They say good things come in pairs, and when it comes to celebrity dads and their daughters, it seems this couldn’t be more true. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in case of these famous fathers and their talented daughters. Not only are their daughters absolutely genius, they are super talented in their own right and one day some of them might be more famous than their father, if they aren’t already. Just like eye color, talent can be inherited I guess. Or maybe it’s just a learned behavior.
Vikram Sarabhai and Mallika Sarabhai
From her barrister grandfather Subbarama Swaminadhan, to her freedom fighter grandmother Ammu; her aunt Lakshmi Sehgal, who went on to lead the women’s contingent in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army; her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai who was an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and instructor to her father Vikram Sarabhai who founded India’s space programme, Mallika Sarabhai‘s family was full of worthy stalwarts. Mallika Sarabhai didn’t follow his father’s footstep of being a scientist; she chose to be a classical dancer instead.
She was also hailed in 1989 for her portrayal of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s Mahabharata (in French, then in English), which was staged internationally. Over the years, the performances have brought her various awards – Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2000), Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters, French Government (2002), and the Padma Bhushan (2010).
The father-daughter duo has been awarded with Padma Bhushan for their contribution and it is quite rare. “I didn’t think we were special. My family was austere. My grandparents wore khadi. I’ve never seen my mother go to a jeweler. It was all about work, never what you had. I enjoyed the fact that there were all sorts of wonderful people at our dinner table. And I thought that’s the way the world was,” Sarabhai says.
But the presence of intellectual personalities, and the exposure to diverse cultures and opinions in her childhood, shaped her forward-thinking personality.
Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, Charanpreet, Amarpreet and Honeypreet Insan
One of the most interesting career choices for a young woman looking to follow in her father’s footsteps has to be a film director, so did Honeypreet. Honeypreet Insan is daughter of MSG-fame Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, the patron-in-chief of India’s biggest philanthropist organization Dera Sacha Sauda.
Like us, it would have been surprising for Honeypreet too, when Saint Ram Rahim nonchalantly decided to make movies for social reformation. Well, she made her acting debut in her father Saint Ram Rahim’s second movie MSG-2 The Messenger. Closely observing Saint Ram Rahim’s panache, she got to learn various skills behind the camera too. While she was assisting Saint Ram Rahim in art-direction, dress desigining and auditions, Saint Ram Rahim felt she can do wonders if she gets a chance to direct a movie.
In Saint Ram Rahim’s MSG The Warrior Lionheart, she was given that chance to co-direct the movie and now after watching this movie, anyone can say that she has amazingly nailed it. The journey of film direction that begin from Lionheart reached Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab, in which she played the powerful role of Josh who accompanies the lead character who crosses the border to smash the terrorist camps in neighboring country. Then she directed her next project Jattu Engineer – which was a comedy movie, surprisingly the shooting of movie was completed in just 15 days in Honeypreet’s direction. She credits her successful pursuits to her Papa Coach. Now she will be back on screen in Baba Ram Rahim’s upcoming movie MSG Online Gurukul. During the shooting of Online Gurukul, she performed her stunts so fiercely that renowned fight master Abbas Ali nicknamed her ‘Guru Ji Ki Sherni’
Talent in Saint Ram Rahim’s family is a multigenerational affair. His daughter Amarpreet Insan’s musical debut in MSG-1 The Messenger won millions of hearts with heart-touching melody ‘Papa The Great‘. In Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab she again mesmerized the music lovers with her soulful voice in System Hil Gaya. Dr MSG’s daughter Charanpreet Insan’s work in MSG The Warrior Lionheart can send shivers down to your spine. She has fiercely done her stunts herself without a body double that most of our Bollywood heroines would refuse to.
The talent train doesn’t stop here. Saint Ram Rahim’s grandkids, Sweetluck and Sahib-e-Dil have also played important roles in the movie. Sweetluck is yet another prime example of how talent makes its way from one generation to the next. Little Sweetluck started singing when she was just about 4 years old, she also appeared in music videos of MSG 2 The Messenger movie.
On 20th July, 2015 Sweetluck Insan broke the world record for identifying max no. of national flags in one minute by identifying 121 National Flags which means with a speed more than 2 flags per second.On 14th Aug, 2015 Sweet Luck Insan broke the record for reverse counting from 100 to 1 by doing it in just 34.3 seconds.
Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar grew up playing by the side of her father and teacher, the revered sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar. She emerged from his tutelage to become a pioneer on the sitar and one of the most gifted artists in her generation of Indian classical artists.
For the last two decades of his life, Ravi Shankar was often joined on stage by his most dedicated student: his daughter Anoushka. As Anoushka’s career progressed, she moved away from more traditional material to experiment with styles ranging from pop to electronica to flamenco before coming full circle.
Along with performing alongside her father, Anoushka Shankar has experimented with DJs, made an album of flamenco music and teamed up with her half-sister Norah Jones. But on her latest album, Home, Shankar has returned to her father’s classical training. She says that it’s a collection she’s wanted to make for a long time, but it happened to come together just two years after her father passed away.
Shankar’s 2015 album Home marked her triumphant return to Indian classical music. Rolling Stone called the record “jaw-dropping virtuosic fun, a powerful testimony to a father-daughter relationship, and a beautifully recorded introduction to the Indian classical tradition.” “I think sometimes when you speak about something like ‘Indian classical music’ and ‘ragas,’ and all of that’s new to people, it can be quite intimidating, in the same way that I have sometimes found opera and Wagner intimidating — one doesn’t know where to begin sometimes,” she says. “So I’m quite keen to just say, ‘You know, just listen.’ If one’s curious and wants to know more, one can, but in the beginning you can also just listen.”
The listening, Shankar says, should take some time. “This music is a slow burn, you know? If someone’s used to the average two-and-a-half-minute song on the radio, it can be hard to understand what’s going on, because at two and a half minutes we’re still just playing the first notes and establishing things,” she says. “Give it the time to open up and play, and then it sort of seeps under your skin, and it has a very profound impact as a result.”
Lalit Kishore and Aayushi Kishore
As The daughter of a veteran sports-lifestyle industry professional, Aayushi Kishore was never a stranger to international footwear brands. In fact, the 25-year-old grew up watching her father set up the master franchise of Lotto in India, and play a key role in Nike India up until the recent past.
Lalit Kishore, who started out as a licensee of Nike in India, went on to become the group’s CFO and vice-president. He was also the Founder and Managing Director of Lotto’s master franchisee Sports Lifestyle Private Limited (SLPL). It was in 2011 that Lalit and his daughter, Aayushi Kishore, fresh from her post-graduate course at Delhi’s Sri Ram College Of Commerce, came up with the idea of Globalite.
Kishore claims she always wanted to create something of her own. “The vision for my startup began to take shape as I grew up to understand the consumer potential of the booming middle class in India. Seeing the middle segment aggressively spearhead its growth, I realized the potential of a new footwear brand catering to this section of the country’s youth that wished to wear an inspirational brand but could not afford to,” she explains.
Parkash Chauhan and Schauna Chauhan
Leading Parle Agro’s charge is 34-year-old Schauna Chauhan, its CEO and the eldest daughter of Prakash Chauhan, its founder. If you are an Indian, we bet you have grown up drinking Frooti. Even to this day, watching a Frooti ad on TV takes us back to our wonder years. Schauna Chauhan is the force behind Parle Agro’s (the parent brand of Frooti) innovation machine in India. She is also the force behind Parle’s aggressive international market capture strategy. What makes this lady fight head on with giants like Pepsico? Prakash Chauhan leads from the front in his role as chairman and MD with daughter Schauna as CEO. Alisha and Nadia complete the team. Ever since Schauna Chauhan joined her family business, she’s been a major catalyst in morphing the scale and growth of the company.
Parle Agro’s aggressive international market capture strategy can easily be attributed to her sharp sighted approach and acumen. It was 1999 when she joined the company’s board as a director and later became the CEO in 2006 and the rest they say is history. Under her powerful aegis, the group has diversified from being only a beverage major to being a leader in both food and beverage.