Kolkata: Over the last few years, whenever a celebrity has his share of brush with the law, he wastes no time to pass the buck to the media. One expression that has become a household name is Media Trial.
Look back and there is a plethora of examples of renowned personalities showing their displeasure at us journalists as if we are some unscrupulous elements.
Bollywood has-been (no qualms on this moniker) Shilpa Shetty Kundra is no exception. In the news for her husband Raj Kundra’s alleged involvement in a porn racket, the Baazigar actress grinds no words when it comes to holding the journalistic fraternity responsible for being harsh on her family and her vis-a-vis the case.
In an official statement, she shares her agony over the tumult she is being ‘subjected’ to (perhaps for no rhyme or reason). Understood! But what is our fault? Does she expect us to refrain from reporting on her husband’s arrest on grounds of empathy towards her?
Does she imply we journos should not drag her into this mess? Madame, we are not, to be honest. Never have we passed a verdict nor have we been judgemental on the matter that is throwing newer angles every now and then. For your kind information, we are only trying to state facts depending on the leads we are fed with.
How on earth can you blame us for running a parallel trial which according to you is augmenting your turmoil? Dear Shilpa, to put things straight, we do not have the authority to pass a judgement, the courts have and as you rightly point out, the matter is sub judice.
You are talking about half-baked information that casts unwarranted aspersions on you – could you kindly clarify on this? Do you mean, the media lacks credibility? Nowhere does your statement use the term ‘a section’, so we are well within our rights to conclude you are taking jibes at the entire media. But why? The entire process of drawing sympathy trading guns on us is reprehensible.
To be fair, it may not be prudent to turn a blind eye to the fact that as a loyal wife you were oblivious to the business dealings of your hubby. But we are leaving it to the investigators to trace that out – it could be a possibility that Raj kept you in the dark if at all he indulged in any wrongful activity (again we are not convicting your husband but drawing an alternative). The law should take its own course, yet your fulminations are more of an emotional outburst bereft of logic.
You could have set an example by maintaining a stoic silence on the issue instead of joining the team of popular figures who upbraid journalism at the drop of a hat.
Shilpa, we understand what you are going through – it’s tough to endure so much of censure, yet not only as a law-abiding citizen but also a responsible icon, you could have forborne from taking up the cudgels against the media. The decision to move court against some journalists is yours, we do not intend to poke our nose into it, but where do you stand if your husband is finally held guilty by the judiciary? Would you still continue with your tirade against the fourth estate?
We are not aware of how your so-called (not so) well wishers have denigrated you, but on behalf of all responsible journalists, the message should be crystal clear and point blank – there is absolutely no personal vendetta, we are just discharging our responsibilities diligently.
May the Almighty give you the strength to tide over this crisis but let TRUTH prevail.