Thursday, December 01, 2005
Big B and Kat K
The Times of India does it again. Trust our trusted newspaper to do celeb-spotting at a hospital. A frail and weak superstar recuperating in a hospital makes for great front page stuff. Throw in a demure Katrina Kaif and you've got an eye-grabber.
TOI's offspring, Mumbai Mirror, was gracious and provided photos of the more boring and mundane fans - the usual pujari, knife-sharpener, etc - camping outside the hospital and praying, like all other Big B fans for his recovery.
But then what else would you expect ? Remember when The Economic Times had covered Dhirubhai Ambani's death and mixed mourning with celebrity-spotting ? Madhur Bhandarkar had a scene in his brilliant Page 3 on pretty much the same lines.
It's tempting to criticise the Times, but note that even Hindustan Times did the same thing. Yet they were kind enough to feature a motley crew of Akshay and Dimple, Vijaypat Singhania, Ajitabh and Swami Ramdeo Baba (!).
I'm sure we all want to know how our one true Indian Icon and superstar, the Big B, is doing. Just as I'm sure we all need to be comforted by seeing the beautiful women who visited him. Hey, why wait till Page 3, when you can catch it all on page 1 ?