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The eager wait for Bollywood’s first family’s first grand-child to utter her first word is finally over. Confirming that she has much of her grandfather’s sense of timing and dialogue delivery skills in her blood, Aaradhya Bachchan uttered her first word – “Scam”.
The bittersweet moment took place on Wednesday evening, when Amitabh Bachchan was playing with his grand-daughter in the Bachchan household’s living room, goading her to say ‘Dada’. Instead, Aaradhya pointed to the television where Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde was being interviewed with regard to the Adarsh Housing Scheme and shouted, “Scam!”
The smile left Big B’s face instantly and the angry young man of Sholay fame left to tweet his displeasure about the media, polity and everything else that’s wrong with the world today. Mrs. Jaya Bachchan, on the other hand, crowed with delight, and announced loudly that her grand–daughter takes after her and was only protesting the ‘filmy jibe’ thrown at her by Mr. Shinde in Parliament.
Later, a visibly dismayed Abhishek Bachchan spoke to The Unreal Times, bemoaning the harmful influence TV has had on his growing daughter, and said that his daughter is an innocent victim of the media’s relentless coverage of the 2G scam, Adarsh Housing scam, Coal Allocation Scam and other such scams. The Junior Bachchan also proudly claimed that his daughter could state the exact loss to the government exchequer down to the last paisa, and also name all the members involved in these scams – Raja, Kalmadi, the ADAG executives among others. “She can even pronounce a tongue-twister like Kanimozhi, something that neither Paa nor I have been able to manage so far!” he added with undisguised pride.
Child psychologists have come forward to suggest that this is quite normal. “A child is a product of its environment, and Aaradhya has simply established this,” said noted psychologist Dr. Ramesh Manjrekar. The Bachchan family isn’t taking any chances though, and has been showing Aaradhya scenes from Deewar, Guru, Sholay and several other Bachchan blockbusters (they have been careful to avoid Drona and Raavan), to cultivate a sense of Bollywood in her.
Nevertheless, Aaradhya’s feat has made her incredibly popular, particularly with the national media. She is soon expected to be a panelist on several debates on national channels starting with Newshour on Times Now with Arnab Goswami.