"All that glitters isn't always gold". This phrase fits quite well
with our film fraternity considering that the glamorous world is not all
fun and games as portrayed on-screen. For most people, the film
industry is the most glamorous profession to be in; you have fame,
fortune, millions of fans and a page 3 scope of every newspaper and
magazine. If this wasn't enough, you have various handsome co-stars
alongside you, which lead to blockbuster movies to your credit. However,
there is a flip-side to this glamorous world; although you achieve a
lot with your stardom status, you have to sacrifice equally as much in
order to to make it there. Let's not forget that once you get to that
top position, it's even harder to maintain it. With this article,
BollyCurry guides you through various sacrifices and negatives that
celebrities go through in the film fraternity.
Lack of privacy
of the biggest sacrifices that celebrities have to make is to give up
personal space and any rights to a private life. As an actor or a public
person, you have limited to no privacy left wherever you go and you
literally live in the public eye. Anything you say or do is fair game
for being taken out of context and twisted to provide entertainment for
the masses. Being a person with recognition, you are constantly
surrounded by paparazzi, reporters and media watching your every step
and waiting for the newest gossip tid-bit. Some of the most recent
couples to fall prey to the unyielding paparazzi are Ranbir Kapoor and
Katrina Kaif. The media is constantly keeping a close eye on them making
the duo always in the news headlines, be it their 'so-called' wedding
preparations or their secret holiday in Spain. This proves that having a
personal life and being a celebrity do not go hand in hand.
Reduced personal life
a celebrity, you have to set your priorities right and it is understood
that everything related to the film fraternity has to be your number
one priority. As an actor, there are numerous stages of work that come
with each project. First is the actual acting in the movie, then comes
promotions at various stages, and finally the screening of the said
movie. All of these consume a fair amount of time leaving the actor with
very little additional time to spare. On top of the work, celebrities
also need to focus on maintaining their social images and focus on
things such as magazine photo-shoots, parties and events. Furthermore,
they constantly have to work on their physique and take care of their
appearances whenever they step out. As expected, this leaves very little
time to give to your family and friends, or any particular hobby at
all. Not many people can handle reduced attention from their loved ones,
so in the process of being a reputed movie star, you may lose out on
various personal relationships.
Loosing your original identity
a celebrity is not easy, especially when making a name for yourself
amongst the previous established superstars. To achieve success and
fame, some actors feel compelled to adapt a completely new name, one
that then becomes their identity for the rest of their life. In the
process, it is said that you lose a part of your original self and have
no choice but to adapt to the beliefs and cultures of the film
fraternity. Many famous celebrities are prime examples of the name
change game. Megastars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Madhubala, Rekha,
Rajnikant, Akshay Kumar, Govinda and Sanjeev Kumar are among those who
have 'been there and done that'. Furthermore, once you have reached
heights of success, you cannot go back to being "normal". For instance,
having a cup of coffee with a friend at your favorite cafe without being
mobbed by fans.
achieve fame, you have to be wise with the words you use. As a public
icon, you are constantly under scrutiny leading to something always
being written about you, whether it's true or not. Being completely
honest is something you have to avoid at times, considering how long you
want to survive in the race to the top. Therefore, articulating your
sentences with hidden answers becomes an art. Although there are no
guarantees that being diplomatic will help avoid the media stare, there
is the possibility that knowing what to say at the right time will leave
you less of a target. One example is the recent tragic news of Hrithik
Roshan and Suzanne Roshan's breakup. Speculations have been making
rounds for quite some time now, but both refrained from making their
split a public issue despite various attempts by the media to let the
cat out of the bag. Living such a life everyday can be very stressful.
It's not everyone's cup of tea.
There is a saying that goes: "Kabhi kisi ko muqammal jahan nahi milta, kahi zameen toh kabhi aasmaan nahi milta" (nobody ever gets a perfect world, some don't get their fair share on earth, and some in the sky). This
is perhaps the most accurate quote if we look at a struggling
celebrity's life; on your way to success, you will miss out on many
other opportunities. For example, if you start your career at a young
age, you will miss out on some great memories with your friends and
family due to being completely absorbed in climbing the ladder of
success. This can later result in loneliness and regret, despite having
the whole world praise your name. A celeb is often asked "if not acting,
then what other profession would you have been in?". Their answers are
cheery enough but you can't help but deduct a feeling of longing and
melancholy. The question of "what if?" is a dangerous one.
of the more disturbing aspects of the glamour world are obsessive fans.
When you are a (inter)national figure, you become a role model for
millions of people who adore and love you. Although a majority of the
fans will show you their love from a distant and understand that you
also are a regular human being, you will encounter fans who are prepared
to go to any lengths to prove their affection for their idol. Such fans
can also be a threat and ultimately dangerous. Death threats
and stalking is quite common when it comes to certain types of fans.
Although there are bodyguards and tight security arrangements for a
celebrity, there's always a slight fear when coming across a compulsive
Life as a famous person has its fair share of pros
and cons. Yes, you get to shine on the silver screen, but you have to
pay the price of getting there. A celebrity's life is full of
sacrifices; some which lead to great achievements, whilst others result
in loosing out on some equally good opportunities.
signs off here, leaving you with your thoughts. Tell us about your
dreams - have you ever dreamt of becoming a celebrity? After reading
this article, do you still aspire to be it?
Author: Fatima W.
Editor(s): Sonia R., Gunia M. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Amna M.
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