Entertainment Desk: Relatively speaking, the paparazzi culture is a fairly recent development in India.
Just like it happens in the West, shutterbugs now station themselves day and night outside the airport, gyms, nightclubs, restaurants and celebrity homes in Mumbai.
In Saif Ali Khan's family, everyone is photographed, including his one-year-old son, Taimur. Saif told NDTV.com that he and his wife Kareena Kapoor expected this kind of reaction from the media when he was born. "Kareena and I knew there would be media interest in our son. It's hard to bring up kids without the attention; I don't know how he is going to react to the attention when he grows up."
Sara Ali Khan, Saif's daughter with his ex-wife Amrita Singh, is all set to make her debut in the movies but is already a celebrity on the social media with her fan following on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. "Sara is in her 20s; she is getting into the movies, she knows what she is getting into. She is an adult. Taimur has just started his life. It's important for us to make sure he grows up to be a balanced person. Hopefully, he will get used to it; I don't think he knows any better. He knows there are cameras pointing at him all the time," Said said.
Saif Ali Khan himself takes this new culture of cameras with a pinch of salt and never gives it too much attention. "I dress up for myself; I would be happy to dress up for them, I don't know who they are. If I'm going to the gym I will go in my shorts. I know I can dress well and badly. I don't want to be a model for dressing. I want to live my life the way I want to live."
While his wife Kareena's airport and gym looks are a rage on the social media, he has a different take on it. "I admire people who dress up all the time. I admire people who set trends. For me, these are not important things. I want the freedom to be the way I am. There might be a day I would wake up and say okay, I want to look smart today or there might be a day where I am like it's not a great day for me and I'll just wear a hat and sunglasses. The point is we are all are being photographed everywhere, a lot more than earlier. Photographers make money, they are not that intrusive, not yet!
They are not pointing into the bathroom. We get enough personal time. We just give them a pose ourselves then there is no drama. The relation is pretty much amicable till now."
risingbd/Dhaka/Jan 12, 2018/Nasim