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Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor proudly announced the arrival of his son this Monday, the 27th of June. And if you're wondering how is that possible, considering that he is not married, the statement he released clarifies it for you- "I proudly announce the arrival of my son, a baby boy, born last week through IVF and surrogacy. The baby, Laksshya, is in excellent health. I am thrilled to be a father! The paternal instincts in me have been overpowering my heart and mind for some time now. Therefore, I am thrilled beyond words to have Laksshya, now the greatest source of joy in my life. By the greatness of God and the excellent medical team at Jaslok, parenthood is an option for many, who choose to be single parents. Thanks to you all for your blessings & good wishes!"

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Needless to say, the congratulations immediately started pouring in from the Bollywood fraternity as near and dear ones embraced the news of Tusshar's inspirational journey as a single dad. Here are some of the messages-
Karan Johar:-
Am so thrilled to hear this news ...huge congratulations and all my love.....bless the family with the best years ahead....
Riteish Deshmukh:-
Congratulations my dearest -couldn't be more thrilled. Welcome to the world of parenting. love & blessings to the new born.

Farak Khan:-
Congratulations on becoming a father.. Not everyone has your courage..god bless ur lil Angel.

Abhishek Bachchan:-
Congratulations Tushki! welcome to the best years of your life. You're going to make a superb dad. Lots of love.

Esha Deol:-
Congrats so proud of u ! Always knew u have a heart of gold! God bless

Neha Dhupia:-
This is the sweetest news ever , congrats on bagging ur best role ever! U brand new daddy ... Love to U and ur little prince!

Shobhaa De:-
Congratulations,new dad and blessings for baby Laksshya. Dr.Firuza Parekh and you have just provided precious HOPE to millions.

Hansal Mehta:-
How wonderful Pappa , bua and the Kapoor family. You've shown the way. God Bless.

(Photo Credit for picture below: Filmfare)

WE SAY ... 

Celebrities like Sushmita Sen and Raveena Tandon are known and admired for having adopted daughters while single. And then there are celebrity couples like Aamir-Kiran (to have Azad) and Shah Rukh- Gauri (to have AbRam), who went the surrogacy route. Now in becoming a single father via surrogacy, Tusshar Kapoor who is known for "Kyaa Kool Hain Hum" and "Golmaal" franchise, has paved the way for many single men who wish to embark on the journey of fatherhood without having to wait for Ms. Right to come by, or perhaps the issue is something else. 

That brings us to the issue of legality. As per the Indian government regulations about Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)/ surrogacy, starting starting November 4, 2015, commercial surrogacy is no longer lawful in India. However, there is no clear specifications regarding the status (whether single or married) of the intented parent(s). In the United States, the laws varies from state to state, some surrogacy friendly states only offering support for married heterosexual couples. In many countries like UK, New Zealand, Belgium, Netherlands, commercial surrogacy is not legal, but altruistic surrogacy is.

Legality aside, we say, why not? Every person has a right to be a parent. Of course, the best course is to be one in a situation where there are two loving parents to raise the child. However, modern times have given birth to modern families. So who are we to judge? 

We say, congratulations, Tusshar Kapoor, for leading the way in providing hopes to many!


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