DID YOU KNOW?
That Jhanvi Kapoor is dating this hot guy?
That Sarah Khan is probably dropping out of films because of her mother?
That Navya Naveli Nanda and Aryan Khan may be best friends or may be more than that?
That Aaliyah Kashyap and Jhanvi Kapoor are the newest BFFs in town?
Yes, we all know this. We have all read or seen these headlines, but not only that, we have been fed these lines time and again by the media, so much so that details about these ‘kids’ and their personal lives are at the tip of our tongues. And, why not? They are, after all, the future of Bollywood. But, are they?
While all of this is happening even before they’ve thought about entering the film industry, these kids are practically living in the public eye. Aren’t we giving them a little too much attention? From what they wear to what they say, from where they study or holiday to whom they party with, from who they are friends with to who will they probably date in the future. We have all this information, as and when we want. For any normal teenager this information would be termed as personal, but not for these kids. Just because their parents are famous personalities?
Star kids at this point in life are living in a space of pure bliss, they have everything they could have wished for, with a lavish lifestyle, the best education available to them and the best of the material world at their disposal. They even have a promising if not readymade career in front of them if they choose to enter the industry.
But is it fair to keep these kids in the limelight all the time? This limelight brings them into a constant pressure. Pressure that they may or may not be able or ready to handle. And it is only fair to not assume that they will be ready to handle these pressures just because they are born to famous parents. A star kid like any other teenager has certain dreams, aspirations and goals and at the same time they have their own set of anxieties and fears too. And all these natural factors are sure to play a role in what they do, what they wear, how they think and how they react. Like any other teenager they too are prone to mistakes and learn from these mistakes. But in their case, the mistakes are exaggerated and the consequences get amplified.
Media scrutiny today has reached such a level that no sense of privacy prevails even for common tea farmers of the country, let alone celebrities of the nation. And Bollywood being the biggest and the most glamorous industry in the country, it is even crucial for the media to keep abreast with the smallest updates of B-town. The paparazzi has access to the personal lives of these kids to such an extent that anything they do or say becomes breaking news. The media is scrutinising their lives so much that somewhere we have marked these kids as ‘Bollywood Ready’ and ‘not Bollywood Ready’.
So, what does this even mean? Does it mean dressing up right, showing up with the right people, taking the right pictures and putting them up in the right places, or saying the right things to create the right gossip?
And here we are, talking about teenagers who are probably trying to lead normal teenaged lives, and putting hanging them out to dry for everyone to see. We’re forcing them to grow up before they have grown up. Of course, as a voyeuristic people, we’re to blame for a lot of this. ‘Look! There goes Shah Rukh’s son!’ ‘I saw Hrithik’s son last night!’ But, isn’t it time we allowed them to decide who they’d like to be? Maybe Aryan Khan just wants to be Aryan Khan, and not Shah Rukh Khan’s son. And maybe, if we leave him alone, he might just be.