For actors, when it comes to criticism of their work, some would take it with a pinch of salt, while others would not. For megastar Amitabh Bachchan, he said that being criticised for his work at least means that the audience has watched it, and he is fine with it as opposed to people not watching it at all. Amitabh and his wife Jaya were in conversation with author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi at the launch of his book The Rabbit and The Squirrel.

The two, who were present at the ninth edition of Tata Literature Live!, were asked how they both take criticism, and Jaya immediately replied, “I don’t actually care.” Amitabh on the other hand said that he accepts criticism, as it shows him an aspect of his work that he might not be aware of.

“The first assurance that you get is somebody has actually read your work. It’s very important for us, in the creative field, because if no one goes to see our films, that’s very bad. So, that’s one of the first things that comes to your mind. But seriously, I would accept criticism, I would liked to be criticised because it gives you an aspect of your work which you may not be aware of,” PTI quoted Amitabh as saying.

The star said critics’ observation often go beyond the obvious and point out nuances which is a must for people in creative field.

“There are many critics who are able to have that perception, who are able to go beyond what you have written or have a different view point. I think it’s important for anyone in the creative field to know that. Many times, we are unaware of it. Most of the times, the critics are right and we are wrong,” he said.

“In such situations, when you feel they have been unfair, cut that criticism out from the piece of paper and stick it on your bathroom wall and every morning, look into the mirror and say, ‘One day buddy, I am going to disapprove you,'” he added.

The fest, which opened on November 15, will feature speakers, authors, intellectuals, journalists and performers from around the world including The Crown director Stephen Daldry, David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl, Mark Tully, among others.