Riteish Deshmukh on his kids being papped: No child should feel special amidst other kids

Updated on Mar 25, 2019 06:22 PM IST

Actor Riteish Deshmukh raises a pertinent point explaining why paparazzi should not follow kids everywhere. He also adds that he has nothing against them as they are doing their job

Riteish feels that children, when young, should be left to themselves.(Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Riteish feels that children, when young, should be left to themselves.(Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By, New Delhi

Riteish Deshmukh has nothing against paparazzi clicking photos of his children and he doesn’t shy away from admitting that the culture has become part and parcel of their lives. However, the actor raises a pertinent point, which he says is essential when it comes to clicking children everywhere, and how in a way the pap culture might affect in their upbringing. According to Riteish, kids, in their growing up years, “should learn what is right and not lose their focus.”

Explaining his point of view, the father of two sons, Riaan (5) and Rahyl (3), says, “I think my child should be special in my eyes and someone else’s children should be special to their eyes and not to everyone. No child should feel special amidst other kids as that might give them wrong aspirations. I feel that should not happen.”

Talking more about the paparazzi culture, the actor shares that clicking photos of children is fine but not anywhere and everywhere, as one needs their space. “When they are going to school for example, one should avoid following them there to click photos. There are kids as well at the same place and they might have problem. I feel certain limitations are required. At the same time, I think people are doing their duty so they can’t be blamed,” he adds.

Riteish also feels that children, when young, should be left to themselves. Asked how he plans to explain the paparazzi culture to his kids when they grow up, Riteish says there’s “no such set ideas” that he and wife, Genelia D’Souza, have in mind as parents. “They [my kids] will find their own path. We are always there to support them of course. I think right now they just need to concentrate on things that make them happy.”

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    Shreya Mukherjee is a senior content producer at Hindustan Times. She has spent over eight years covering entertainment, features and hard-news. When not writing, her passion for travel, literature, films and music gets her going.

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