Earlier today, Saif Ali Khan announced his decision to pen his autobiography, setting his sights on a 2021 release for his book. Now regardless how much he's appealed to you as an actor or how much you've enjoyed his movies, it can't be denied that one would be interested to know the life story of an artist who's been honoured with Rajiv Gandhi, Padma Shri and National Award, and has left a mark with his diverse roles in films and web series like Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Hum Tum, Being Cyrus, Omkara, Race, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Sacred Games, not to mention his legacy as the Nawab of Pataudi, being the son of dignitaries like one of India's greatest cricket captains, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and yesteryear screen legend Sharmila Tagore, dealing with flops, his separation from Amrita Singh, second marriage to Kareena Kapoor, relationships in-between, and being a father to Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Taimur Ali Khan, with a fourth kid on the way.
Now, if you're still not keen to read this journey of Saif Ali Khan, then that's fine. Your call. If you're not interested to read it just because of his privilege and your perception that says privilege leads to entitlement, which in turn, leads to things handed to you on a silver patter, then that's fine, too. Again, your call, however misguided it may be. But, what's not fine is questioning the intent behind his decision to publish an autobiography and going as far as trolling the man, doubting the legitimacy of what he'll bring to the table or even if his life story is worth being archived. That, right there, is your entitlement if you, too, are among the self-righteous lot on social media who believe that attacking everyone in a position of privilege and scrutinising their each move make you a voice of the common folk.
Just take a glance at the distasteful onslaught of tweets that clogged social media since Saif's announcement. No prizes for guessing that all this stemmed from that same, overblown, lopsided debate on nepotism and the flag-bearers against it who're convinced that they're waging some sort of quasi-war against Bollywood...
His story, his time, his effort, the publishers (HarperCollins) have wholeheartedly agreed, so we have just one question to all the haters: What's tickling y'all? If in a democracy someone does not have the basic right to publish a written material regardless of their background or how engrossing said material would be, then people really need to revisit their ideals. And if they believe that trolling every person of privilege...let's correct ourselves...only every person of privilege from Bollywood is the best utilisation of their time on social media, then they seriously need to revisit their priorities.
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