What’s wrong with celebrity plastic surgeries?

By Resham Sengar | Last Updated: Jul 30, 2013, 11:49 AM IST

I have often been a part of conversations in which celebrity cosmetic surgeries are discussed in bad taste. The talk goes like, “Oh, that actress has got Botox fillers for her face. Look at her; she can’t even smile properly due to her swollen face”.

The trend of slamming celebrities for their physical imperfections is not new. This has been going around for a long time now. Tabloids take delight in picking flaws in the famous faces — right from a nose job gone wrong, or a Botox procedure that has left a celebrity wife with a puffed-up face.

I have come across many articles posted by some websites (names withheld), that take blatant digs at the who`s who of Tinsel Town. One of those entertainment dailies wrote that Vidya Balan needs to reduce her bust line to go with her enormous face, Sonakshi Sinha should get her ample body fat removed, and Shah Rukh Khan should go for a nose job, pronto. But what really bothered me were the pot-shots on AB Junior`s looks. The online tabloid went to the extent of saying that Abhishek Bachchan should get a different face all together to match the good looks as that of his wifey Ash.

Now that’s being plain rude, isn`t it?

All this flak from every corner of the tabloid world makes me shout aloud - "So what?" So what if celebrities, or for that matter, anyone opts going under the knife to correct the imperfections? After all, it is their birth right to decide how they want to look. If a celebrity`s job demands him/her to look good, then why not resort to corrective medical procedures? These known faces are under the media scanner 24x7 and their bread and butter depends on good looks. So, why snigger if they are `caught` with a plumped lip, enhanced bust or a chiselled face?

It is not that these surgical beauty treatments were a modern invention as a result of the necessity of the vanity obsessed prim and proper. These corrective therapies have been around for eons now. Our Indian Ayurvedic text ‘Sushruta-Sanhita’ deals with surgical knowledge, which means that the need for corrective surgeries was recognised by the scholars of earlier ages also. So why do we view ‘plastic surgery’ as something forbidden, and those who go for it as weirdos?

I am against one`s obsession with beauty, which happens when people start seeing way too many imperfections in their anatomy, thereby making quick-fix surgeries a regular feature of their lives. But the point I am trying to make here is that we should leave the celebs alone, as they are doing it to enhance their career prospects and not harming another living species, or are not obsessed with it.

It is as simple as that old adage — Live and let others live, the way they want to instead of dragging them along in a pointless debate.