mid-day editorial: Make a statement, stop speculation

Jan 23, 2016, 09:22 IST | MiD DAY Correspondent

After months of speculation, what film followers used to call Bollywood’s most stylish couple, actor-director Farhan Akhtar and wife Adhuna Akhtar, announced their split after 16 years of marriage, just the latest in what is season splitsville on Bollywood.

The couple’s Public Relations (PR) team sent out an official statement on the split with the postscript, of how to respect the couple’s privacy and not speculate (now, where have we heard that before?).

Given that we now live in a world where news travels even faster than light, the news was everywhere in a matter of minutes, thanks to social media.

It was a dignified way to announce the separation, and at least put a temporary stop to speculation.

There are different ways to announce an end to a relationship. The difficulty is doubled or trebled in the full glare of the media. Rumours are flying thick and fast about Katrina and Ranbir, who preferred not to
comment, ignore the gossip around them, and finally, after the media gives up they may escape after having said nothing at all.

True, while Farhan and Adhuna were ending a marriage, Ranbir and Katrina were only dating and never acknowledged even that in public. Nonetheless, in the latter’s case, the couple should expect speculation, accusations, salacious gossip and intense scrutiny when one chooses to say nothing. It is better then, not to lash out at the press especially. In fact, save that energy and use it to try and elude a persistent media that will try to wring a statement out of you.

So, it is with regular or ordinary couples. Some are upfront with the end of the relationship, putting an end of questions and conjecture, which is a dignified way to bring it to a close. On the celebrity front, given the frenzied speed at which news travels, it may be better for the couple to prepare their children in advance, if they are old enough. However one goes about calling it quits, the middle path between shouting from the rooftops, or enigmatic silence is the best. A statement that says that is that, and then a full stop.

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