Virat Kohli is NOT okay with fans violating his privacy and recording videos of his hotel room

Virat Kohli is NOT okay with fans violating his privacy and recording videos of his hotel room

The Indian cricketer does not want to be treated as "a commodity for entertainment" and has made that clear.
31 Oct, 2022

Sometimes fan culture crosses a line into fanaticism and results in very undesirable outcomes. Indian cricketer Virat Kohli’s privacy was invaded by fans who entered his hotel room, made videos of it and shared those videos on social media. He is very uncomfortable with his personal space being disregarded like this and wants to draw a very clear boundary.

On Monday, he posted the fan-made video on his Instagram and wrote, “I understand that fans get very happy and excited seeing their favourite players and get excited to meet them — I’ve always appreciated that. But this video here is appalling and it has made me feel very paranoid about my privacy. If I cannot have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect any personal space at all?? I’m NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and not treat them as a commodity for entertainment.”

In the video, the intruders pan the camera over Kohli’s shoes and belongings in the room. There are speculations that the video was made by members of the hotel staff as they seemed to be wearing name tags and grey uniforms.

His post was met by concerned friends, family and fans who agreed that this was absolutely not okay. Among those who commented were Australian cricketer David Warner, Kohli’s brother Vikas and Indian actors Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan. They called it “unethical”, “alarming” and “unacceptable”.

Kohli and his wife Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma are big on privacy. They refrain from letting the paparazzi capture their daughter Vamika’s photos and have publicly requested the media to avoid circulating her pictures. Sharma has also gone off at the paparazzi at a previous occasion when she was having breakfast with her husband on their balcony and they were clicked despite asking for privacy.

Actor Hania Aamir has also encountered invasion of her privacy by fans. In May, she revealed that they showed up outside her house and refused to leave until the police was involved. Singer Uzair Jaswal too had fans show up at his door and enter his house, pretending to be friends of his.

Fans have great love for celebrities and think that makes it okay for them to confront them anywhere, anytime. They need to understand that celebrities are also human and need and deserve time off. It is not their job to entertain 24/7 — they have a right over their personal space and time.

Entering their hotel rooms and filming their belongings is absolutely NOT okay!


Jalal Oct 31, 2022 01:07pm
This happened in australia and no one bats an eye. if this happened in another country like India, Pak or any south asian country. ICC would have taken a sever action and an official statement too.
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TK Oct 31, 2022 01:12pm
The hotel deserves a hefty lawsuit and the employees who did this prison.
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TPA Oct 31, 2022 01:39pm
This has gone too far.
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Haqeeqi Azadi Oct 31, 2022 01:41pm
This is why we need Haqeeqi Azadi !!
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Tiktok Oct 31, 2022 02:21pm
Hotel should be sued
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WARRIs Oct 31, 2022 02:33pm
Virat should understand the mindset of people he entertains.. they are nosy, irritating as well his supporters!
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M. Emad Oct 31, 2022 02:41pm
Thousands of Pakistani girls Love Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.
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Careless Whispers Oct 31, 2022 02:42pm
Breach of not only privacy, but a big question mark on security ....
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Multani Oct 31, 2022 02:54pm
Joke of the century.
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THE Oct 31, 2022 04:06pm
@Jalal : Contractor who employed the people filming has been sacked and contract terminated.
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Mani Oct 31, 2022 04:11pm
Most likely a staged drama to steam off worst defeat by NZ.. Anyway well played team india, congratulations from New Delhi, You Pakistan
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Anonymouseee Oct 31, 2022 04:35pm
Relax. It’s not like they stole anything. Not a big deal.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 31, 2022 04:57pm
As you sow, so shall you reap.
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imran Oct 31, 2022 05:16pm
Definitely Indian Staff member, who will now loose the job
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Pops Oct 31, 2022 05:46pm
Hotel management can check who entered the room and at what time. Most hotels have electronic key entry.
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Ishan Oct 31, 2022 06:19pm
@M. Emad he’s not the captain
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Just Saying Oct 31, 2022 06:25pm
Unacceptable. In India or Pakistan this will never happen because staff in top hotels is much more professional and will be dismissed immediately if they did something like this.
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GreenAura Nov 01, 2022 12:45am
Obsessed people.
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Ace Nov 01, 2022 01:39am
Virat is a gentleman and no one deserves this....I didn't even have the courage to look at the video and I'm not going to. Lots of respect to Kohli and all the support to him for voicing out.
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FAQ Nov 01, 2022 02:18am
Definitely Asia (Specially IndoPak) has a culture of respect and privacy, instead of shameful activitied on the other side of the globe. The fans should remain in limits.
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Hani_Layyah Nov 01, 2022 06:30am
@M. Emad then what?
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