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  Media must respect Bachchan’s privacy!  
 

 

By: Ganesh Sovani
January 30, 2007
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(The author is an Advocate at the Bombay High Court)

Billed as the ‘most beautiful heroine’ to have ever graced Indian silver screen, Aishwarya Rai has finally got engaged to an icon of Bachchan family on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti, thereby ending to the speculation about the two which was making the headlines since an year ago.

No sooner two got engaged, our over enthusiastic media, more so our electronic media started running stories after stories on the two and substantial space on the front of our Tuesday’s newspapers were occupied with the ‘would be couple’. They also hit the headlines on the Australian news channel called ABC News as well.

Ever since this couple visited Kashi Vishweshar Temple in November, our media has been totally obsessed with them and one enthusiastic Hindi news channel (India TV) went to the extent of predicting that the marriage between the two might not turn out to be happier!

On one evening it started beaming the pictures by claming to be a ‘breaking news’ that one tantrik from Varanasi was performing pooja in a crematorium to thwart the possible evil forces which might befall on the Bachchan family as their would be bride was Manglik as per her astronomical charts!

It also went to the extent of predicting that if Aishwarya and Abhishek were to marry then it could spell a doom on senior Bachchan. It went on to add that their post-marital life would be topsy-turvy and they would get involved in lot of affairs.

All this was in an extremely bad taste, which might have justifiably prompted young Abhishek to lament media and question the media, if was also going to decide how many kids he should have and what should be their names, etc.

Now the details have started emerging as to how Aishwarya would be wearing a chudidar worth Rs. 2 lakhs (US $ 4,500!) and how expensive sarees the family members would be wearing. Some more stories have started appearing about their personal likes and dislikes which is quite nauseating.

The moot question is how far our media in general and the journalists who represent it in general should get involved and intrude in the personal affairs of the celebrities. The bubbling zest of paparazzi in Paris has already cost lives of Lady Diana in the Royal British family and also that of Dodi al Fayed, who was the only son of an Egyptian business tycoon.

As on the date, our country is grappling with numerous problems on various fronts notwithstanding with 8 % growth rate in GDP. Whatever transpires in the Bachchan’s and or Rai’s families henceforth would not be going to resolve our common man’s day-to-day problems and miseries. We all will have to perform and discharge all our daily chores, rituals, duties and responsibilities, irrespective of happenings in those two hotly debated families in India.

Hence, it is a high time that our media should become more sensible and maintain a self-restraint and let Aishwarya & Abhishek to lead their private life peacefully. The only thing, which we can do and which we must do, is to bless the duo and leave them alone.

Should it not do so, I am afraid it might make Mr. Amitabh Bachchan once affectionately called as an ‘angry man’ really angry!

Ganesh Sovani

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