Here's why Amitabh Bachchan wrote that letter to his granddaughters

Here's why Amitabh Bachchan wrote that letter to his granddaughters

It had everything to do with Pink, Bachchan admits
18 Sep, 2016

Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan recently wrote a letter that caused quite the stir.

In the letter, he told his granddaughters that the world will try to tell them what to do but they should never worry about 'log kya kahenge'. Some loved the message, others criticised it as a PR stunt for his latest film, Pink. Set in Delhi, the courtroom drama examines the rape culture in India.

Also read: This Amitabh Bachchan fan thinks his letter to his granddaughters is a farce

In a recent interview, Big B admitted that the letter had everything to do with Pink.

"When we were promoting the film, a lot of people were asking the story and concept of Pink, shared Amitabh. "We were getting a little hesitant as to what we should say. That's when [director] Shoojit [Sircar] suggested me to write a summary of the film in a letter and send it to my granddaughters. It will be for all the girls."

Did he think a letter should also be written to boys, Amitabh was also asked.

"I think you are right. This should happen. I always feel that if we need to bring any change in the society, then we need to look after our children from childhood. We should tell them what is wrong and what is right. We all are equal," he said.

In the interview, Amitabh also touched on his desire to change the image of India abroad.

"It's very embarrassing when you visit a foreign country and you see people there talking to you and say, 'Oh you are from India, the land of rape'. It's very embarrassing. I want that to go. I hate it when I go abroad and people say, 'You are from a third world country or you are from a developing country'. Why do they call us that? We all must work towards that and make it (India) a first world country and not a developing, but as a developed country," said the actor.

Shooting Pink was a very emotional experience for Amitabh.

"There were moments when we all broke down. I myself got moved by a particular scene in the film and left the set because I just feel embarrassed to be crying in front of a lady," he added.

Apart from Big B, Pink also features Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra.


Zak Sep 18, 2016 09:34am
Publicity at any cost is the mantra.
Muhammad Mohsen Rashid Sep 18, 2016 10:09am
Amitabh Bachan is a very talented con man. Amar Singh was his saviour and see what he and his wife did to him. He is also communal, remember did not invite any of the Khans to his son's wedding. He is the son of wonderful and highly respected parents. See how for the promotion of his film Pink he wrote that letter to his wonderful and lovely grand children-- not from the heart, the letter did not have real emotions but was a ploy to market the film . He is a man who for money and publicity stoops so low. Shame on him.
Munir Sep 18, 2016 10:40am
I didn't care to read this article. After he revealed his sectarian, narrow minded mentality a while ago, I don't care why he does what he does! Neither, should any other conscientious person! An article about him is an annoyance.
Qamar Valliani Sep 18, 2016 11:00am
Every retired heros try to be in the media with some sensational news.
Skkk Sep 18, 2016 11:18am
Its good he finally admitted the letter was a stunt-it may have been written for him too. The process achieved publicity tesults but was a cheap tactic-imagine if other actors start writing scripted letters to their family members. And why does he himself care about log kya kahenge-crying in front of ladies:)...terrible!
Fudayl Sep 18, 2016 11:49am
Amitabh is a legend and i am sure the letter will serve India well, and Pakistan too, where millions of his fans reside.
Leh Sep 18, 2016 01:33pm
People seriously need to get brain before thinking that they are a good judge and then comment. The idea of writing the letter came to them when they were thinking about how to explain the story but the things said were all legitimate and reasonable. Publicity stunt isn't necessarily a bad thing unless promoting a bad idea. If it was a publicity stunt with no meaning to promote his movie only, why would he take the embarrasment of revealing this? If what he said in letter are his actual views, then what makes him discriminatory, communal etc?
Thoroughthinker Sep 18, 2016 06:06pm
Copying the basic concept of Iqbal's famous "Javaid Nama"!