Bollywood-related news thrives on the personal lives of celebrities same happened with Kareena Kapoor’s pregnancy. Every now and then, a headline will claim that certain actors and actresses are dating. This often baseless fact is based on the news that they starring in a movie together or that they were spotted grabbing a meal one time. Celebrities have commented many times how this type of news can be maligning and disrespectful. But, the questions get a bit more invasive when they are about the gender of your unborn child.
Getting through nine-months of hormonal changes, weight gain, growing stomach and so much more is hard-enough. Add to that all the camera flashes and inappropriate comments on the size of your tummy. It can be pretty frustrating and intrusive, to say the least.
Kareena Kapoor carried herself through the pregnancy with a lot of confidence and elegance. But, that was not a sign for the journalists to ask invasive questions. Recently, she opened up in an interview and revealed how inappropriate it was for people to stop her and ask about the gender of the baby and how it affected her. Before the pregnancy, the journalists used to sneak in a baby-related question. Once Kareena even retorted by saying that a woman is not limited to the role of being a mother.
Showing her displeasure over the news doing the rounds, a four-months pregnant Kareena said to Hindustan Times, “I’m pregnant, not a corpse. And what maternity break? It’s the most normal thing on earth to produce a child. It is high time the media back off, and stop treating me any different than I ever was. Anybody who is bothered shouldn’t work with me. But my work goes on as is, like always. Stop making it a national casualty.”
One would have hoped that all the rude meddling would stop once the baby arrived. But, that hope was quashed when cameras started following baby Taimur wherever he went. Saif was seen requesting the cameramen to turn off the flash as it would blind the poor child. Both parents even made a public appeal to the reporters to stop taking Taimur’s pictures as he was still very young and got scared of people surrounding him. But, the many recent pictures of Taimur on the internet suggest that that did not work.
There is always speculation around an actress’s career when she gets married or has a baby. It is often deemed to be the beginning of the end as the actress would focus on being a wife or a mother. But, that mindset has been ripped apart by actresses like Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor who continue to rule Bollywood after getting married and having a baby.
It wasn’t just Kareena or Saif that were subjected to the harassment. Saif Ali Khan’s sister, Soha Ali Khan was also asked about Kareena Kapoor’s pregnancy. But, she was having none of it and replied “Given that there’s so much scrutiny a celebrity is subjected to, I feel Kareena is handling all these baseless questions very well. It’s not anyone’s business to ask about baby’s gender. It’s outright indecent. People should strictly refrain from invading anyone’s privacy.” Although some people may have stopped hovering over the couple and the kid, you can still see interviews and news clipping of cameramen standing outside their house to click pictures of the baby or ask the parents invasive questions.