American singer-actor Miley Cyrus recently vowed to never walk the red carpet again. And the 23-year-old Wrecking Ball hitmaker stuck to her guns at the world premiere for TV series, Crisis In Six Scenes, in New York on Thursday.
But why ditch the red carpet? In an interview with Elle magazine, Miley — who was promoting the film, A Very Murray Christmas — had said, “Why, when people are starving, am I on a carpet that’s red? Because I’m important? Because I’m famous? That’s not how I roll. It’s like a skit, it’s like Zoolander.”
Ever since, image consultants are debating if this would impact Miley’s career. We ask Bollywood celebs if they agree with her, and can ditching the red carpet mar one’s popularity.
Sushmita Sen, actor
Good for Miley Cyrus if that’s what she wants! In any case, celebs walking the red carpet is never to be confused with it being their fame quotient. Carpets don’t make celebrities, no matter what the colour.
Neha Dhupia, actor
I think it’s totally bizarre. I don’t think there is any connection, but to each his own. However, you got to respect an artist like her because she is successful and she knows where she is coming from. It sounds like she is coming from a place of consciousness and fatigue. I don’t think anybody’s career is made or ditched on the red carpet but if you are an actor and you have the responsibility of walking on the red carpet, you make sure you get your A-game on and do it professionally.
I don’t understand the relation between red carpet and other bigger issues around the world. Today, we have an audience that listens to us because we are a public figure and this comes as a part and parcel of that.
Esha Gupta, actor
Red carpet is an old cliché. It’s more about the event in question. Red carpet is important, but now the paparazzi treats the streets like the red carpet. So being ‘seen’ isn’t an issue.
Kunal Kohli, filmmaker
So many films are over-promoted and still don’t do well and some films which are reasonably promoted manage a good opening. The audience decides about the film after watching a good trailer and the vibe of the film. Not by whether you are walking a red carpet or going to a mall. That won’t get the audience coming to the theatre.
Atul Kasbekar, celebrity photographer
Photographer Atul Kasbekar says the aura and respect of an artist is not diminished if they don’t walk the red carpet.
There are some people who become famous for becoming famous and there are other who become famous for their substance. The aura and respect of an artist is not diminished if they don’t walk the red carpet. But for those who are not solid in what they do, all these add-ons help.