‘MY KIDS AREN’T SOME KIND OF A PROD­UCT’

Ak­shay Ku­mar doesn’t mind his kids get­ting clicked in­ad­ver­tently by pa­parazzi, but says that he will never bring them in front of the cam­era on pur­pose

HT City - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh [email protected]

Pho­tog­ra­phers click star kids be­cause their pic­tures sell, and news­pa­pers/ mag­a­zines print them. They aren’t do­ing it just for fun but be­cause they get money for it.

AK­SHAY KU­MAR, AC­TOR

It goes with­out say­ing that new-age film stars are con­stantly in the lime­light. In fact, pa­parazzi cul­ture has turned out to be one of the big­gest mod­ern-day va­garies vis-à-vis Bol­ly­wood. Now though, the fo­cus seems to have shifted a bit to­wards star kids such as Taimur Ali Khan, Suhana Khan, AbRam Khan and Laksshya Kapoor, among oth­ers. Ak­shay Ku­mar, whose daugh­ter, Ni­tara, 6, and son, Aarav, 16, are con­stantly un­der the spot­light, ad­mits that he would rather have none of it. “Mere bach­chon ke bahut kam [pa­parazzi] pho­tos aatein hai, but hon­estly speak­ing, I don’t like it [kids get­ting pho­tographed] at all. That’s why I try and hide my chil­dren as much as pos­si­ble,” he says.

Ad­ding that he doesn’t have any “prob­lem” with Aarav and Ni­tara get­ting clicked in­ad­ver­tently, the su­per­star says he would never do it de­lib­er­ately. “So, I will never bring my kids in front of the cam­era on pur­pose. I don’t want to turn them into prod­ucts of sorts. But if we go out and pho­tog­ra­phers hap­pen to spot us, they can take pic­tures,” says the Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha (2017) ac­tor, ad­ding: “They click star kids be­cause their pic­tures sell, and news­pa­pers/mag­a­zines print them. They aren’t do­ing it just for fun but be­cause they get money for it.”

At the same time, Ak­shay makes it clear that he doesn’t want pho­tog­ra­phers to be blamed for it. “I won’t say that they are ‘trou­bling’ any­one be­cause they have their own rea­sons for click­ing such pic­tures. And I can to­tally un­der­stand be­cause they get paid for them. As far as I am con­cerned, I am per­son­ally all for it. In fact, I al­ways read­ily pose for pho­tog­ra­phers and tell them to take good pic­tures,” he says, with a smile.

The Air­lift (2016) star says he doesn’t get both­ered about see­ing his pic­tures printed [in the me­dia]. “But if lens-men are mak­ing money, I am fine with it. I don’t know how much money they get [for pic­tures], but they work re­ally hard and keep at it, even if it means stand­ing [out­side air­ports, restau­rants or the­atres] and wait­ing for a re­ally long time,” he says.

In fact, on a lighter note, Ak­shay comes up with an in­ter­est­ing take on the en­tire thing. “I re­ally don’t know how they get to know where stars or their fam­ily mem­bers are head­ing. I as­sume that they have some kind of a ‘set­ting’ (laughs), wherein they in­vest money and pay cer­tain peo­ple to know about a star’s where­abouts,” he says.

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