Unlock 2: Paparazzi back in action as celeb spotting resumes; though they admit it’s still slow


With Unlock 2.0, celebrities have lastly began to step out, after spending 100 days in the lockdown. Going out for dubbing classes, work conferences, salon go to or only a run, of late, actors — Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Huma S Qureshi, Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Nimrat Kaur, Arjun Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Malaika Arora amongst others — have been noticed and their photos have been shared on common paparazzi Instagram accounts.

“Things are getting a little better. We have some celebs coming out every day given that some work has started,” says superstar photographer Manav Manglani, including whereas most of them are okay getting clicked, “They maintain distance of course. Some are cooperating and posing too.”

Photos of Saif Ali Khan with son Taimur and Kunal Kemmu with daughter Inaya on their shoulders even went viral.


However, not many celebs which might be stepping out each day. Celebrity photographer Viral Bhayani shares that only some frequent faces are noticed regularly.

“Abhishek, Disha, Tiger etc are some who’re coming out for dubbing and other work. The rest are rarely spotted. Recently, Sonnalli Seygall stepped out to buy fruits. When at a distance, some celebs are agreeing to take off the mask for a few seconds like Nushrat (Bharucha) and Angad (Bedi) did, and I had put them out with a note that these were clicked from a distance with no one around us, still many expressed displeasure so we’ve stopped doing that,” shares Bhayani.

 When it involves work, whereas Manglani and Bhayani say it has gone as much as 15-20 %, in response to superstar photographers Yogen Shah and Varinder Chawla, it’s still between 5 to 10 %.

Shah affirms that celebs carrying masks goes to be the brand new regular for a while now. “Slowly everyone has to get used to it. Now, we’re mostly clicking celebs in action, while they’re walking in or out of studios, cars, clinics, salons etc. Since these are mostly full-length photos, we’re being able to maintain distance, too,” he shares.

However, Bhayani and Chawla additional add that it’s changing into a problem for the paparazzi as not everybody is able to be clicked.

 “Given the sentiment around Sushant (Singh Rajput), many aren’t comfortable getting photographed. They’re not out of that phase,” says Bhayani.

Chawla shares his crew is restricted to areas like Bandra, Juhu, and is keep away from airport except required. “Star kids are rarely stepping out after that incident. Recently, Sara Ali Khan went for a work meeting and did her signature namaste, but others are avoiding. From 700-800 photos daily, we’ve come down to 50-100 photos,” says Chawla, including that upon reaching an actor’s birthday celebration lately, “photographers were requested to leave”.

Much like everybody, paps are additionally taking precautions and raring to get back to work in full swing, they admit issues received’t be higher earlier than the top of this yr or 2021. “Most photographers went home, some have found other ways to earn,” informs Shah.

Bhayani factors that their bills haven’t gone down, as “a small team travelling length and breadth of city need money to survive. I don’t know for how long we’ll be able to continue like this”.

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