Amitabh Bachchan is gearing up for the release of his film, Pink, which tackles the issue of women empowerment in India.
Ahead of the release of the film, the actor took to Twitter to pen an open letter to his grand-daughters, 17-year-old Navya Naveli Nanda and 4-year-old Aaradhya Bachchan.
In the letter, the actor questioned the mindset of Indians towards women and advised his granddaughters to follow their heart. Read the full text of his letter here:
"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 pardadas 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."
Bachchan's letter is perfectly timed to clash with the release of Pink, which is touted to be a gamechanger. His open letter has gone viral and has helped drum up anticipation for the film.
Here's how social media reacted to the letter: