John and Kinnari have a collaborative philosophy that is most exemplified in their relationship with Kinnari’s two sons, Apoorva and Abhijeet Lakhia.
Apoorva Lakhia is a self taught international film maker who started his career in New York City assisting directors such as Mira Nair and Ang Lee.
Apoorva made his directorial debut in 2003 with Mumbai se aaya mera dost, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Miss Universe, Lara Dutta.
The story boards for the film were done by Abhijeet Lakhia, Kinnari was the costume designer for Lara Dutta and John Panikar was the still Photographer.
Apoorva Lakhia has since established himself as a veteran director in the Bombay film industry.
As an avid cricketer, he is on Sohail Khan's cricket team, the Mumbai Heroes, who play in the Celebrity Cricket League.
Apoorva is involved in the conservation work by bringing attention to the current renovation project and as a brand manager.