Indian actress Anushka Sharma and her husband Virat Kohli have agreed on one thing from the start, no pictures of their one-year-old daughter Vamika will be shared on social media.
The pair has been outspoken about the need to protect Vamikas’ privacy and has frequently requested that the media and fans refrain from photographing or sharing her pictures.
“We seek privacy for our child and would like to do our best to give her a chance to live her life freely away from media and social media. As she is older, we cannot restrict her movement, and hence your support is needed so kindly practice (refrain) in the matter. A special thank you to fan clubs and people of the internet for going out of your way to not post images. It was kind and highly mature of you,” they had said in a statement.
Instagram has temporarily disabled any posts with the hashtags Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Vamika Kohli. One of the messages read, “Top posts from #anushkasharma are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.” Many people assumed it was because the photos featured Vamika’s face.
Despite the stringent measures Vamika’s picture was released on The Times Group-owned Instagram account. The picture was taken upon the family’s return from the Maldives.
“Seems like times group knows what’s better for kids than their parents themselves as they can’t stop clicking and posting photos despite being requested repeatedly. Learn something from other media houses and paparazzi,” Anushka responded to the Instagram post.
Vamika’s photo was also uploaded on social media earlier this year after the mother-daughter duo attended Virat Kohli’s cricket match in Cape Town.
The official broadcaster of the match showed Anushka and Vamika cheering Kohli on from the stands. Vamika’s face was also shown for the first time. Many social media users captured the scene on camera and published it online. Even though supporters of Anushka and Virat had requested that no images of Vamika be posted, several publications went ahead and posted them anyway.
The next day, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli issued statements on their official social media accounts requesting that no one take images of their daughters and share them on social media.
“Hi guys! We realize that our daughter’s images were captured at the stadium yesterday and widely shared thereafter. We want to inform everyone that we were caught off guard and didn’t know that the camera was on us. Our stance and request on the matter stay the same. We would really appreciate it if Vamika’s images are not clicked/published for reasons we have explained earlier.”