Hey Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, Taimur's Public Profile is YOUR Choice

Hey Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, Taimur's Public Profile is YOUR Choice

Star parents often have to forgo privacy of their little ones but can they avoid it if they choose to?
Hey Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, Taimur's Public Profile is YOUR Choice
Kareena Kapoor with Taimur

Kareena and Saif are often heard expressing  their concern over their  little son Tamiur’s  over-exposure in the  media. So how come Saif’s other children from his first marriage didn’t face the same problem when they were kids? Oh I see,  the paparazzi  was neither that active nor this persistent back then.

Ok,  so another  question to do with other star-toddlers today? How come Aamir Khan’s son Azad  doesn’t get  hounded  by the paparazzi? The answer is  simple. Aamir and his wife  Kiran  don’t want their child  in  the  limelight. They don’t post pictures  of their child on social media. Not that they keep Azad hidden from the cameras. They just ensure  he is  treated in a normal healthy way.

Aishwarya-Abhishek’s Aaradhya was  constantly in the  public eye, until their parents took a conscious  decision to limit their child’s  appearance on  the social media. As Meryl Streep recently  observed, you can’t expect privacy for a celebrity’s children when they are put on a public platform. Why is is that every time Taimur shares playtime with his cousin Inaya, or Tusshar Kapoor’s son Lakshya or  Karan Johar’s twins Yash and Roohi,  the videos of their  innocent frolic show up  social media platforms?

It  is  the  amazing Meryl Streep who recently spoke  about keeping her four children away  from the  public eye.When asked during a television interview  to  promote her new gorgeous  film Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, she was asked  how she  kept her personal and professional lives apart. Meryl offered a  magical solution. She said the  choice is entirely hers. She  chose to be in the limelight and therefore had to forefeit her privacy. But her children were exempted from the glare. She made sure that her children’s privacy was  protected. She  never  put their pictures  out in the social media, never accessed her children’s lives to the  paparazzi and made sure her children never had to be exposed to the  public glare when  they didn’t want to be  there.

I think  there  is a huge  takeaway in Meryl Streep’s prouncements  on privacy  for  celebrities in Bollywood  who complain that their children are hounded   by the paparazzi. It is really very simple. If you don’t want your children in the  public spotlight they won’t be . There was a time when stars like Dharmendra and Manoj Kumar kept their children completely out of the limelight.
This was the pre-Instagram era.Now star-kids learn to face prying cameras even before they learn to walk properly.

Those poor celebrity progenies struggling to come to terms with their parent’s exceptional adulation. I remember Madhuri Dixit’s sons wondering why their mother was being stared at when they came to India for the first time. Now of course the Dixit-Nene boys are used to being hosed down with attention everywhere they go.

It’s not easy for a 3-year old or  a 2-year old  to have  flash bulbs  piercing his or  her bewildered uncomprehending eyesight .And to be scrutinized for clothes, hair and shoes alongside the chic mom is not just insensitive, it is insane! It may be fine for Tom Cruise's darling daughter Suri Cruise who at 7, seems to enjoy being a fashion diva. But what happened to her normal happy healthy life of dolls and teddybears? Little Suri is welcome to choose her Choos.We really don’t want Aaradhya’s normal childhood to be vandalized by the paparazzi.

I brought up my concerns with Aaradhya’s grandfather who sighed in resignation. “Ak kya keren? The attention  is a little disconcerting .We’ve gotten used it. Aaradhya would also have to get used to it.” Akshay Kumar, forever playing the real-life role of the monk with the Ferrari , is even more charitable about his children 17-year old Aarav and 5-year old Nitara being hounded by the paparazzi. “They are only doing their job.Wohunki rozi-roti hai,” he rationalizes the unreasonable invasion of his children in tender territory.

I must admit Akshay’s little daughter is already a camera chameleon. Or for that matter Shah Rukh Khan’s AbRam. The boy is a complete chip off theold block. Like his Dad, he loves the lenses to be on him.

Scarily enough, Taimur  seems to enjoy the paparazzi attention. Posing happily, chuckling when photographers call out his name. Not all star-children are prone to preen before the paparazzi. I remember there was a picture of Karisma Kapoor’s little son Kian raising his hands to his face in protest as the cameras went loco. “Nowadays they are everywhere, outside restaurants and airports. They don’t care how you’re looking after flying for 14 hours or how cranky your child is, they just want their pictures. Kian was tired and irritable after travel when the cameras suddenly opened fire,” says a  very close and protective relative of Kian Kapoor.

Years ago, I remember Sushmita Sen telling me how she never allowed her daughter Renee to be photographed. This was when there was no active paparazzi in the film industry. By the time she adopted her second girl it was too late to stop the shutterbugs. Now Sushmita happily poses with her two daughters.

Might as well lie back and enjoy it.

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