NEW DELHI: Amitabh Bachchan immensly penned down his feelings about their granddaughters Navya Naveli Nanda and Aaradhya Bachchan which states the Progressive, empowering, and deeply heartfelt, the letter is bound to resonate with young women all over the country, especially at a time when gender inequality, violence against women, and a culture of patriarchy are still widely prevalent in our country.
In the letter, the 73-year-old actor writes about the difficulties both the girls will face despite their family legacies and how they must rise above them by making informed choices which is mandatory for every single women who love to be live freely without getting into politics against their individuality.
From talking about gender issues and how “make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom” and “never worry about log kya kahenge”, this letter is spot on at a lot of levels and it will immensely define the state of a women in a country like India.
Letter stated as -:
“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 yourpardadajis 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 !!”