Is Amitabh Bachchan's grandson exempt from advice on how to live because he's a boy?

Swetha Ramakrishnan

Sep,07 2016 14:00:09 IST

Dear Mr Bachchan, with all due respect, ever heard of a cell phone?

As a 73-year-old mega star, we are sure you have plenty of advice to give to your grandchildren, and rightly so. But needless to say, if you're going to tweet a hand-written note to your grand daughters (and we're going to refrain from calling the act mansplaining because, well, blood is thicker than water) blatantly around the release of your film Pink, you can be rest assured that social media will criticise your obvious promotional move.

Here are some samples:

However funny and spot on these tweets are, we are willing to ignore them. For you, especially. We're willing to skip the 'why did he have to write a letter in the first place' bit.

Go ahead; it's a free world. You want to write a letter? Sure, do it. However, remember, you are Amitabh Bachchan. You have all the agency, power and reach in the world.

Amitabh Bachchan in Pink.

Amitabh Bachchan in Pink.

With great power comes great responsibility, remember?

You could have used that much space in paper to address better concerns, could you not?

Better concerns pertaining to ALL your grandchildren: wage gap and how to not settle for lesser remuneration because of gender; how to not be bothered about mindless religious traditions (like marrying a tree) before getting married; how to chart their own career, without having to use the family name; or just how to be respectful, humble human beings (we can go on).

Do you really think your grand daughters need to be told, in public, that they should chart their own territory? One of your granddaughters is a teenager, and the other is a toddler. Do you think the same rules and advice apply to them?

What about your grandson? Is he exempt from advice on how to live, because he's a boy?

Here's some advice for you. The next time you want to promote your film, don't assume your social media followers (or extended family, as you call them) are stupid. Your film releases in barely a week, people will put two and two together.

If you want to publish a letter for the whole world to see, take some onus on matters that are relevant today. Instead of telling your granddaughters that they are not defined by the length of their skirt, tell ALL your grandchildren that they can be anything they want to be.

Tell your grandson that he will not have it easy just because he's a boy. Tell them to be their own person (not boy, or girl). Tell them about all their grandparents, not just their great-grandfathers. Tell them about the sacrifices that the women of the house have made so the men can prosper. And then, tell them that they would never have to confine themselves to archaic gender roles.

Or you know, pick the phone and call them. It would save you so much trouble.

Updated Date: Sep 07, 2016 18:12 PM