On Friday the internet was brimming with bonhomie when they saw Shabana Azmi and her husband Javed Akhtar wearing what was described as clothes given to them by a fan named Jayshree who sat next to the golden couple in a picture.
However when I asked Shabana about the “fan” and her generous gift Shabana clarified. “That wasn’t my fan. It was our house-help Jayshree . She has been with us for twelve years and I love her to death. She is an integral part of our family. When her daughter got married she gifted us these lovely traditional Maharashtrian clothes.Instead of tossing them into a corner we decided to actually use her gift, wear her clothes, gifted to us by her hard-earned money. We were deeply touched.”
It’s nice to see a prominent member of the Indian film industry treating the house help with such kindness and generosity. I have seen a veteran actress actually slapping her house help in the kitchen for getting an ingredient in one of the dishes wrong. On the other hand there was dear old filmmaker Basu Chatterjee who insisted that his house-help sit with the family at the dining table for all her meals.