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Isidore Domnick Mendis

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Annie Thomas (Miss India 1999) with mother Rachel Thomas (skydiver).

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 L-R: Fashion designer Ritu Kumar with film-maker son Ashwin; Artist Jatin Das with daughter Nandita (film star); India's first lady police officer and Magsaysay Award winner Kiran Bedi with daughter Saina (TV Producer).

It is easy for celebrity children to follow parental tracks but some follow their own instincts. Isidore Domnick Mendis meets offsprings who have pursued their own calling and made a name for themselves in their chosen field. Tarun Tahiliani, son of India’s former naval chief, is the country’s top fashion designer. Ashwin Kumar, the 24-year-old son of ace fashion designer Ritu Kumar chose film-making over fashion designing. Saina, daughter of India’s first lady police officer Kiran Bedi, runs an NGO and has just launched her first critically acclaimed TV serial, Galati Kiski. Nandita, daughter of India's celebrated artist Jatin Das, is a talented filmstar. The 1999 Miss India Annie Thomas’ mother Rachael Thomas is the much felicitated India’s first and only civilian woman skydiver.


Admiral Tahiliani says he never pressurized his son to follow in his footsteps. He credits Tarun for taking his own decisions in life. " Tarun thought he could become a good fashion designer. I told him to go ahead but excel in whatever he did. And he has kept my faith in him," says the former chief of naval staff who is now the Chairman of Transparency International [India Chapter].


No-chips-1.jpg (28803 bytes)Ashwin Kumar, the 24-year-old son of ace fashion designer Ritu Kumar had a lucrative profession cut out for him. But he chose film-making over fashion designing. Now a postgraduate from the London Film School, Ashwin warns, " Don't ask me the obvious question why I didn't become a fashion designer." Just because my mother is a designer doesn't mean that I too must become a designer. I was always interested in film-making." " Right from my school days I was actively involved with theatre " says Ashwin whose new film Road To Ladakh is a rites of passage encounter between a dysfunctional, coke-snorting fashion model and an ultra-focused, strong silent man thrown together by chance into the magnificent wilderness of Ladakh. Road To Ladakh written and directed by Ashvin Kumar stars Irfan Mir, who shot to fame with his spectacular international award winning film, The Warrior and Koel Purie earlier seen in Rahul Bose's somewhat spaced out, Everybody Says I'm Fine. The film is primarily for international film festivals and television channels worldwide.

He has no regrets of not inheriting his mother’s fashion empire though, he says, he has learnt a couple of important things from her. " Always be a stickler for quality and also make your product commercially viable," says Ashwin whose other short films include First Day Out, Sam and Cricket. He has two production houses---one in London called Rasa Pictures and the other in Delhi, Post Solutions.


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