Taimur Ali Khan is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws for the paparazzi. While earlier, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor had no objections to their baby being constantly followed and clicked by the paps, recently Saif requested the photographers not to use flashbulbs. Even outside of the family, there have been articles and comments in the media about the photographers’ unhealthy obsession with Taimur. It looks like things have taken a serious turn since the police too have taken note of the same. Meanwhile Taimur's immediate family has already made impassioned pleas to the media to stop chasing him around but unfortunately, the pleas have fallen on deaf ears. This is what the Khans and Kapoors have said about the paparazzi stalking Taimur.
1. Saif Ali Khan, Taimur's father
He recently expressed his displeasure about the way papparazzi are constantly exposing their flashbulbs at Taimur Ali Khan's eyes. He has already pleaded, "Bas karo yaar... Bachcha andha ho jayega..."
2. Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Taimur's mother
Kareena has expressed her deep concern about the way Taimur is constantly subjected to media attention. This is what she said:
“Taimur can’t run away from his popularity and neither can his parents. When I saw the doll, I wondered what I was supposed to say. But Saif pointed out that it is because people love him so much that these things are a blessing for him. There is so much genuine warmth for our son that it’s bad to stop people from clicking his pictures or making his dolls. But they should understand that he is a two-year-old child and needs a normal life. Both Saif and I are struggling to give him that and will continue to do so without telling the media to back off, no matter how annoying it gets after a point. It’s tough on him as it’s on Saif and me.”
3. Soha Ali Khan, Taimur's Maasi
Soha has expressed her deep concern that the pap culture is taking away the childhood innocence of the two kids, Taimur and Inaaya. This is what she said.
"I think Taimur is perhaps a more extreme case than Inaaya. I know he's often followed wherever he goes. With Inaaya, it's a little less but it's still worrying. I don't know what it is about these particular children or whether its star children that people have taken an interest in but I'm sure it's going to take away from their innocence," she said, adding, "I remember a huge part of my childhood being private. Things that I did that nobody knew about. And I think you're entitled to that."
4. Sharmila Tagore, Taimur's Daadi
Sharmila has openly criticised the way Taimur is being used as a piece of news when he doesn't even understand that he is being used in such a manner.
"He is just in pre-school and you are treating him like a star already. I don't know why you forget that he is not understanding what is happening around him," said Sharmila Tagore.
5. Ranbir Kapoor, Taimur's uncle
Ranbir Kapoor has minced no words that the constant media attention is not helping Taimur at all. He has also made it clear that the media should back off for a bit and let Taimur flourish as a child. "I love to see pictures of Taimur splashed across newspapers. People read everything that’s said about him with a lot of interest. But I am not too pleased about it. It is not healthy for a child to be noticed so much,” Ranbir said.