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Privacy vs Paparazzi: Are Celebrities Entitled To Me Time?

With the expansion of social media, the scope of privacy for any celebrity has reduced exponentially.

Aanchal Sharma

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Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapur's pictures went viral on social media
Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapur's pictures from secret trip went viral on social media. (Image: Instagram)

THE rise of paparazzi culture has seen a surge in the past few years, thanks to social media platforms. Pictures and videos of our favorite celebrities from any corner of the world surface online every now and then, giving us updates about where they are and what they are up to.

While celebrities enjoy being loved and swayed off their feet by the love of their fans wherever they go, the tricky part is that they are always in the public eye; whether they like it or not. The paparazzi can go to any extent to capture audiences’ favorite stars and get them a closer look of their idols.

Privacy: A Luxury That Evades Celebs

Recently, pictures of Aditya Roy Kapur and Ananya Panday vacationing in Spain went viral on social media. The rumored love birds were seen cuddling and enjoying a sunset together. When their fans asked for pictures, the duo graced them with solo shots. While the images are definitely intriguing and make for trending searches, it also poses a question: are celebrities entitled to a personal time off? 

It seems that privacy for celebrities is a luxury that often evades them. The non-consensual invasion of celebrity privacy continues to thrive in different forms; be it tabloids sharing pictures of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s Ibiza vacation to fans entering Virat Kohli’s hotel room and even paparazzi going to the extent of clicking Alia Bhatt’s pictures from inside her home.

Celebs Calling Out Paps Culture

Celebrities have often taken a stand on their privacy being invaded and slammed the rising paps culture for not allowing them to have a personal space. When fans of Virat entered his hotel room and left it in an appalling state, the actor took to social media to pen a long note.

Sharing a video on Instagram to voice his dissent over fans entering his hotel room, the cricketer wrote, “I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favorite players and get excited to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that. But this video here is appalling and it’s made me feel very paranoid about my privacy.”

He further added, “If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all?? I’m NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment.”

Alia Bhatt too didn’t hold back from publicly slamming the paps culture and breach of her privacy when a cameraperson clicked her pictures while she was at her home with her newborn child. Sharing pictures published by the media house, Alia wrote, “Are you kidding me? I was at my house having a perfectly normal afternoon sitting in my LIVING ROOM when I felt something watching me.”

Alia Bhatt Instagram Story
Alia Bhatt shared a note slamming invasion of privacy. (Image: Instagram)

She further added, “I looked up and saw two men on the terrace of my neighboring building with a camera right at me! In what world is this okay and allowed? This is a gross invasion of someone’s privacy! There’s a line you just cannot cross and it’s safe to say all lines were crossed today! @mumbaipolice.”

Celebs Have The Rights To Privacy Too

All Indians, including top celebrities have the right to privacy under the law. While some consent to getting photographed with their kids and families, others are subjected to non-consensual pictures at odd hours or during a secret vacation. The scope of protection for their personal lives is narrow. With a majority part of their lives open to the public galore, celebs often try to protect their personal interests and like keeping it strictly private. 

With the expansion of social media, the scope of privacy for any celebrity has reduced exponentially. But the realization that celebrities too deserve to have those boundaries respected as everyone else does is still far off.

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