After Sidharth Shukla’s Death, Kriti Sanon Once Again Criticises Insensitive Media Coverage Of Celebrity Funerals

When you’re in the spotlight, very few areas of your life are hidden from the media. That is irrespective of whether you want it and like it or not. In fact, the Indian media has become so persistent that their have been instances when basic decency has been forgotten. They have become so insensitive to the lives of these celebrities that they forget that not everything needs to be ‘covered’, nor everything is ‘news’. Some moments are personal and should be left alone. The media intruding with their cameras and mics and shoving them in the faces of celebrities that have come to pay their respects to the funeral of an actor/celebrity is not acceptable. And many actors, from Anushka Sharma to Kriti Sanon, have recently slammed the media for being insensitive when they covered the funeral of late actor Sidharth Shukla.


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On September 2, 2021, the Indian entertainment industry suffered a massive loss when the 40-year-old beloved actor passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Many of his peers, including Rahul Vaidya, Kushal Tandon, Gauhar Khan, and more attended the actor’s last rites. At his funeral, the media, despite being repeatedly rebuked for it, continued to try and intrude in the moments of grief of the Shukla family, as well as Sidharth’s rumoured girlfriend, Shehnaaz Gill. His fellow Bigg Boss contestant and friend was grief-stricken and barely able to stand on her feet, and yet the cameras continued flashing, not granting her a moment’s privacy.

Many fans and celebrities, including Bollywood actors Anushka Sharma and Kriti Sanon reacted to these disheartening and insensitive visuals from the Oshiwara crematorium. 

Anushka Sharma who has several times in the past called out the media for crossing boundaries and being insensitive, shared comedian  Zakhir Khan’s post on her story that slammed the media for creating a ruckus at Sidharth Shukla’s funeral. Khan’s post was about how someone’s death has been turned into a ‘tamasha’ by the media.


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Kriti Sanon and her sister Nupur Sanon, who have first-hand experienced this insensitivity when actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away, came out and spoke about the same. Sanon took to her Instagram account and posted a story that called out the media for being insensitive and crossing boundaries at Sidharth Shukla’s last rites.

In her Instagram story, the Mimi actor wrote, “Breaks my heart to see our media, photographers and even online portals being so insensitive. Shameful! This isn’t “News”, nor is it “Entertainment”! Draw some boundaries! Have a conscience! Said it before, Saying it again! STOP covering funerals! Stop hounding people who are dealing with personal loss by flashing your camera in their face at their most vulnerable time! And for what? A few posts? Online portals and channels are equally at fault” Take a stand, DON’T post those pictures and videos! Stop faking sensitivity by just writing “Heartbreaking” in the captions of such inhuman insensitive posts.” The actor was previously trolled by social media for not posting a grief story/post for the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. 

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 Kriti Sanon’s sister, Nupur Sanon, also took to her Instagram and posted a story mirroring her sister’s sentiments about how badly media usually handles such situations and crosses boundaries knowingly. In her Instagram story, where she spoke about the media’s frenzy behaviour at the late actor Sidharth Shukla’s funeral, she wrote, “Last 24 hours saw the most insensitive behaviour by some media members… such shallow social media tactics just for some views on posts… it’s so sad to see the humans we’ve become… A family is not being allowed to grieve in peace… I don’t know them personally but it breaks my heart seeing how they are being forcefully captured in photos and videos even while crying!! Where is the BASIC humanity guys!!” 


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A post shared by Nupur Sanon (@nupursanon)

Kriti Sanon’s concerns echoed her words from just a few days ago, when she called out the media for a similar intrusion of privacy after the death of veteran actor Dilip Kumar.

What is sad is that many celebrities who were present during the actor Sidharth Shukla’s last rites had also requested the media to back off. But the paparazzi persisted, because after all, it is the job and a part and parcel of being in this rat race of who gets to break the news first. Because may be you show respect and back down, but then what if someone else does it any way? So who do we blame here? And who do we go to, to get this insensitivity to stop? Media houses or the audience that consumes that content? Something to ponder about.

After Dilip Kumar’s Death, Kriti Sanon Requests Paparazzi To Not Cover Celebrity Funerals. No Coverage Also Means No Trolling.

Ritu Sanghvi

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