Aren't there more imp things in the world than the Shahid-Kareena pictures, ask industry people.

By Manisha Deshpande
12/16/2004 12:00:00 AM
The pictures and video clippings of Shahid Kapur and Kareena  published by Mid-day, and subsequently blown up on all the satellite channels, have brought about strong reactions from various people in the industry, who feel that people in public life have to pay a big price for the fame and popularity that films give them. "Being famous has its own advantages and disadvantages but like celebrities, the media also has a responsibility towards society. The manner in which the issue is being blown out of proportions is definitely in bad taste," says director Tanuja Chandra  who is surprised at the way the issue is being blown out of proportions on the satellite channels. "On one side they are denouncing the whole incident and on the other hand they are actually subscribing to it in order to promote their television channels. It gives the impression that kissing is a phenomenon that only has just been discovered. Moreover, I and the rest of the people in the film fraternity are surprised that channels should stoop down on giving as many as ten minutes to such clippings when there are far more important things happening in the world," she adds. There are others who feel that being a public figure is more of a liability than an asset. According to celebrated photographer and video-director Jagdish Mali, father of actress Antara Mali, he has seen a number of stars including his own daughter having to go through a lot of inconvenience for being a public figure. "They lose out on all the pleasures of day-to-day life. They cannot even go to a cinema without being mobbed. Even when it comes to traveling they are left with no other alternative other than boarding a special flight. The paparazzi is waiting for the moment to record the slightest slip-up on their part. I have seen stars going through nightmares when they are hounded by the media for days together for a small oversight," recalls Mali. It remains to be seen how far the incident affects their image and whether it is likely to have any repercussions on the box-office response of their forthcoming films.