As the selfie controversy surrounding veteran singer K J Yesudas continues to smoulder, many have come out in favour of and against the singer. Seems like 'selfie' is indeed 'selfish.'
Veteran film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan too finds the new craze for selfies a disaster.
The 76-year-old was at The Nehru Memorial Museum Library, New Delhi, for a discussion on 'Revisting Ray,' a conference and exhibition on the filmmaker, on Wednesday, along with film-maker Amol Paleker.
Recollecting few incidents, Gopalakrishnan pointed out how selfie reflects a lack of decorum.
"I might be unfamiliar with social media but one thing I find is that 'selfies' are big disasters. Once someone kept asking for a selfie and I obliged. But then he kept his hand on my shoulder which I had to remove... I asked how he could behave like that. He was not my age and we were not friends," he said.
Citing another example of a young mediaperson who kept chasing him for a byte during a film festival in the captial, Gopalakrishnan higlighted the ignorance of people these days.
"During one of the film festivals at the Siri Fort auditorium, there was a group which waited for a byte. Then, I did not even know what a byte is. I kept running away, avoiding them and by the end, there was one girl who was determined for a byte, so I thought why disappoint her. I made sense from her question and gave her an answer for the same. While leaving, in the end, she asked me my name," the film-maker said.
"That is new media. They don't use their mind, they only want to ask what you feel about this or that," Gopalakrishnan said.