The National Award-winning actor says that celebrities often live in a world of privilege, luxury, and endless resources. “Attempting to replicate their extravagant lifestyles is unrealistic for the average person. By chasing unattainable standards, fans risk dissatisfaction, financial strain, and a loss of self-identity. Also, many celebrities these days flaunt opulent possessions and indulge in lavish experiences. However, these displays of wealth can mislead fans into believing they, too, should prioritize materialism. Financially burdening oneself to keep up with celebrity lifestyles can lead to debt, stress, and a compromised future,” said Seema on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata.
Lack of Authenticity
Celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty, Ranbir Kapoor or Alia Bhatt meticulously curate their public image, which often hides the challenges they face behind closed doors. The veteran actor warns, “Fans who mimic their idols may lose touch with their own true selves, sacrificing authenticity for the sake of fitting a preconceived mold. Celebrities may make impulsive decisions or engage in reckless behavior without considering the repercussions. Fans who emulate their actions without contemplating the potential consequences could find themselves in unfavorable situations, damaging their personal and professional lives.”
Mental Health and Self-Esteem
Celebrities frequently face intense scrutiny and pressure, leading to mental health issues. “While fans may envy the glamorous appearances, they seldom see the behind-the-scenes struggles. Idolizing stars can negatively impact fans’ mental well-being and self-esteem, as they may constantly compare themselves and feel inadequate. Further, these celebs often sacrifice their privacy for fame and fortune. Their constant media attention and invasive paparazzi culture can be overwhelming and detrimental to mental health. By imitating celebrities, fans inadvertently expose themselves to the same invasive scrutiny and may compromise their own privacy,” she adds.
Stars are often associated with materialism, superficial beauty standards, and fleeting trends. By idolizing such values, fans may overlook more profound aspects of life, such as personal growth, meaningful relationships, and pursuing genuine passions. “Each person is unique, with their own dreams, aspirations, and talents. Copying a celebrity’s lifestyle hinders the journey of self-discovery and denies individuals the opportunity to nurture their own interests and talents. Embracing one’s individuality fosters personal growth and fulfillment. Also, celeb lifestyles and trends are constantly changing, often driven by fleeting fads. Fans who attempt to mirror their favorite stars may find themselves in a perpetual cycle of trying to keep up, leading to a lack of stability and a shallow sense of self,” explains the actor who will soon be seen in a Bengali film titled ‘Mon Potongo’.
Inspiring Authentic Role Models
The seasoned actor feels that instead of copying celebrities, fans should seek inspiration from individuals who embody values such as integrity, kindness, and social responsibility. “By emulating authentic role models, fans can lead fulfilling lives while contributing positively to their communities. While it’s natural to admire celebrities, people should exercise caution when considering imitating their lifestyles. Unrealistic standards, financial implications, lack of authenticity, and negative mental health impacts are just a few reasons why we should resist the urge to copy our favorite stars. By focusing on personal growth, individuality, and finding inspiration in authentic role models, fans can forge their own path to happiness and fulfillment,” shared Seema Biswas before signing off.