Here’s Why Big B’s Viral Tweet About ‘Height’ Is Something We Should Talk About Today

Last night, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted a job application which, almost instantly, went viral. This ‘job application’ was to tell actresses Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone that the solution to the ‘height problem’ was to act with Big B as he was the tallest actor in the Hindi Film Industry.

Katrina and Deepika are the tallest actresses in the industry. Big B’s tweet was in response to an article which stated how Aamir Khan and Shahid Kapoor are shorter than the two divas and how it is a problem during a film’s shoot.

While most of us joked about this and took it with a stride – there is something I need to talk about here -the mindset that ‘men have to be taller than women’.

So a while ago, I overheard two men talking about their prospective brides. “Dude, bandi mujhse lambi nai honi chahiye, accha nai lagega. Zyaada se zyaada kaan tak ani chahiye mere, (The girl shouldn’t be taller than me, it won’t look good. She should reach till my ear not more),” one of them said. So, he would marry a woman with a smaller height but an incompatible personality rather than marrying a woman who is taller and compatible!

Why? No one really has a reasonable answer to that. The only thing people would say is, “It doesn’t look good. Women have always been shorter.” What bullshit.

Even though this might sound feministic, but men and women both need to understand that the height of a lady is not the height of her ego and it DOES NOT in anyway hurt his male ego. This mentality reflects our ancient patrilineal culture and it is not just men who think this way but women also want to date men who are taller than them.

Try asking a woman why they want to date a man who is taller. Some will tell you its because they want to wear heels without worrying about anything and others will tell you because the old image of a ‘tall, dark and handsome’ man portrays an ideal man who is taller!

Think about it. How does it matter? You can’t blame someone for not doing or doing cycling in childhood or having or not having tall ancestors! Isn’t it crazy to keep this as a ‘qualification’? There are only a select few who have broadened their mind – very few men who don’t take a woman’s height as an attack on their ego and very few women who don’t be embarrassed in public if their partners are shorter than them.

We still have a long way to go in India but abroad things have already changed and it is no big deal for most. For instance, women like Cameron Diaz, Carla Bruni, Liv Tyler, Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman and others have dated partners shorter than them with complete ease. It was never a big deal, let’s not make it so.

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Heer Khant
Heer Khant

Traveller | Writer | Photographer | Maverick | Social Worker | Lawyer | A freedom-loving woman for whom words are like wings to her soul. She believes in aliens, hates boundaries and lives like the first human on Earth.

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