BLOG: It’s Time Tabloids STOPPED Writing About Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan

BLOG: It’s Time Tabloids STOPPED Writing About Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan

Analysing the media’s strange obsession with exes…

A story doing its  lascivious   rounds  says  Salman  Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan “avoided” each other at an event. This is as  ridiculous as it can get. Why would they not avoid each other? Should the two blow air kisses and  hold each other’s hand in public while the cameras  go  berserk? The truth is, Aishwarya is  too dignified  to indulge in  attention-getting tamashas. We-are-still-friends gimmicks are  not for her.

In any case, why is  a section of our media so obsessed with seeing ex-es together in public? Whether  it is Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor or  Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Katrina, not all partings  are  what a great  man picturesquely described as  “sweet sorrow”. Not every  couple is as comfortable running into one another after their split as  Deepika-Ranbir and Hrithik-Sussanne.

And  are Deepika  and  Sussanne  really as happy and comfortable  seeing their ex-es — as we see them being?   How  painful is it  for  these two  ladies to be  reminded  of their past even as  they  keep up appearances  of  normalcy with   their  former partner?

Aishwarya’s parting with Salman was  not  pleasant. She has  moved on  in life, far ahead. Today she’s a  happy wife and an ecstatic  mother. She has left her past behind. Why can’t the more inquisitive sections  of  the media also do  the same? Let the past be? I know ex-es make great pictures when they are  both  celebrities. But  have a heart. Even celebrities  need  that freedom to not have  their pasts breathing down their necks.

Forget sweet-sorrow, some partings are  just dreadful. And they can’t even  be discussed as partings because their togetherness was  not discussed  in the public  space  in the first place. In fact some  of  the most celebrated liaisons  of filmdom have been kept  a secret by the  entire media  because there were wives and children involved.

Not that the  inquisitive media suddenly  got sensitive. It was the fear of repercussions that kept the nosy parkers  off-limits  regarding certain high-profile liaisons  in  Bollywood. We all pretend Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are the  freshest  couple in town and that she  never looked for love  anywhere else.

With Ranbir Kapoor, the search never ends. And  boy,  isn’t that fun for  the paparazzi! No fear of being sacked for reporting whom this  guy is seeing every year.