Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, son of late celebrated poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, says writers are the most important part of the filmmaking process.
Talking about his father at the Tata Literature Live here, Big B said: "Every time my father wrote a poem, we were the first he would introduce the poem to. In particular, he would ask us to read it in almost the same graph and tone with which he had written and I felt that it was extremely important and has affected my work as a professional actor. I feel that writers are the most important ingredient in filmmaking."
Amitabh was accompanied at the event on Thursday by his politician-actress wife Jaya Bachchan. They launched author Siddharth Shanghvi's new book "The Rabbit and The Squirrel".
On being asked about the importance of storytelling and whether she reads to her grandchildren, Jaya said she made a habit of reading to them every night.
Commenting on reading stories to the eldest, Navya Naveli Nanda, she said: "I used to make up stories every night when she was little and when my grandson (Agastya) arrived, I started telling the same story, adding a little bit and paying a little more attention to the prince. It used to be a bit more on the princess before."
The 70-year-old actress said when the two grew up, she stopped making up stories and read proper published books to them.