Katrina Kaif recently made headlines when a leading magazine published her bikini pictures. The actress was snapped holidaying in Spain with her rumoured boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.
The duo,who have never openly declared their relationship,seemed to be enjoying a sunny day at the beach on their Spanish holiday.
However,Katrina Kaif was not pleased at all with this “invasion of privacy” as she puts it.
Katrina,who has just returned from Sri Lanka after spending quality time with Ranbir,has sent an open letter to the media with an appeal that all media running the pictures of her Spanish escapades refrain from doing so.
“I am writing this to say that I feel most upset,distressed and invaded at my pictures published in a film magazine (and which were carried by other media). The pictures were taken while I was on holiday by someone who,in an act of cowardice,has shot without permission and then used the pictures for commercial gain,” she wrote in her letter.
“There is a breed of journalism that preys on celebrities in the worst possible manner crossing all lines of privacy and decency. Running these pictures shows support for this school of journalism.”
“I request that all media running these pictures please refrain from doing so. I have a wonderful relationship with the media and have been accessible to the media at all times. There is no reason for this furtive and invasive behaviour,” her letter further read.
On the flip side though,Ram Kamal Mukherjee,Editor of Stardust Magazine,which had published Ranbir-Katrina holiday pics,disagreed with Katrina.
On asked about how Stardust managed to get the private moments on camera,Ram reveals the pictures were clicked in Spain by an international photographer.
Katrina and Ranbir were spending sometime on the beach,indulging in some water sports.
When asked if Ram Kamal had a response to Katrinas letter,the editor replied: “I read Katrina’s letter today. The pictures that were taken were not in bad taste. She looks fantastic. She was wearing a bikini and she looked good. She has a lovely face. She was on a holiday and she was in a happy space,she should not feel bad. Ranbir,who was snapped in shorts also looked happy,” said Ram.
“If she’s terming it as yellow journalism,I dont agree. Journalism is journalism. Basically,kill the message,not the messenger,” he said.
“Also I would like to say,in the article that accompanied the pictures,we did not write anything judgmental about her appearance or her as a person. We just said that they were in love and looked happy. We did not write anything indecent. She is a woman and we respect her.”
The paparazzi trend being huge in the west,Ramkamal hopes that India catches on.
“I think in terms of entertainment,this is the first paparazzi celebrity incident. Usually,it is mostly planned. If a certain actor is traveling,on arriving at the airport,he or she is sure that atleast one photographer will be present. So they are always guarded. So you dont get to see the intimacy. However,this time,both of them have been snapped in their element.”
Apart from the obvious negative reaction from stars,the editor did take the time to mention the pitfalls of this so called ‘invasive journalism’ saying,”Celebrities do not like to be clicked without their makeup. They always want the perfect frame. Many photographers are afraid to get into their bad books,for fear of the star not interacting or posing for them in the future. However,celebrities need to figure out what paparazzi journalism really is.”
When asked if this took invasive journalism a notch higher,much to the discomfort of the celebrity,Ram replied,Once you become a public figure,people are bound to intrude into your public space. When it comes to politics,a number of scams have been exposed through under-cover operations. Tehelka was the first to conduct these sting operations
Lastly,Ram Kamal Mukherjee wrapped up by saying Stardust had has always been bold. Even 40 years,ago we were daring and will continue to do so. He also hopes that many other media publications will follow in the footsteps of Stardust.