Being watched like a hawk, constant media attention and trailing paparazzi seem to be a permanent part of an actor’s life. It seems they knew what they were getting into when they aspired for stardom, and so it’s rather ironic when actors show rage and anger when their pictures are snapped. However, out of mere humanity and empathy, giving these stars — who provide us with so much entertainment — some space would be a good idea.
Katrina Kaif has expressed her grief over this very matter of privacy and morality. Her pictures, with rumoured lover Ranbir Kapoor, holidaying on a beach in Spain, were recently splashed all over the internet. She said that she felt betrayed as the press chose to invade her personal space and print the photographs.
“I am writing this to say that I feel most upset, distressed and invaded at my pictures [being] published in a film magazine, which were also carried by others. The pictures were taken while I was on holiday by someone who, in an act of cowardice, has shot without permission and then used the pictures for commercial gain,” she said, according to the Times of India.
“There is a breed of journalism that preys on celebrities in the worst possible manner, crossing all lines of privacy and decency. Running these pictures shows support for this school of journalism.”
She requested that everyone running these pictures “please refrain from doing so.” She added, “I have a wonderful relationship with the media and have been accessible to them at all times. There is no reason for this furtive and invasive behaviour.”
However, when the pictures were first leaked, sources revealed that Katrina was pleased that it was finally clear to everyone that Ranbir and her were an item, striking Deepika Padukone (Ranbir’s ex-lover) out of the picture completely, according to the Indian Express.
So what does Bollywood’s Barbie really want? Attention or no attention!?
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.
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