Amitabh Bachchan’s grand-daughters, Navya Navelli Nanda and Aradhya Bachchan, both are born with glorious surnames and legacies.
However , with such glorification comes unwanted media attention. Navya, for instance, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. In fact, when it comes to paparazzi, it doesn’t spare anyone’s personal life; what they look like, who their friends are, what they post on Instagram- these kids are eyed 24X7. Growing up in such a pressure isn’t just hard and hurtful for them but for their parents too.
Defying all stereotypes about how conservative a grand-father or the star in himself is, Amitabh Bachchan penned down this beautiful letter to his grand-daughters which unsurprisingly resonates with all of us. My very dearest Navya & Aaradhya You both carry a very valuable legacy on your tender shoulders – Aaradhya, the legacy of your पर दादाजी, Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan…and Navya, the legacy of your पर दादाजी, Shri H P Nanda…. Both your पर दादाजी’s gave your present surnames celebrated fame, dignity and recognition ! Both of you maybe 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 – लोग क्या कहेंगे ! 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
Isn’t this exactly what all of us would like to hear from our parents and grandparents? Women are judged for everything they do, small or big. Even their own families, don’t let them be.
Thanks to this letter, we have someone, whose advice we can count upon.
Here’s a video he later posted reading out his letter:
Thank you, Sir! You are indeed more than a star.