February 22, 2023: Alia Bhatt was furious after a few photographers clicked pictures of her while she was inside her house. She took to Instagram to slam the paparazzi and spoke about how it was ’invasion of privacy’. In the photos, the actress was seen sitting inside her home. It was clicked through zoom lens from an adjoining building. In her post, Alia also tagged the Mumbai Police and wrote that she felt like she was being watched. When she looked up from her balcony, she saw two photographers clicking her from the top of a neighbouring building. Several celebrities came out in Alia Bhatt’s support and recalled similar experiences.
Alia Bhatt, who seldom lashes out at people, took to her Instagram stories and 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 over me. I looked up and saw two men on the terrace of the neighbouring building with a camera right at me. In what world is this okay and is this allowed? This is a gross invasion of someone’s privacy. There’s a line that you must not cross, and it is safe to say that all lines were crossed today (sic).” She also shared the pictures that were clicked of her.
Janhvi Kapoor also shared how she too faced a similar situation. She wrote on her Instagram stories, “This is disgustingly intrusive. This publication has repeatedly done things like this. Including, despite my continuous requests, photographed me unaware; inside the gym I go to while working out through the glass door.
In a space that is supposed to be private, where one does not anticipate to get photographed. I understand showing up to places, and in plain sight doing your job. Where there is a mutual understanding of the job of the photographers, and the job and requirements of being a public figure. This stealthiness, zooming into someone’s private space without their consent or even awareness and calling it exclusive as if it’s a journalistic accomplishment is far from it (sic).”
Taking to her Instagram Stories, Anushka Sharma also shared how she faced something similar with her daughter Vamika’s pics.
She wrote, "This is not the first time they are doing this. About two years ago we called them out for the same reason! You’d think it would have made them more respectful of peoples space and privacy. Absolutely shameful! They were also the only guys posting photos of our daughter despite repeated requests (sic)."
Arjun Kapoor termed this ’stalking’. He wrote on his Instagram stories, "Absolutely shameless. This is crossing all limits if a woman isn’t feeling safe in her own home forget if she is a public figure or not for a second any sane person who takes photographs of public figures for a living needs to know that this is pathetic conduct & these are people in the media we have trusted and shown implicit faith in believing they are here to do a job not to make women feel unsafe or invade one’s privacy. This is nothing short of stalking @mumbaipolice (sic)."
Karan Johar also wrote, “There is no justification to this absolutely disgusting invasion of privacy. Everyone from the entertainment industry is always for the media and the paparazzi and are accommodating ... but there HAS to be a LIMIT.... This is about anyone’s right to feel safe in their own homes! This is not about actors or celebrities it’s a basic human right (sic)!!!!”
Swara Bhasker also called out the portal and wrote, “Alia Bhatt is right. This is sickening (sic).”
Alia Bhatt would soon be seen in her debut Hollywood project. Titled Heart of Stone, the actress will be seen alongside Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan in the actioner. She also has Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani opposite Ranveer Singh. Directed by Karan Johar, the film also stars Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi in key roles.
Courtesy: India Today