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Why Amitabh Bachchan's Letter to His Granddaughters is Being Called Out

First published: September 6, 2016, 4:55 PM IST | Updated: September 6, 2016
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Why Amitabh Bachchan's Letter to His Granddaughters is Being Called Out
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Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan recently uploaded a photo and a video of a letter he'd written to his two granddaughters- Navya Naveli and Aaradhya. In his letter, he explains, that even though they bear famous surnames, the world would tell them to behave in a certain way because they are women. The actor asks them to make their own mistakes, make their own judgement and marry only when they want to and not when people ask them to.

The letter immediately went viral. With close to 2.6 million views on the video and 11,000 shares on the photos, it is fair to assume that a huge chunk of the Indian social media has seen/read it.

With virality comes criticism and Big B is not immune to it. While the letter talks about the girls' taking responsibility for their own lives and encourages them to make mistakes so they can learn, people on the social media have pointed out that it does have some patriarchal undertones to it.

While some claimed that it is rather bad that Bachchan only spoke about the not just the great grandfathers, but paternal great grandfathers at that. It negates both the idea of any contribution made by the women in the family. Also, it takes away from it the maternal side of the families altogether.

Of course, it was also accused of being more of a low-key promotion for his upcoming movie Pink.

Whatever it was, maybe the Senior Bachchan needs to clarify a few things.

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