Producer-director Karan Johar has become a proud parent to twins - a boy and a girl - through surrogacy.
Johar has named his son Yash (after his late father) and his daughter Roohi (a re-arrangement of his mother, Hiroo's name). They were born in February, although the exact date is not known.
Officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has confirmed that the babies' birth had been registered with them on Friday, 3 March 2017, reports Times Of India.
In a statement issued to the media, Johar described the joy to be a parent.
Here is his full statement:
"I am ecstatic to share with you all the two most wonderful additions to my life, my children and lifelines; Roohi and Yash. I feel enormously blessed to be a parent to these pieces of my heart who were welcomed into this world with the help of the marvels of medical science.
This was an emotional, yet well thought out decision which I have taken after considering all the responsibilities and duties that come with being a parent. In order to arrive at this decision, I have prepared myself mentally, physically, emotionally and logistically to ensure that my children get all the unconditional love, care and attention from me and mine. I have submitted to the fact that my children are my world and priority. My work, travels and social commitments would have to take a back seat and I am prepared for that. By the grace of God, I have the most caring and supportive mother who will be an integral part in the up-bringing of her grandchildren and of course, friends who are family.
I am eternally grateful to the surrogate who has fulfilled my lifelong dream and provided a warm, loving and nurturing environment to my children before bringing them into this world. She will always remain in my prayers.
Finally, a big thank you to Dr Jatin Shah for his guidance and support and for being like a family member through this wonderful and exciting journey."
In his recently released his memoir 'The Unsuitable Boy', Johar writes, "I don't know what I'm going to do about it but I feel like I would like to be a parent." "I don't know how it's going to happen but I do feel the need because I have plenty of love to offer and I'd like to take it forward," he writes in the book.
Johar is not the first to have a child via IVF in Bollywood. Recently, Tusshar Kapoor became a single father to a boy, Lakkshya. Shah Rukh Khan too opted for surrogacy for his third child, AbRam while Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao had their son, Azad Rao Khan, through the same procedure.
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