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Alia Bhatt calls out paparazzi for invading her privacy

She also tagged the Mumbai Police in her post
Photo via Instagram/Alia Bhatt
Photo via Instagram/Alia Bhatt

Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt has called out a prominent Indian news website for crossing the line and invading her privacy by posting secret photos of her, taken by paparazzi, from a neighboring building while she was at home.

The Gangubai Kathiawadi actor re-shared the post on her Instagram story and said that she was in her living room when she felt someone was watching her.

“I looked up and saw two men on the terrace of my neighboring building with a camera right at me!” she wrote.

“In what world is this okay and allowed? This is a gross invasion of someone’s privacy! There’s a line you just cannot cross and it’s safe to say all lines were crossed today!” She also tagged the Mumbai Police in her post.

The next day, news agency ANI tweeted, “Mumbai Police has contacted actor Alia Bhatt & asked her to file a complaint in the matter where a photographer clicked her private pictures & these pictures were published on an online portal. The actor has told police that her PR team is in touch with the concerned portal: Police.”

Alia’s mother and sister also took to their Instagram stories to express anger over the situation. Alia’s mother, actress Soni Razdan wrote, “Shocked and dismayed at this blatant disregard for a person’s privacy. Are we really turning into ‘that country’ now? Where all our cultural norms simply cease to exist when it comes to ‘getting the picture’? Hope someone can address this and fast!

Bhatt’s sister, Shaheen Bhatt, posted an Instagram story and asked if it’s appropriate for people to point zoom lenses into homes while hiding in neighboring buildings in the name of “content”.

“Grown men. With cameras. hiding across the road. Taking surreptitious photos of an UNAWARE woman. Without her CONSENT. In her HOME. The fact that the person in the photo is a celebrity does not somehow make this okay. If this was any other situation, with any other person, this would be considered harassment and a complete assault on privacy. Which is what it is. The lack of basic human decency is honestly terrifying,” she wrote.

Actor Anushka Sharma reposted Alia Bhatt’s Instagram story and shared her own experience. She said that this is not the first time the paparazzi are doing this. “About two years ago we called them out for the same reason! You’d think it would have made them more respectful of people’s space and privacy. Absolutely shameful!”

She said that the same publication had been sharing photos of her and Virat Kohli’s daughter, Vamika, without their consent even after the couple had repeatedly requested the media to not share their daughter’s photos.

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