Alia Bhatt, who earlier this year, had called out a media publication for clicking and publishing unauthorised pictures of her while she was at her home, opened up about her equation with the paparazzi during a recent interview with Vogue magazine. The actress shared a few instances where she felt that the paparazzi has also been “very respectful.” One such incident was when the paparazzi did not click her daughter Raha’s pictures at the Mumbai airport. “I genuinely believe that we are one industry. The paparazzi are like my work family and they have been very respectful. When I travelled back from London last month, all of them put their cameras away immediately at the airport. Not a single picture of Raha was circulated,” Alia Bhatt was quoted by Vogue as saying.
Last year, Alia Bhatt and her husband Ranbir Kapoor had especially met the paparazzi in Mumbai along with Neetu Kapoor and had requested the paparazzi for privacy and asked them not to click pictures of their daughter Raha.
About the February incident, where a paparazzo clicked an unauthorised picture of the actress, Alia said, “I did feel bad about the incident that took place in February, but I wish news portals picking up the image had been more mindful. I feel like websites sometimes don’t know what they’re picking up either. But I just wanted to highlight that they need to be a little more conscious when it comes to actors. There are cameras everywhere and it has become this unspoken rule that when we are in public, we are up for absolute consumption. We can’t stop that. But I think it’s fair for me to expect privacy in my own home. Honestly, there’s no beef, no angst, no upsetness. I said what I had to say and received a lot of support for it. And I think people also understood that what I was asking for wasn’t too much.”
Alia Bhatt, in a strongly-worded statement earlier this year, called out the publication for posting pictures of her without her consent and she tagged Mumbai Police in the post. She 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… I looked up and saw two men on the terrace of my neighbouring building with a camera right at me! In what world is this okay and allowed? This is a gross invasion of someone’s privacy and it’s safe to say all lines were crossed dat.”
After Alia Bhatt, several actors wrote about the invasion of their privacy, including Anushka Sharma, Sushmita Sen, Janhvi, Arjun Kapoor, filmmaker Karan Johar and film veteran Zeenat Aman.