Amitabh Bachchan's Bank Ad: Daughter Shweta Bachchan Never Wanted to Act!

Amitabh Bachchan's Bank Ad: Daughter Shweta Bachchan Never Wanted to Act!

Amitabh Bachchan's ad for a jewellery brand with daughter Shweta got a lot of negative publicity
Amitabh Bachchan's Bank Ad: Daughter Shweta Bachchan Never Wanted to Act!

A few days ago, Amitabh Bachchan released an emotionally charged ad for Kalyan Jewellers, the jewellery brand he represents. The USP of the ad was that it featured him with his daughter Shweta who was facing the camera for the first time. The ad was also released in Malayalam with actress Manju Warrier in the lead. The film showed Big B as an old man who has a run-in with some bank employees. And this is where it all went wrong. 

The bankers association put out a strong statement condemning the portrayal of bankers in the ad. To avoid further controversy, the brand pulled down the ad altogether. However, the saddest thing about the  withdrawal of the ad featuring the father and daughter Amitabh and Shweta Bachchan, is that this was Shweta acting debut of sorts.

Shweta never wanted to face the camera.Says a  family friend , “For years and years Shweta has been offered  the  best of banners and film projects. But she  desisted.She has an inbuilt resistance  about an acting career. Her brother Abhishek was the actor. She was  not. She got offers from Karan  Johar, Rakesh Roshan, R Balki, among others. But her answer was always a polite no. She was  more into writing  like her grandfather Harivansh Rai Bachchan.”

The jewellery ad gave Shweta  a chance  to share the screen  with her father. Says  the family friend, “She agreed  only because  this was her chance to  share screen space  with her father. And  now when the ad has gotten into trouble she’s unlikely  to ever face the  camera again.”

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