Mumbai: Filmmaker Farah Khan may have many facets to her personality but it's clear that being a mother is what lights her up. Farah had triplets via IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation). As an individual who didn't follow convention when it came to marriage and having children, it's not surprising that she has strong views on the changes to India's surrogacy laws proposed recently.
- Farah also agrees that protection of surrogates is crucial
- 'I'm not saying we shouldn't regulate surrogacy,' Farah added
- 'My worry is that this will cause it to go underground,' she added
She was referring to what Sushma Swaraj said when she briefed the press about the changes last week. "We have many examples of celebrities who have their own children, still they have gone for a surrogate child. I am pained to say that the procedure that started as a necessity, has become a hobby of sorts. This is not a thing for pleasure... it has become a fashion these days," said Ms Swaraj, naming no names.
Farah, who married filmmaker Shirish Kunder at 40, takes particular umbrage about the fact that a couple can only go down the surrogacy route after five years of marriage.
"I got married at 40. If I had waited I would have been 45. I had my babies at 43. If I had waited till 45, it would have been impossible for me. Are we now living in a country that tells us what to eat, how to dress, who you can have a child with?" said Farah.