After a kidnap attempt on filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala’s children last week, Mumbai police has asked celebrities not to pose for public pictures with their children, and to request the media not to use photographs of their kids, as it makes them more vulnerable to crime.
The potential kidnapper had gone to Mumbai’s Ecole Mondiale World School, where Nadidwala’s two children, aged 4 and 9, study. He tried luring them by saying that the kids’ mother had sent him to pick them up, and knew their names and family details well. The school’s security guards, however, did not send the kids with him. Incidentally, kids of actors Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar also study in the same school.
Celebrities have mixed reactions to the move. “I’m not going to live my life in fear and neither will my kids live a closed life. It’s the job of the police to take care of the bad elements in the society. But yes, as parents, we should ensure that there is a proper drop and pick-up for them. You should not leave kids alone, there should be a nanny. As for privacy, anyone can google celeb kids. It shows up on Facebook, tagged on many pages,” says actor Pooja Bedi, mother of two.
Former VJ and wife of actor Arshad Warsi, Maria Goretti says, “This incident is shocking. I try to keep my kids out of media reach but you can’t do that all the time ... you do take them out and try to give them a normal life. Shielding and protecting is okay just as all other parents would, but after a point it’s undoable.”
Filmmaker Vipul Shah, however, thinks this is a good measure. “I’ve always kept my kids away from the media not just for security reasons, but also to protect their young minds from getting too much attention. So I think this advisory is in the best interest of the kids,” he says.