Preity Zinta Lashes Out at Paparazzi: "Is Work Beyond Manners?"

Preity Zinta Lashes Out at Paparazzi: 'Is Work Beyond Manners?'

Preity Zinta photographed in Mumbai.


  • Preity Zinta was "scared" by assembled photographers at the airport
  • Sure there is a polite way to ask for a photo, she tweeted
  • She also invoked an earlier mishap involving Aishwarya Rai's mother
New Delhi: Actress Preity Zinta may have had a smooth flight back home but her exit from the city airport wasn't a cakewalk. The 41-year-old actress was "scared" by assembled photographers who tried to take pictures of her. Preity revealed her latest tryst with the paparazzi on Twitter:

Preity's tweets invited backlash from the Internet but she was in no mood to give up:

Then someone suggested an alternate travel destination:

To this she said:

Some fans agreed with Preity and said she has a right to privacy, celebrity or not. Some also said that because she's a celebrity it's bound to happen. And Preity replied:

Preity also invoked a recent incident when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's mother Brinda Rai fell while exiting Mumbai airport with her daughter.

Bollywood seems to be struggling for composure and equilibrium in the face of a rising paparazzi culture. Apart from Preity, celebs like Rani Mukerji, Akshay Kumar and Jaya Bachchan have also objected the paparazzi invasion.

In August, Rani Mukerji reportedly yelled at photographer who tried to take pictures of her eight-month-old daughter Adira. Rani, 38, snapped at the lensmen, demanding they stop snapping her young daughter. Adira, born to Rani and Aditya Chopra in December 2015, has been fiercely shielded from the public gaze so far. A picture purporting to be of her appeared on social media a month or so ago and were later revealed to be a fake.

Of particular concern is when, as here, photographers attempt to take pictures of the celebrity's young child or children. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna are careful to keep their three -year-old daughter Nitara's face hidden from waiting cameras as in these pictures taken of them.

Akshay Kumar photographed with his daughter Nitara in Mumbai.

Aishwarya, whose daughter Aaradhya is a frequent travel companion, talked about the effect of being faced with a bank of cameras on her four-year-old. "Journalists can, of course, take photos. These are people we know and we are all from the industry, I know how it works. Sometimes, they don't mean to scare the child but in the ruckus, they start screaming and shouting. All this can be a little too much for the child," Aishwarya told Hindustan Times.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan photographed with her daughter Aaradhya.

Speaking of a time Aaradhya was photographed throwing tantrums, Aishwarya said: "At one point when we were walking, she was in a great mood, even as people clicked pictures. She was laughing and saying something funny. But, when people started caving in, I had to pick her up because she is too tiny to handle all that. I had to steer my way through the crowd. It is just a protective instinct, I keep her close."

Recently, Jaya Bachchan too became quite enraged after the crowd at an art exhibition event in Mumbai refused to stop photographing her after being asked not to.