It’s a new low for journalism in India. Especially film journalism. What most don’t realise is that now film journalism is mostly either plugged or paid. And if not, it’s just about the access. At Jiah Khan’s funeral, actor Aditya Pancholi got into a scuffle with the media. His car hit a camera tripod, broke it, then journos attacked him, blocked his way and extorted money (Rs 15,000 or so) from him. It’s correct to say that Pancholi started it by breaking the tripod with his car, but to extort money from him is quite a shameful act.
With 25-30 channels on the spot trying to shoot one person, scuffle is bound to happen. It means 25-30 reporters with boom mics, 25-30 cameramen with camera and tripods. Plus, attendants, onlookers. So imagine a scenario of about 100 people pouncing on one person. Anyone will react violently to get out of the situation.
The scenario has become worst with no discipline, no rules and regulations, cut throat competition to get the best visuals, and anyone with a camera or boom becoming a Video Journalist or reporter. Watch the videos to see it unfold before your eyes.