You might think that I am behaving like a grandmother, but I am one: Jaya Bachchan


Jaya Bachchan who went with spouse Amitabh Bachchan to the dispatch of Dilip digital art exhibition, Celebration Of Love, on Tuesday, appeared to be charmed to get up to speed with her friends,Shobha De, Pheroza Godrej, Queenie Singh and Dolly Thakore. She calmly postured for the paparazzi, notwithstanding giving them a chance to click a couple of real shots of her as she examined the work of art in plain view.

The 68-year-old on-screen character parliamentarian was maybe compensating for an upheaval from prior in the day when she reprimanded the same arrangement of picture takers at Narsee Monjee’s yearly celebration, Umang. A tete-a-tete with Bhawana Somaaya at 4 pm with 500-odd understudies in participation commenced with flashbulbs going into an overdrive and provoking a tirade from Mrs B about absence of cell phone/camera decorum in India and how instructive foundations and guardians expected to instill this in adolescents.                                                                                         

“Please stop taking pictures!” she sternly said into the microphone. “I hate it because the bulbs flash right in my eyes. These are basic manners which Indians have to learn. Just because you have a camera and a mobile, you have the freedom of taking anyone’s picture any time, without asking for permission! This is basic education that all colleges, schools and parents at home should teach their children.”

She then announced that she wouldn’t resume the chat till the photos had stopped, putting her microphone aside and turning away from the audience. While this resulted in the crowd settling into pin-drop silence, it did little to calm the furious chief guest. “It’s very annoying. I am trying to chat here and you are sitting right in front of me clicking right into my eyes. I hate indiscipline,” she continued grousing.

The session resumed after two minutes but not before Jaya had schooled the attendees on punctuality as well. “I like to be on time to honour the person who has invited me. You might think that I am behaving like a grandmother, but I am one.”