News|July 18, 2011 12:42 pm

Amitabh Bachchan Doest Not Believe In Caste System

Amitabh Bachchan talking about his upcoming film Aarakshan and personal life experiences relating to the issue which his film talks about,

The film Aarakshan speaks about caste based reservations, Amitabh Bachchan says I don’t believe in the caste system, and have never faced any such problems and is proud that his father gave him a surname that doesn’t denote any such thing.

Amitabh Bachchan in an interview Said,

If ever I have faced a rejection or a failure, it has been on the basis of my incapability to do something and never my caste,

I think rejection because of incapability is right because if I’m not capable of doing a particular work, the other person has the right to disapprove of me or reject me. Like, I lost in politics because I was not capable, not because I was of a particular caste,

I never understood the caste system because I was born and brought up in a family and in an atmosphere that never ever preached caste or believed in it,

I feel very proud because I am the first bearer of a name that was started by my father which has no cast reference at all. My father, perhaps, was the very first individual in the city of Allahabad to have undergone an inter caste marriage in those times.

He married a Sikh. He was a Kayasth from Uttar Pradesh. When the question came about of my admission in school and the teachers asked what is the surname, my father said he didn’t want the surname to bear any kind of caste reflection and therefore his pen name became my surname.

So I’m very proud of the fact that I was the originator of the Bachchan name, which is casteless, if surnames are an indication of any kind of caste,

When asked, what could be done to break the caste barrieds and change the situation in the country, he said,

Many attempts have been made… everywhere I have gone, where we have discussed this, we haven’t really come across a solution. It is something that we have inherited. Our social structure has been developed in this manner. We have to live with it. But I hope something can be done.

Coming to the upcoming film Aarakshan, he speaks,

I wasn’t as conversant as perhaps Prakashji about the subject because I never paid attention to it and never thought about it because I don’t believe in it. When I met Prakashji and he talked about the film, I came to know various aspects which were very convincingly and adequately explained to me during the making of the film.