This Article is From Aug 24, 2016

When Cameras Get Too Close: Rani Mukerji Yells at Paparazzi Snapping Daughter

When Cameras Get Too Close: Rani Mukerji Yells at Paparazzi Snapping Daughter

Rani Mukerji photographed at the Mumbai airport.


  • Rani reportedly yelled at photographers trying to click Adira's pictures
  • Of particular concern is when paparazzi take pictures of children
  • Amitabh Bachchan also shared an anecdote
New Delhi: Bollywood seems to be struggling for composure and equilibrium in the face of a rising paparazzi culture. Actress Rani Mukerji reportedly found herself in difficulties at Mumbai airport recently, when assembled photographers tried to take pictures of her eight-month-old daughter Adira, reports mid-day.

Rani, 38, yelled at the lensmen, demanding they stop snapping her young daughter, mid-day reports. 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.

"There are several fake accounts that keep cropping up. We would like to request you to not pay any heed to them or the content they put up as it is all fake," said the actress' representative when the picture was circulated.

Rani Mukerji and Yash Raj boss Aditya Chopra, who married in April 2014, are only the latest celebs to have objected to having a photo taken.

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 on Monday.

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 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.

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."

How alarming the crush of a photo-hungry can be was demonstrated recently when Aishwarya's mother Brinda Rai fell while exiting Mumbai airport with her daughter.

Aishwarya's in-laws, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, have both had unpleasantly close encounters with intrusive photographers recently. Two days ago, Mr Bachchan tweeted about his picture being taken by an insistent pap despite a plea to the contrary: "Your photographer printed picture which I requested not to because look was being guarded by clients. The photographer promised me he would not click! I told him I shall give pictures when shoot is over! Still? You write I avoided pictures. NO, requested not to later gave pictures in normal dress, you write negative! NOT ETHICAL"

Mr Bachchan later received a graceful apology, which he posted on Facebook.

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