Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has often come under attack from social media users for not speaking out on violation of human rights in BJP ruled states or episodes that may cause embarrassment to the saffron party.
Twitter users trolled him for his silence when Pehlu Khan was murdered by right-wing terrorists. He also received flak when he chose not to speak on the stalking and attempted kidnapping of the daughter of an IAS officer by Haryana BJP chief’s son. Social media users poked fun at him when more than 100 children died of UP government’s administrative failure and he remained silent once again.
— Jas Oberoi | ਜੱਸ ਓਬਰੌਏ (@iJasOberoi) August 6, 2017
Plz say something for Junaid and pehlu nd ikhlas
— Nazeefah Zahid?? (@nazeefahsuada) July 4, 2017
— Mohammed AbdulRahman (@salman_therocky) April 21, 2017
— Keshava (@Kumar_Ke5hav) August 19, 2017
However, Bachchan senior has wasted no time in expressing his concern for the victims of Triple Talaq, a cause that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party have been championing since coming to power at the Centre in May 2014.
Bachchan’s name had figured in the infamous Panama papers leak scandal last year. Critics say that his reluctance to criticise the BJP government may emanate from the fear of reprisals from the Centre, which may unleash the prove agencies against him.
Bachchan on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq speaks for itself and that “we can’t argue with the law of our country”.
“The judgement speaks for itself and we can’t argue with the law of our country,” Bachchan told reporters at the press conference of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.
The “Piku” star said he felt saddened with the way women face restrictions in the society.
“Young girls are prevented from being educated because she is going to get married, so why waste money on her. I feel sad for them. They defy all the social norms that may be prevalent in their villages and in their lives for so many years to come out and sit in front of me on the hot seat (for KBC)…They succeed in what they had visioned for them (which) is so inspiring to see,” he was quoted by PTI.
Bachchan said when he does a film like “Pink”, he doesn’t think twice.
“Because I know the kind of circumstances that women in our country, particularly young women, go through every day. And in some way if I can put this message across through this show about them defying social norms, which have been pressurising them, I think that is a great feeling,” he said.
Ahead of the ninth season of the popular television reality show, Big B said one of the main reasons for him to take up the show every season is to meet the common man and listen to their stories.
“The opportunity I get to meet people of this country about whom we hear or read through media. We never get the opportunity to meet them live and for me that becomes a realistic moment when I shake hands with them, sit across the table, and listen to their stories and feel for them. It is an emotional moment when you hear about the hardships and circumstances that they go through,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)