The massive onslaught of celebrity-hood has become so regular that sometimes it really disturbs me to the core. Andy Warhole’s well-known line about how in future “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” truly finds resonance with our present day society scenario.
However, in the past there certainly were individuals who were really admired and respected for the qualities that earned them ‘famed elite titles’ from around the world. The real crème de la crème was formed by the screen idols, top-sports personalities, internationally- acclaimed statesmen, great artists and creative geniuses. Contrarily, even the ones who were famous for all the wrong reasons served as mere objects in the negative sense of time and space that defined iniquity and misuse of power.
Look around today and see how our society has evolved to an extent that even though fame still matters but unfortunately, it means a little less. There is actually less to be admired in so-called famous individuals. Nevertheless, this fickle fame in this age of instant gratification can rightly be attributed to the communication revolution. On similar lines, I believe even our celebrity-obsessed media has to accept fair share of blame for churning out celebrities on hourly basis. They create new, undeserving people into not less than the semi-gods.
I would not like to share my opinions on anyone’s personal lifestyle orientations, but would really like to know how many of you would want to live next to Rakhi Sawant or Dolly Bindra? No, I don’t have personal animosity with any of these people but I really have a problem with the way they exhibit their character traits while in public. Would you like to have Poonam Pandey as your colleague or how about allowing once a small-time Kannada actress Maria Susairaj (who turned into celebrity even after she was accused of a gruesome act) into your living room? Pity on Ram Gopal Varma, who wants to cast her in one of his movie. And who can forget Rahul Mahajan who came into limelight when he was found involved in a drug abuse case few days after his politico father was murdered and the whole nation took pity on the boy. If this was less, the way his sordid personal life played out publicly has made him another bona fide celebrity.
To a certain extent, it is necessary if it feeds the demands of present day media technology and it’s equally acceptable. But what I use to wonder is how banal and trivial the 21st century fame has gone? It is not just that we exaggerate the importance of minor celebrities instead the way we have adopted an entirely a new criteria for measuring the luminaries. The newly acquired adjectives that define celebrity-hood these days unfortunately are – lewdness, loudness and overpowering shoddiness.
My concern is what kind of society are we who unconsciously turn these people well-known for all the wrong reasons into a celeb? Have we really forgotten to make a distinction between right or wrong, genuine or artificial, substantive or illusionary? The day we re-open our moral books we will start making celebrities on the basis of qualitative achievements, perfection and excellence. Till then, remember when fame takes a veiled grotesque, the society ultimately pays the price- sometime it’s too high to be compensated.
An English Literature Graduate from Delhi University, Professionally, she is a content writer at SunTec India Pvt. Limited. Cricket and Soccer are two games that keep her spirit and zest alive. She is a true blue Libran who loves everything that smells, feels, sounds and looks good. She makes it a point to speak just at the right time; her introvert heart loves rains, jalebis and nature. Sometimes she gets indecisive; she just can’t make up her mind. She likes people who have an impatient brain, but patient heart. She hates crowds, jarring noises and loud colors. But most importantly she doesn’t like her peace to be disturbed; she detests it when it happens.