Yes, it has been the unspoken rule - sometimes daringly declared, other times projected from scripted films, most times just fatefully assumed and accepted.
The fact remains that to be an 'IT' in tinsel town is no easy feat - and that in itself is practically an understatement. Why? Because goodwill and family name matters in Bollywood. There are always odd exceptions who break the rules, make a name for themselves and continue the trend with their next generations. What no one can deny is that being established after struggling pays off for a long, long time...
And so in tinsel town we witness a hierarchy of sorts, as in a little shining kingdom of the east! The names all over are blood-bound - there are parents and children, of more recent times, there are siblings, and even more recently, there are cousins! Yes we accept the heirloom-ish career-based kingdom the children of megastars inherit from just their mere surnames, but what becomes newer to explore is the trend of siblings and cousins.
The examples - many. And who? - Read on!
Karishma, Kareena & Ranbir Kapoor
(The Magical Trio Ruling the B-Town)
Making her film debut in 1991, Karishma Kapoor went on to become one of the most popular actresses of her generation.
Kareena Kapoor, made her acting debut in the year 2000 with Refugee, and today she's the hottest property in B-Town.
Ranbir Kapoor first appeared in the 2007 film Saawariya, and already he is the most eligible bachelor amongst the stars' kids.
Salman, Sohail & Arbaaz Khan
(The Khan Khandaan)
Salman Khan made his acting debut with the film Biwi Ho To Aisi in the Year 1988 and has made quite a name for himself, producing hits like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain , and is currently one half of MSN India's Hottest Couple of the Decade, along with girlfriend Katrina Kaif.
Sohail Khan is a director, writer, producer and an actor. He is the younger brother of actor Salman Khan.
Arbaaz Khan is an actor and film producer. He acted in leading and supporting roles. He is now venturing into producing movies in Bollywood
Kajol, Rani & Tanisha Mukherjee
(The Smiley Sisters Trio)
Kajol made her acting debut in the film Bekhudi 1992 & is the most Vivacious of all the 90's Actress. My Name is Khan said it all out loud.
Rani made her acting debut with Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat in 1997
Tanisha is an Indian actress of Bengali-Marathi descent.
Saif & Soha Ali Khan
( The Nawabs Bro-Sis Duo)
Chote Nawab Saif Ali Khan made his debut with Parampara in 1992.
Sunny, Bobby & Esha Deol
The son of the legendary Dharmendra, Sunny Deol made his entry with home production Betaab in 1983. Younger brother Bobby Deol set the screens on fire with his first film Barsaat in 1995.
Rahul & Akshaye Khanna
Akshay Khanna is the youngest son of veteran actor Vinod Khanna. His elder brother Rahul Khanna is also an actor. Rahul made his film debut with 1947 Earth in 1998 which won him many awards. Younger brother Akshay Khanna started his career with dad's home production Himalaya Putra in 1997.
Farah & Sajid Khan
Sajid an Indian filmmaker, actor, film director, script writer, talk-show host & presenter and the younger brother of Bollywood choreographer and filmmaker-director Farah Khan. He is mostly famous for his comedic quips while hosting various TV shows and award ceremonies and commonly known as Host-n-Dost Sajid Khan.
Shilpa & Shamita Shetty
(The Sensuos Shetty Sisters)
Shilpa Shetty is an actress & supermodel who made her debut with Baazigar (1993), although her first-ever lead role was in Aag (1994)
Shamita Shetty made her debut with Yash Raj's Mohabbatein (2000). Post-Mohabbatein, she got success in item numbers like "Sharara Sharara" in Mere Yaar ki Shaadi Hai (2001) after which she was called the "Sharara Girl...", as well as in"Chori Pe Chori" in Saathiya (2002). Shamita Shetty got applauding success as an actress with her first solo Zeher with Emraan Hashmi, and that movie was a hit.
Anil & Sanjay Kapoor
Anil Kapoor comes from a film-oriented family. Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with Umesh Mehra's Hamare Tumhare (1979) in a supporting role. He got his first leading role in Woh Saat Din (1983). Sanjay kapoor is the youngest brother of actor Anil & producer Boney Kapoor. made his debut with Prem opposite Tabu. But the movie Raja opposite Madhuri Dixit that gave me stardom overnight n it was a box office hit.
Aamir & Faisal Khan
Faisal Khan is an actor, and the brother of Aamir Khan. Faisal made his acting debut playing a minor role in his brother Aamir's 1988 film Qayamt se Qayamat Tak. He went onto play another small part in his brother's 1992 film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. He got his first leading role in the 1994 film Madhosh which was produced by his father Tahir Hussain.