Post the sudden and shocking death of Sidharth Shukla, his colleagues from the entertainment industry like Vikas Gupta and Kushal Tandon have expressed disgust at those who have been jostling to make their presence felt at the deceased actor’s residence.
Actor Karenvir Bohra, a friend of Sidharth, sees the situation in another perspective. “I don’t see these people’s concern as a publicity ploy. I am moved that even those who didn’t know Sidharth are visiting his mother, posting their condolences, and sending their prayers on social media. To me, this proves how much Sidharth was loved. He was very popular. His going has made a lot of difference to his fans and wellwishers. Why presume that your concern is genuine while others are fake?”
Karenvir feels Sidharth’s family needs the human touch at this moment of crisis. “Even if it comes from strangers, it is welcome. During bereavement the family likes to hear kind words about the one who is gone. Why are we casting aspersions on simple heartfelt gestures of kindness?”
Karenvir lashes out at the more intrusive sections of the media after Sidharth Shukla’s demise. “If you ask me, the ones actually trying to make mileage out of the tragedy are mediapersons, some photographers who think they have the right to shoot any one’s private moment just because they have a camera. I think shooting Shehnaaz Gill’s [Sidharth's lady love] private moments of grief on the phone and outing it on the internet reeks of insensitivity. I think it’s highly inappropriate.”
Karenvir was called out by a photographer at Sidharth’s residence as “gareeb” for travelling in a non-luxury car.
Appalled, Karenvir retaliates, “Was I there to show off my car and how affluent I am? The family is in mourning, dammit! It is such people who give a bad name to the paparazzi.”
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