On social media, the entire Bollywood felt disgust and horror after a media portal shared photos of Alia Bhatt sitting inside her home, taken with a zoom lens from an adjoining building. Anushka Sharma and Janhvi Kapoor have spoken out about their own comparable experiences, accusing the media outlet of invading their privacy. The incident has been described as “shameful” by Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, and Swara Bhasker.
Anushka highlighted on her Instagram Stories how the media portal did something similar with her daughter Vamika’s photos. “This is not the first time they have done this,” she wrote. We called them out for the same reason about two years ago! You’d think it would have taught them to be more considerate of other people’s space and privacy. Absolutely shameful! They were also the only guys posting photos of our daughter despite repeated requests.”
Janhvi Kapoor also revealed her experience with a similar issue when the media portal posted photos of her taken through the glass door while she was working out inside the gym. “This is disgustingly intrusive,” she commented on her Instagram Stories. This publication has done similar things before. Including, despite my repeated pleas, photographing me when I was unaware; inside the gym I go to while working out via the glass door. In a place where one does not expect to be photographed.”
She continued to criticise the media portal for their “journalistic accomplishment” in her letter, saying, “I understand turning up to places and performing your job in open sight. a situation where both the photographers’ profession and the obligations of being a public figure are understood on both sides. It is not at all a journalistic success to zoom in on someone’s private place without asking permission or even letting them know and then call it exclusive.
It was described as a stalker event by Arjun Kapoor. Totally shameless, he wrote on his Instagram Stories.
This is exceeding all bounds. Any sane person who photographs public figures for a living needs to know that this is pathetic conduct because if a woman doesn’t feel safe in her own home, it shouldn’t matter if she is a public figure or not. These are people in the media who we have implicit faith in because we believe they are here to do a job, not to harass women or invade their privacy. Nothing short of stalking @mumbaipolice is going on here.
“There is no excuse for this completely horrible breach of privacy,” Karan Johar added. Everyone in the entertainment world is constantly friendly to the media and the paparazzi… but there has to be a LIMIT…. Anybody has the right to feel safe in their own houses! This isn’t about actors or superstars; it’s about a fundamental human right!!!!”
Swara Bhasker also mentioned the portal. “This is a heinous and criminal invasion of @aliabhatt’s privacy, and it is completely unacceptable. “You should be ashamed,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories.
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