If you thought celebs at airport only generated buzz for their couture, think again. Turns out those celebs can break the Internet by, well, just behaving like regular people at the airport. Just yesterday actor Deepika Padukone was in news because when asked by airport security personnel to provide her Id, she complied without any fuss. Today, sister of actor Janhavi Kapoor, Khushi is trending on social media because she was spotted yawning at the security check.  Why is it news when celebs behave like regular folks or even humans? Should Padukone throw tantrums on being asked to provide Id? Do we expect Khushi Kapoor to be chirpy and energetic even at something as mundane as a security check? Or do star kids not yawn?

SOME TAKEAWAYS: 

  • Deepika Padukone was trending for complying with an airport security staff’s request to show her Id.
  • Khushi Kapoor is trending today as she was photographed yawning during a security check.
  • Why do we find regular behaviour of celebrities so fascinating?
  • Have we subconsciously stereotyped our celebs, expecting them to behave like anyone other than regular mortals?

Why are we so surprised when celebs behave like regular folks or even humans? Should Padukone throw tantrums on being asked to provide Id?

So, do the media give too much unwanted space to these celebrities? Should they even be writing about such mundane things? You can’t certainly call an ordinary woman showing her Id or yawning news, then why should the press have different standards for celebs? The answer lies in the question itself-because we are talking about celebs here, and their mundane activities breaking the Internet has more to do with our fascination with them than anything else.

Amidst all the deification of stars that we do in India, we forget that they are people who live and breathe in this very society at the end of the day, just like us. Albeit living in a more affluent and prosperous corner of our world these people too eat food, sleep, follow civic rules (mostly) and usually comply with directions applicable to any and every citizen of the country. So, when a security officer asks you for your Id at the airport, you hand it over to them, even if you are Padukone.

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Perhaps this gaze which highlights their regular folk behaviour is a new found boon to us from the social media and paparazzi. Back in the nineties and even before that, celebrities like movie stars had a certain aura about them. They seemed distant and glossy, almost ethereal. We saw them exclusively on silver screen or on our television, at their glamorous best, doing things which no regular and sane person did in real life. They would dance around trees, sing soulful ballads brimming with emotions, beat goons to pulp and talk the way you can only do in films.

Back in the nineties and even before that, celebrities like movie stars had a certain aura about them. They seemed distant and glossy, almost ethereal.

Outside of that, we were privy to their lives through film magazines and newspapers. Gossip columns and curated interview were our only windows to peek into their personal affairs. So over the years, we have ceased to believe that celebrities are also people. To us they are aliens, or other-worldly, who do not live the regular lives that we do. And while social media has given unprecedented access to these celebs, for us they still remain larger than life figures. Any glimpse of human behaviour on their part shocks us. They stand in cues to vote, show Id security staff at the airport or just yawn, and we are mesmerised.

So the hooplah over Deepika’s humble behaviour and Khushi Kapoor’s yawn is a more telling commentary on our perception than celebrity conduct. Am pretty sure if a public figure were to so much as even open the door for herself, it’ll be a news for us. Because sadly these day, what we like to consume becomes news over what we must know.

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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section. The views expressed are author’s own.

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