Amitabh Bachchan is amongst the most revered people in the film industry. After all, he has done a lot of good work, both on screen and off screen. We also know how much family means to him. Recently, he wrote a letter addressed to his granddaughters, Aradhaya and Navya, and the content of the letter is something that every woman should give a read.
In his letter to Aradhya Bachchan, daughter of Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, and Navya Naveli Nanda, daughter of Amitabh’s daughter Shweta, Amitabh mentions the challenges that a woman faces in the society. He explains how despite coming from renowned families, they will face obstacles in life, simply because they are women. However, they must not falter in face of such challenges and they should overcome them with their wisely made choices.
The letter ends with Amitabh Bachchan telling his granddaughters to be an example for the next generation of women. He hopes that Aradhaya and Navya will break down the stereotypes against women. He feels, in becoming role models for the new age women, his granddaughters would have achieved more than what he achieved in his life. For him, it would be an honour to be known as their grandfather, rather than as Amitabh Bachchan.
As we all know, India is a country where patriarchy is dominant and the women are often oppressed. They face a lot of challenges in their lives, and more than often, they do not receive any support from their families when it comes to their life choices. Violence against women and their safety is a major issue in the country. In the present age, where women should be at equal power with men, such backward concepts should be obsolete. However, the country has a long way to go before all women in the country are free from the oppression and are equally empowered.
Here’s what the letter from Amitabh Bachchan says, as published by Times of India
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 !!
With all my love
Your ….Dadaji ….your Nana
We hope that this message spreads across our society, so that we can be a progressive country that gives women an equal say.