12-year-old influencer Riva Arora is being slammed on Twitter for posing on a romantic reel with Karan Kundrra. Kundrra has been receiving online flak ever since he starred in a video with alleged 12-year-old teen influencer and actress Riva Arora. Netizens are creating a commotion on Twitter after they noticed Riva on a romantic reel with two older men. The reel now stands deleted. Now, another video of Riva Arora dancing with 45-year-old Mika Singh has surfaced and fans are angry.
The video did not go down well with the netizens owing to the massive age difference as well as because she was portrayed as an adult in the track. They took to the platform and did not mince words to express their disappointment over such content.
While most child artists like Darsheel Safary, who became an overnight sensation after the film Taare Zameen Par in 2008, took a hiatus to focus on education, there are many others who get into the pursuit of quick money and fame.
Until 3 days ago, I hadn’t heard of Riva Arora. Now I know she’s a 12-year-old who’s had natural or artificial precocious puberty and has been pushed by her ambitious parents to pose with men 3 times her age. This is the worst kind of exploitation.” said a netizen. Imagine sexualizing your 12 year old daughter and making her dance with men twice her age for money and fame,” a user wrote on Reddit.
For the uninitiated, the video features Riva Arora as a consenting adult who indulges in infidelity as she cheats on her boyfriend with Karan Kundrra. Also, the video shows her on a date with Kundrra where she is also seen holding a drink. Not only did the netizens find it offensive that a 38-year-old man is romancing a teenager who isn’t even an adult but they also blamed Riva’s parents for giving her growth hormones and exploiting them to earn money.
“Is she 12 for sure??? Unbelievable that this is even happening. Gosh” said another one. The internet is calling out Riva Arora and her parents for being okay with her 12-year-old daughter romancing men who are thrice even four times her age. How can parents be okay with this, ask many?
Yet another penned, “The most idiotic thing I see on Instagram is Parents making Account for their newly born child and exposing them to internet this early and even more stupid thing I am seeing these days is Pet Owners making Insta Account for their Dog. I just don’t get the point. #RivaArora
Riva has done films like Uri: The Surgical Strike and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. She also played Sridevi’s daughter in MOM. In the Vicky Kaushal-starrer film, she was a child artist who was seen in late Colonel MN Rai’s funeral scenes. Riva Arora was just one and a half years old when she was selected for Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. Riva also worked in a Hollywood film called Best Friends in 2018. In the same year, she made her television debut with Papa Mere Hero Hiralal and has featured in many print and TV commercials. She has modeled for Biba, Reliance Trendz and Sportking among other brands.