A few weeks back, Shah Rukh’s daughter Suhana Khan posted a cute pic with her brother on Instagram:
Yup. They were on a beach and having fun. Everything looked perfect.
But the media, hungry monsters, used this very photo and published it with an irresponsible headline – “SRK’s daughter flaunts her body”. Later, SRK got the article removed for the right reasons.
“She was in a bikini, she was on a beach, and she was with her little brother. You went ahead and wrote a headline, “SRK’s daughter flaunts her body.” Is it a little cheap? Maybe I felt it was. I reached out nicely and said, dude, your website is not going to run on my daughter’s bikini body, can you please take it out? People saw where I was coming from. My daughter was a little awkward about it. She’s 16, yaar. And the headlines some sites use are… wow. We’re very liberal people and even had a laugh about it. But it’s still awkward.”
He also somewhere blamed himself:
“But when my daughter’s pictures were splashed everywhere online and when I jumped to get it contained, I wasn’t protecting her from the media — I was protecting her from me. It’s my stardom that was the reason that picture made it to the news — it wouldn’t have if she wasn’t SRK’s daughter. There could be someone running naked and that wouldn’t be news.”
Well said Shah Rukh. Full marks.
I request big media houses to deal with such subjects with dignity and respect because a cheesy headline might get you a million engagements but it also affects someone’s personal life.