had to struggle to prove his identity much after
his illustrious sibling made himself a household name on the big
screen, there's a Gufi Paintal who overshadowed his better known
brother with a masterful performance in BR Chopra's Mahabharat.
the well known comedian, presently acting in Zee's Pyar Zindagi
Hai says brother Gufi, best remembered as the infamous 'Shakuni
mama' of Mahabharat, is more like a father to him.
have never had any rivalry whatsoever because as a principle we
don't discuss business at all. He knows that I am there for him
when he needs me and vice versa. We take the roles and projects
that come our way as luck and destiny. If I had to rate my brother
as an actor, I would definitely give him an eight on ten."
Gufi, "Though I am four years elder to Paintal, I am four years
younger to him in the entertainment industry (laughs). Actually,
my father sent me for engineering and my brother to FTII. Both
of us landed in Bombay in 1969 and I took up modeling, worked as
an assistant director for movies and acted in various movies and
serials. I have also directed my brother. He is an emotional actor
who can do intense roles. People have not been able to tap his tremendous
talent. Unfortunately for him, he got typecast as a comedian."
some, showbiz runs in the family. For sisters Ratna Pathak Shah
and Supriya Pathak, it was a legacy handed down by mum Dina, herself
a theatre veteran.
two set the small screen afire with their hilarious acts in Doordarshan's
Idhar Udhar way back in the 1980s, but somehow the magic
didn't work with the sequel a decade later.
Supriya is back in Star Plus' Khichdi, but Ratna seems content
the siblings, a class apart are the industry's first family of horror
- the Ramsay clan. The patriarch producer FU Ramsay, who was constantly
harassed by the crew's tantrums, decided to create a complete film-making
unit right in the family. With each of the brothers playing a distinct
role in the film making process (that of director, producer, cameraman,
screen writer, sound recorder, editor or make up artiste), making
a film or serial is truely a family affair!
Arya and brother Goldie Behl got into software production when their
father Ramesh Behl passed away. "I am the older one, but we take
turns at playing the older sibling," laughs Shrishti. "It helps
to have the same value system when you are running a company together,"
she reasons, "Goldie's the more creative type and since I trained
in production even outside our set up, I handle the day to day functioning."
and Abhimayu with Gul Panag
from this brother-sister duo, there is a brother duo making their
mark in televison production - the Singh brothers of Contiloe Films
(Kashmeer, Jubilee Plus and Shhh... koi hai fame).
With elder brother Chandrachud Singh struggling to make a ripple
on the big screen, the younger siblings carved their niche on the
small screen. "Though our parents never really thought that
either one of us would be in the media, all of us landed up there,"
says Aditya. "While Chandrachud came to Mumbai to make his
career, we came down to make our careers here just because we wanted
the family to be together," he adds. While Aditya, the second
son, worked his way from being an EP to being producer, younger
sibling Abhimanyu just joined the business after it was established.
others who have made their mark in the fickle industry, it has been
a shared passion that overrode the family genes. Nalini Singh, the
force behind Nepal One and well known software producer is Discovery
India head Deepak Shourie's sister. The other sibling, intrepid
journalist Arun Shourie, has since moved out of media to grace the
hallowed corridors of power in New Delhi.
and Niret Alva
Nikhil and Niret Alva moved out of mum Margaret's shadow to etch
out a career in software production, away from politics, to float
their own company, Miditech. The streak of genius has always been
there, only it manifested in different media in the case of siblings
Ila Arun, Piyush and Prasoon Pandey.
three have made their mark, one in the field of music, one in advertising
and the other in copywriting. For the Mahendrus, it was a matter
of passion overriding family business sense that drove Anand to
film and serial direction while sister Anju made her mark as an
bonding- Sameera and Sushma
to Generation Next, there are the Reddy sisters, Meghna, Sushma
and Sameera Reddy who veejay and act with equal finesse and are
raring for more.
of course one cannot forget the Arora sisters - Malaika and Amrita,
popular veejays who have made a successful splash in Bollywood as
Khan sisters, Nigar and Gauhar, are stepping into showbiz without
much backing but a liberal dose of self confidence.
enjoying her share of the ramp model circuit, Nigar has currently
donned a new avtaar - that of an actor paving the path for the younger
sister Gauhar. While she is busy essaying the role of Sheetal,
a character with negative shades in Zee's late night soap Lipstick,
Gauhar making her presence felt as a rising model.
are others like Niki Aneja (the Gharwali from Star Plus'
…Uparwali show) who have had a benign protective influence
like cousin Parmeet Sethi to oversee their entry into showbiz.
who says he is as good as a real brother to Niki, had to coax Niki
into getting her initial portfolio done. "We have acted together
in Dastaan and Samundar, but although I have had a
few offers to be paired opposite Niki, I haven't taken them up…I
don't think I could handle that," he says. But as a proud elder
Parmeet says Niki has handled her career quite efficiently and has
rarely needed to turn to him for advice.
and Rohit Roy have just shot for a pilot for a show scripted by
Shobhaa De, the first time the two will appear in one frame. Ronit,
the elder sibling debuted on the big screen with hit film Jaan
Tere Naam but subsequently faded, only to make a spectacular
comeback on the small screen recently.
he is wooing the audience with his performance in Kasautii...
and Kyunkii... on Star Plus. Like a protective older brother,
he says, "Rohit is like a son to me. I never really wanted him to
join this industry. The industry is so full of jolts and I definitely
did not want him to go through all the troubles that I have been
through. I always knew that he would be a darn good actor but I
constantly dissuaded him from taking it up. I wanted him to pursue
his MBA or appear for civil services but stubborn that he is, he
did exactly what he wanted to." But behind all that protectiveness
there is a proud brother who is quick to declare that the younger
one though full of surprises, is quite a level headed person. "One
thing that I think he needs to check is his temper" advises big
is just as full of praises for Ronit. "He is a fighter, I vividly
remember one time during a cycle race when the chain broke off.
He picked up the cycle and ran with it all the way to the finishing
line… he missed the gold but he did bag the silver," says the proud
brother. When asked what would their dream project be Rohit is prompt
to respond, 'something like Deewar'. Wonder who will play
the other extreme are the Paul brothers, Rajiv and Rakesh. While
elder one Rajiv was made for the screen, the younger one was rather
conned into it. Speaking about their childhood, Rakesh vividly remembers
the elder brother as the writer director and lead actor of the plays
and he the assistant.
the elder one came to the city of dreams to work for the silver
screen, the latter came armed with a law degree to join the army
but soon ended up joining his brother. According to Rakesh, Rajiv
is a go-getter while he is the laid back one.
another brothers duo making their mark on the small screen is Quaid
and Husain. With Husain being the baby, since Quaid is almost 12
years his senior, the relationship between the siblings is more
like 'father and son', as Hussain would put it.
Hussain started his career on the silver screen as a model. Of late,
he is being noticed for his roles Star Plus shows such as Kyunkii...,
Kumkum, Krishna Arjun, Kismey kitna hai dam and talent hunt
show Kucch kar dikhana hai.
the elder brother already having paved a way for him, entry to the
industry was a pretty smooth sailing for Husain. But
for the elder sibling, Quaid who managed to make his own in the
industry as a director, it wasn't a cakewalk." He has an immense
amount of patience and self-confidence, no matter how bad things
were in the past he never gave up," said Hussain fondly. It
seems to be impossible to get any amount of criticism from the younger
brother who goes to the extent of saying: "Never would anybody
in the industry even dare to play us against one another, coz' everybody
knows that I love him a lot."
list seems endless, amongst the siblings that we have not thus far
included are the bigwigs of the industry. The information and broadcast
minister RS Prasad and his 'chotti behna' BAG films managing director
Anurradha Prasad, the head honchos of SAB TV - the Adhikari brothers
and Indian cable TV's first family, the Goel brothers. True to the
idiom, blood is thicker than water, these sibilings have held on
to each other in their leanest periods and rejoiced in their happiest
entry into the industry is not guaranteed if you have a sibling
in the industry, the recognition, thanks to the family connection,
is instant. From the industry's perspective, the star sibling is
a ready-made star on their hands... complete with press relations.
they say, its all in the family!