You may have already come across Taimur’s doll that is now doing the rounds on social media. A photo of a doll resembling the celeb kid, dressed in a white kurta pyjama and a blue Nehru jacket and labeled ‘Taimur’, was recently shared by producer Ashvini Yardi on social media. While netizens haven’t stopped gushing about it, some have also criticised it as ‘creepy’.
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Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s son has been a rage for quite some time now, thanks to the paparazzi that stalks and captures each of his actions regularly. In fact, his photos are the most valued among photographers, Saif had revealed in a recent episode of Karan Johar’s chat show.
Another social-media user also pointed out that the photo shared by Yardi gives a glimpse of a doll based on another celeb kid, AbRam, although we can’t say for sure.
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Will parents buy a Taimur doll? “Are you kidding me? I will never buy. Dolls are great but I’ll rather buy blocks and puzzles as it can keep my child entertained for long,” said mother Sonya Caroline Shah, whose baby daughter turned one recently. Priyanka Mishra Thakur, mother to a two-and-a-half months old baby girl added, “I would not purchase any look alike doll of Taimur. My child shouldn’t fall into the trap of delusional comparisons with a star kid.”
Before Taimur and AbRam’s doll hitting the market, there have been several other dolls of Bollywood icons, for instance, including that of Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, and also Narendra Modi and Trumpy bear, among others, granting people a sense of greater proximity. The same rule applies to B-Town kids, except they are a manifestation of the iconic status as well as the speculation surrounding a baby.
Photos and videos of babies have always garnered immense affection from people and when it come to celeb kids, the country’s crazy obsession with them is not unknown, especially if they hail from the biggest Bollywood dynasties like that of King Khan or the Pataudi family. The kids are no less popular than their parents, with many of them already learning the art of handling media attention at such an early age.
But what do the kids owe their popularity too? “The kids of course haven’t done anything great yet. But they wear the weight of genealogy. Taimur comes from the Pataudi family. So, he carries the halo of three generations. These celeb babies have total potential and generate a lot speculation about what they do and what they would become in future, leading to a tremendous sense of excitement,” sociologist Shiv Visvanathan told Express Parenting.
Babies are not treated as just another human being. They are idealised in our country. “In India, babies are not treated as just babies. They are the first VIPs. Come to think of it, no one really talks normally to a baby. A baby is an inflated creature and the first icon. We worship babies in the country, preferably males. And Taimur’s doll is a perfect example,” he explained.
Celebrities, especially those from tinsel town, are not just regarded as actors but are revered as idols. Social media has enabled greater accessibility to these idols, offering us a better sneak-peek into their lives. Vishvanathan relates this craze over celeb videos, pictures and gossip to a sense of voyeurism. “A celebrity gives you a sense of involvement with the public images of the time. There’s almost a sort of voyeurism to it, which is becoming the substitute to public involvement,” he said. As part of the lineage, celeb babies eventually become “potent brand names,” added Vishvanathan.