One may think as to why Mr. Bachchan who is known to have a strong opinion and outlook towards various subjects irrespective of being social or not has made such a statement? Well, it was in the context of his film Piku where he plays a father, who is bit dependent on his daughter.
Talking in detail about the father-daughter relationship in the film megastar Amitabh Bachchan says, “This is a very much evolved script as far as relationships within families are concerned. You hear stories and films about father-son relationship but there are very rare moments when we hear about father-daughter relationship. And I think it’s very important for people to know that daughters are equally valuable as the son in the family, and here is one of the examples. In the film, we debate, we discuss, we disagree, we speak and shout at each other but the basic emotion that traditionally is Indian in nature; as like ‘I am the daughter, he is the father’.”
He adds, “But there are very strong opinions that father have, as far as women in the family are concerned. And I think that you should look out for that when you write your critic because, they are in a sense revolutionary, they are in a sense not being subdued by what is very conservative outlook about women in India and I think that the word ‘Women Empowerment’ has lost its value now. We know that women are empowered; look at the number of women here; they outnumber the men (addressing female journalists in the press meet) so every time we talk about women empowerment and all its now parse, women are empowered. But, how wonderful to see that in a relationship is in the film.”
Further elaborating on the detailing emotions of the relationships that is said to be the film’s core essence Mr. Bachchan explains, “There are many scenes where the conservative thought is considered interdict by the father, and that is very strongly expressed. Simple things like, he asks his wife to join him for dinner, but she says, “Nahi, pehle aap, mei baad mei khaungi” which is a traditional thing in Indian homes, but he doesn’t like that and he expresses that. And I think these are some of the things you will pick in the film, it is conversational, but in the film these are very important parts and many interactions between father and daughter.”
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, Piku will hit the screens this Friday, that stars Deepika Padukone as Piku and Irfan Khan in a pivotal role.
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