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Aishwarya, Vidya, Parineeti: Here's what their fathers do!

Last updated on: June 27, 2013 19:03 IST

Aishwarya, Vidya, Parineeti: Here's what their fathers do!

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Not all Bollywood actors are star kids.

Some of them have fathers working in very diverse fields, very unrelated to the filmi world.

Take Raanjhanaa actress Swara Bhaskar, for instance. She is the daughter of former Indian Commodore Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar, who also happens to be a leading Indian expert on security and strategic affairs.

We take a look at actresses, whose parents are in unusual professions.

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Image: Swara Bhaskar
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

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Deepika Padukone

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Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Deepika's father Prakash Padukone is a former world-level badminton player while mum Ujjwala is a travel agent.

A former state-level badminton player herself, Deepika decided not to go the traditional way and chose a more glamorous career.


Image: Deepika Padukone


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Vidya Balan

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Ganchakkar actress Vidya Balan's father P R Balan serves, at present, as the Executive Vice-President of Digicable, a prominent cable distribution company in India.


Image: Vidya Balan


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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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An architecture student before she was discovered by the modelling industry in early 1990s, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the daughter of Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer and Vrinda Rai, a writer.

Vrinda Rai had also co-written Aishwarya's home production Dil Ka Rishta.


Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


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Amrita Puri

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She may have played a girl of modest origins in two of her three films -- Aisha and Kai Po Che -- but few know that this starlet is the daughter of Aditya Puri, Managing Director of HDFC bank.


Image: Amrita Puri


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Amrita Rao

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Amrita Rao's father Deepak Rao runs his own advertising agency in Bangalore and turned author in 2008 with a book titled Unlock Your ESP Potential.


Image: Amrita Rao


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Konkona Sen Sharma

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That she's the daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Aparna Sen, with whom she's worked on many films including Mr and Mrs Iyer and 15 Park Avenue, is common knowledge.

But few would know that the actress's father Mukul Sharma is a journalist and a science writer.

Kanan Iyer's Konkona starrer Ek Thi Daayan was based on one of his short stories.


Image: Konkona Sen Sharma
Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

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Shilpa Shetty

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Former model, actress and entreprenuer Shilpa Shetty's father Surendra Shetty runs a company that manufacturers tamper-proof caps for the pharmaceutical industry.


Image: Shilpa Shetty


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Parineeti Chopra

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While cousin Priyanka's late father was an army doctor, Parineeti's father Pawan Chopra is a businessman and supplier to the Indian Army at the Ambala Cantonment.


Image: Parineeti Chopra


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Nandita Das

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Nandita Das is daughter to one of India's most eminent painters, Jatin Das, and a Gujarati Jain mother Varsha Das, who is a writer.


Image: Nandita Das
Photographs: Rediff Archives

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Manisha Koirala

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Manisha Koirala comes from a prominent political family in Nepal.

Her father Prakash Koirala is a former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology.

Her late grandfather Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala was Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960.


Image: Manisha Koirala
Photographs: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF

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Sarah Jane Dias

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Former pageant queen and actress Sarah Jane Dias's father Eustace Dias, is a marketing manager with Oilfields Supply Centre.


Image: Sarah Jane Dias


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Riya Sen

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Actress Riya Sen, a descendant of a prominent filmi lineage -- her mother Moon Moon Sen was a popular yesteryear actress while grandmother Suchitra Sen was a noted actress of her time -- is also of royal blood.

Her father Bharat dev Varma is a royal from Tripura and late Maharani Gayatri Devi's nephew.


Image: Riya Sen
Photographs: Rediff Archives

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