I generally do not like posting photographs of underage celebrity children, especially unauthorized ones but since the afore published picture was posted by a consenting mother via Twitter, I guess it can be considered fair game. Lara Dutta (pictured here with daughter Saira) during a recent visit to the Great Wall of China is currently being praised for among other things showing her baby’s face to the world & strapping on her own baby (unlike most rich Indian mothers who would have a maid do it) or so I read from one fan who responded to her tweeted picture. Others (you guessed it) have turned this into yet another opportunity to launch a negative campaign against other recent Bollywood mothers like Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan (of course) and Shilpa Shetty who have been photographed in the same manner albeit hiding the faces of their respective children from the paparazzi’s glare. By now, anybody who still cares has already seen the so-called first pictures of Rai-Bachchan’s daughter Aaradhya which were taken by famed Indian paparazzo Viral Bhayani last month while the actress was leaving Mumbai Airport for New York City. If you haven’t seen them yet, I am in no way encouraging it but if you are that curious…google is your best friend. Shetty on the other hand who (might I remind everybody) has appeared in an ad-campaign for stem-cell research (presumably with a baby who looks like her son) was photographed just this past weekend arriving at Jodhpur airport with a white cloth (again, google) covering her son, Viaan’s face.
Shetty’s reason for doing so is known only to her but those who are attacking her for covering her son’s face should refer to her photo advertisement for CordLife™ in which you can apparently see her son’s face. Even Dutta who received mostly praise for showing off her baby (at the same airport as Shetty this past weekend) as well as in the Great Wall photo received some criticism from detractors who believe she is using her baby as a cheap publicity stunt to keep her name in the media. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. However, people should respect the fact that all these women have their own sense of “normalcy” and will conduct their lives according to what they deem appropriate and comfortable.
Yes, they are celebrities and a portion of their lives belongs to the world but that does not mean they are not entitled to their own privacy and personal judgment calls. If one mother prefers to show off her child, that’s entirely up to that mother and if another prefers to shield her child, that as well is entirely up to that mother.