On the eve of Teachers’ Day, Amitabh Bachchan penned a moving letter to his granddaughters, Navya Nanda and Aaradhya Bachchan, passing on a few valuable lessons.
Telling them that though they carried powerful, privileged surnames, they were susceptible to society’s prejudice and judgement because of their gender, Big B goes on to advise them that they should never believe that ‘the length of your skirt is a measure of your character’.
He adds, “People will talk. They shall say some terrible things. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone. Never ever worry about – log kya kahengey!”
This is a refreshing stance from a much admired actor who belongs to an older generation and carries a revered surname.
Aaradhya Bachchan has had more than her share of media scrutiny but she is still a small child who is yet to be under the scanner for her morality.
Navya, on the other hand, has received undue attention and scathing comments for her choice of attire and lifestyle. Whether it’s her party pictures or her friendship with Aryan, Shah Rukh Khan’s son, it raises eyebrows among the Internet’s self-appointed moral brigade.
Comments that she is “insulting” the Bachchan name and causing "dishonour" to the family routinely appear beneath such images or videos. Amitabh’s letter is a fitting reply to such trolls.
Read the full letter:
You both carry a very valuable legacy on your tender shoulders – Aaradhya, the legacy of your pardadaji , Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan…and Navya, the legacy of your pardadaji , Shri H P Nanda….
Both your pardadaji ‘ s gave your present surnames celebrated fame, dignity and recognition !
Both of you may be a Nanda or a Bachchan, but you are also girls…women !
And because you are women people will force their thinking, their boundaries on you.
They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go.
Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.
Don’t let anyone make you believe that the length of your skirt is a measure of your character.
Don’t let anyone’s opinion of who you should be friends with, dictate who you will be friends with.
Don’t get married for any other reason other than you want to get married.
People will talk. They shall say some terrible things. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone. Never ever worry about – log kya kahenge
At the end of the day, you are the only one who will face the consequences of your actions, so don’t let other people make your decisions for you.
Navya – the privilege your name, your surname offers you, will not protect you from the difficulties you will face because you ‘re a woman.
Aaradhya – by the time you see and understand this, I may well not be around. But I think what I am saying today shall still be relevant.
This may be a difficult, difficult world to be a woman. But I believe that it is women like you that will change that. It may not be easy, setting your own boundaries, making your own choices, rising above people‘s judgement. But YOU !…you can set an example for women everywhere. Do this and you would have done more than I have ever done, and it will be my honor to be known not as Amitabh Bachchan, but as your grandfather !!