Just recently headlines broke out announcing that the stylish and talented Rani Mukherjee had a hush-hush engagement with the intelligent and versatile director and producer Adtiya Chopra. Rumors even had it that Anupam Kher and a few from the film fraternity had attended this quiet affair. However, at the end of the day all the rumors were announced false and the prominent and well respected Bollywood Director and legend Yash Chopra declared that no such engagement had taken place. But was it very fair for such rumors to spread? Is it okay for the media to give fire to such rumors? What kind of an affect does such coverage have on the life of the individuals involved?
We caught up with the suave and good looking television actor Rajeev Khandelwal who speaks his heart out on this issue as he says, “I don’t know how much about the Rani-Adi story and whether it was true or not. However I don’t believe in the rumors or speculations that are passed off by the media until the people concerned do not issue their statements.”
Furthermore, regarding the ethics of media he states, “Do ethics in any industry exist? Yes, the media should be more responsible and accountable for they have the power to influence the public psyche. But I guess every industry is governed by one principle: SELLING! I wonder whether the scenario will ever change but the power lies with the readers, the public!”
And perhaps the more important underlying question for us as the public is that should we be taking so much interest in a celebrity’s personal life? Take for example the recent Abhi-Ash wedding that turned out to become the overhauled news item for every single media outlet. From who designed Ashwariya’s outfits to where the Mehendi was coming from and to trying to cover the wedding by getting behind the scenes photographs, the media really dug deep into the Bachchan wedding affair. However at the end of the day where do we draw the line? When is it too much?
And there are many such questions that are to be answered by us – the consumers of media. So Jaanta Janardan as the well versed Rajeev Khandelwal stated, the power truly lies in OUR hands….