Another day in Bollywood, another day on the Internet and just another day where the bar for ‘decent’ behaviour lies comfortably on the floor.
A video of Deepika Padukone entering the airport is going viral for exactly this: when entering through the gates, the security personnel asked for Padukone’s identification. And in the words of most publications carrying out stories about it – ‘what happened next will blow your mind’. Padukone took out her identification and showed it to the security personnel. Not a big deal, right? Wrong.
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Within a few hours the video was ‘viral’ and Deepika Padukone was being hailed as the beacon of ‘humility’. After all, Deepika Padukone followed the rules and didn’t throw a starry tantrum. She didn’t go around flashing Padmaavat’s Rs 500-crore box office or the ‘exclusive pictures’ of her wedding with fellow actor, Ranveer Singh, staring at the security personnel with a ‘how-dare-you’ look on her face.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
What’s with the sensational headlines over something so trivial? Why is the bar so low for decency in Bollywood? Why do we expect our stars to be put on a pedestal for doing their job? This is not the first time that such a thing is being carried as a ‘story’ with an ‘interesting’ headline.
What the heck nothing EVEN HAPPENED. she said chahiye and showed it like a normal person what is going on why is this an article? are stars so crazy that this is NEWS and worth a whole story am I going crazy am i just OLD?? @deepikapadukone I need answers https://t.co/5QSy1JBsBc
— Abdullah Shahid (@SayHiToAbdullah) June 23, 2019
Making heroes out of mundane processes.
Kab badlega mera Bharat.
Still living with colonial mindset.
Checks are for any1 n every1.
Deepika Padukone Was Asked For Her ID By Airport Security. Her Response Is Going Viral – NDTV https://t.co/eARD02qgjs
— Amit Agrawal (@agr_amit) June 24, 2019
Airport Security asked for ID. Deepika Padukone showed ID. Apparently this response is “Breaking Internet” and proof of her “amorous kindness, generosity, and good spirits” https://t.co/HYTeub9fMf
— Joy (@Joydas) June 24, 2019
Wait, airport security asked her for ID, and she took out her ID and showed it? That’s headline news?
Airport Security Stops Deepika Padukone and Asks for ID, Actress’ Response Breaking Internet https://t.co/ROodp1t5De
— PKR | ________ | _______ (@prasanto) June 23, 2019
While some were surprised by Deepika Padukone’s large-heartedness, others didn’t quite get what the fuss was all about. Why is someone being ‘celebrated’ for their non-VIP behaviour? Isn’t that defeating the purpose of the very quality being exhibited by them. This is in no way comparable to Randeep Hooda helping out in drought-hit areas or Amitabh Bachchan paying off the debts for hundreds of farmers.
Stop making celebrities sound more magnanimous than they might be, both the media and the audience need to put a larger price on their ‘appreciation posts’. The bar for ‘winning the Internet’ can definitely be higher.