Amitabh Bachchan is the last ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood: Bal Thackeray

Amitabh Bachchan is the last ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood: Bal Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray Saturday demanded that the country’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, be conferred on Amitabh Bachchan. “Amitabh Bachchan is the last ‘Shahenshah’ (emperor) of Bollywood. In many countries of the world, the people don’t know who is the president or prime minister of the country, but they know Bachchan,” Thackeray said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna. “He is a real jewel of India who has brought laurels to the country…Bachchan truly deserves the Bharat Ratna,” Thackeray said. Praising various qualities of the megastar, he pointed out that some time ago, another Bharat Ratna, singer Lata Mangeshkar, had also suggested Bachchan’s name for the honour. Bachchan is “as deserving as Sachin Tendulkar for the Bharat Ratna,” but the central government and the Congress has ignored it in view of strained relations between the Bachchan and the Gandhi family, Thackeray said. Thackeray referred to the smear campaigns against Bachchan as recently someone used a fake Twitter account in the actor’s name, tweeting malicious statements against the Shahrukh Khan starrer RA.One. Actor Sayali Bhagat hurled allegations of misbehaviour at Bachchan, but she now denied it, the Shiv Sena chief said. “Who is this ‘Ravana’ behind these slander campaigns against a respected person like Bachchan? This should be probed,” Thackeray demanded, without naming anybody. Thackeray’s comments assume significance in view of the ongoing Maharashtrians versus north-Indians debate here that has been kicked off by city Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam. “We are not a burden on Mumbai,” the MP said October 24 adding, “If north Indians take a single day off, Mumbai will be practically paralysed.”


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  • ajit

    thackeray, editor of a newspaper is a chief of a political party. in his editorials is writing about failure of a film and controversies caused due to fake twitter accounts???????
    due to old age he does not have anything else to do. so may be he keeps on watching zoom tv all day and writes his editorials…

    • monu

      very foolish thoughts expressed by mr whosoever u are.

    • Amajjit Raj Singhani

      Before recommending Bharat Ratna to Amitabh type cheap entertainer, who makes public fool with his cheap garbage films, Thackeray should consider his own stature as Gunda/Criminal mafia don or politician and his opinion value is just ZERO for the Govt.

  • Dadster

    Amita bacchan had duped the customs by not declaring lakhs of rupees of stuff he bought from London’s Harrods. When he was confronted later with receipts of having claimed refund of lakhs of rupees of VAT at heathrow airport over the stuff he had bought and brought to India,he paid it and the fine for false declaration . ( wonder weather a lesser celebrity would have got away so lightly ) . But the fact that he tried to dupe is a blemish on his character and a moral turpitude . But Indians would forgive him and Indian rulers will forget it as they are all equally corrupt and moral pygmies . Amita Bacchan tried to stash away money he collected as his fee for acting paid out from the theatre tickets purchased by the men on
    the street , in Swiss Banks and even tried to get Swiss citizenship to escape . It is such people who are HEROES in India now, like our political netas. People get what they deserve. Perhaps this is what India deserves ! Gods Save India !. We are too many of us and we need too many Gods too. India is too much for just one God to manage it. We need all the available Gods Viz , Gods of Truth and Honesty and Gods of Corruption
    and Dishonesty too ! We will worship all of them.