Doing your work with dignity cannot be taught -- either you have it or you don't.
Even a decade back, media houses would take up their cases devotedly. Journalists would write articles about them supporting their stand. The unions and press clubs would reiterate their support for them in case of run-ins with Bollywood celebrities. However, the situation has changed and how. The Bollywood paparazzi don't enjoy the wide-spread support that they used to enjoy once.
The last equivocal support for them came in 2014 when they had banned Salman Khan after they were 'harassed' at an event which later became a full-fledged row between Salman and them. Salman Khan had objected to photographers swearing at the event organisers. Here's the video:
The news media outlets supported them at that time and the differences were resolved. The run-ins with the celebs and their security guards has since continued and become staple. For the last few years, with so many stars becoming proud parents, the primary concern for most Bollywood star parent is how to ensure that their children are not affected by the unruly Bollywood Paparazzi.
A few days back we wrote about how Suhana Khan was caught completely off-guard in front of them and was clearly unnerved when photographers literally chased her as she took cover inside an elevator. This incident was followed by an appeal from Shah Rukh Khan to the photographs to treat star children with some dignity. However, nothing seems to have worked.
The same issue was at the forefront again when Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan was seen shedding tears publicly when photographers simply ignored her repeated requests to stop clicking and exposing the flashbulbs at the faces of little children, gathered there. Like many other star kids, Aaradhya Bachchan also gets unnerved in front of photogs. It is clearly visible on her face if you look at the video. Aishwarya is seen constantly requesting them to stop shouting and clicking incessantly. All requests fell on deaf ears.
However, the photographers didn't care and went on clicking even as you hear a wailing baby in the background who is clearly intimidated.
Here's the video, take a look:
Don't miss the bewildered look on Aaradhya's face who is in a fix to see her mother crying in front of so many people and quietly hands her over the cake-knife in order to pacify her. That sweet gesture makes Aishwarya smile again.
Little children get affected the most when they see their parents in distress. One look at her face and you will notice how bewildered she is.
Dear Bollywood celebrities, if you do not want this to happen to you again then create a barricade at a distance for the photographers and ensure that they don't come near you. This is the job of the event managers. Kindly ask your teams to negotiate hard with them and do a location inspection beforehand to ensure that security arrangements are in place.
Aishwarya crying in front of the public is one thing but the shock on Aaradhya's face is not what any parent would like to see. And, there's one more thing that no parent would like their kids to get exposed to -- the content of the loud conversation between them when the paparazzi go about doing their job.