Amitabh Bachchan, who recently penned a letter to his granddaughters Navya Naveli Nanda and Aaradhya Bachchan, says the note captured the essence of his film Pink and he feels it worked as a good promotional device for the movie. In his letter, the 73-year-old attempted to impart valuable life lessons to his granddaughters.
Talking about the letter at an event here on Monday, he said: “There were a lot of questions that was asked as to why I wrote that letter. I was asked if this was a deliberate promotional technique. You can look at it the way you want to. Let me tell you how we arrived at it. While we were promoting the film, there were many interviews that we did and each one were wanting to know what is Pink. We were unable to describe the content of the story without disclosing the story line because it was a thriller.”
However, Big B is glad about the letter as it got such a strong reaction from his daughter Shweta and granddaughter Navya Naveli. “It worked as a good promotional device, but you know, promotional activity is a wide term. The letter was emotional. It addressed all daughters and granddaughters and I had such an immediate reaction from my own daughter and granddaughter. I got an immediate reaction from Navya and she said, ‘Nanu, I will exactly follow this’. My daughter said, ‘I have been trying to teach Navya for so many years and just through one letter, you have conveyed what I wanted to for so many years’. That had an immediate impact.”
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 5, 2016
The open letter was Pink co-producer Shoojit Sircar’s idea. “Shoojit said then why don’t we take the essence of the film and put it in the form of a letter and why don’t you write it to your granddaughters… It will be a nice gesture and it will be something that we will be able to convey to the audience without revealing the story. So what you saw in the letter, was the essence of Pink.”
Pink, which was released on Friday, has garnered a positive response at the box office. It raises questions on the stigmas and stereotypes attached to women.
In case you missed Amitabh’s letter to his granddaughters, read it here…
My very dearest Navya & Aaradhya
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.