Stunned by the flak he drew from his Facebook followers for threatening the Kaimur (Bihar) police with legal action for using his picture to draw poor youth away from naxalism, superstar Amitabh Bachchan, on Monday, sought to set the controversy to rest.
Responding to a Facebook comment of his fan Rafique Ansari, Bachachan said: "Maine Sony se keh diya hai ki matter ab settle ho gaya hai ... legal nahin karna chahiye ..(I've told Sony people the matter is settled and there's no need for legal action)."
This posting came in response to Ansari's comment: "Sir apke ek comment par poster hata liya gaya. Ummid hai unhen maaf kar denge (On one comment from you, the posters have been removed. Hope you'll forgive them)."
Bachchan, in his Facebook post on Sunday, had hinted he was considering legal action against the Kaimur police for using his face in billboards, without securing his prior permission.
Relieved by Big B's conciliatory comment, Kaimur superintendent of police Uma Shankar Sudhanshu thanked the superstar for his 'kindness' and for 'appreciating' his picture was used for a good cause.
Adhaura (Kaimur) additional SP (operation) Manoj Kumar Yadav, the man behind the initiative to draw restless tribal youth towards education, was 'overwhelmed' by Big B's kindness and hoped he'd visit Kaimur to see the positive impact he had made among the youth of the area.
Earlier, Bachchan's official Facebook account was flooding with comments from India and abroad, many of them critical of the megastar's 'negative' reaction to the use of his image for good cause by the Kaimur police.
Saumendra Dash of Rourkela (Odisha) said that it was not the right thing to do for a 'grand persona' like Bachchan, while Manish Kamdar of Mumbai was of the view that police act was not harming him in any way and was for a noble cause.
Rajesh Jain from Jaipur posted that the police were actually enhancing his image, while Tarunpreet Singh from Auckland, New Zealand implied it did not behove celebrities to be so money-minded.
On the other hand, Chandani Jain from Kolkata and Rangnath Rao from Bangalore agreed with Bachchan that prior permission should have been obtained by Kaimur police for using his picture.
A majority of 2,300-odd reactions posted on Big B's facebook account till Monday afternoon wanted him to forget the matter as the Kaimur police had sought to serve a noble cause by using his image to inspire tribal youths to turn to education.
Some fans even wanted him to allow the Kaimur police to continue using his name and image for the good cause.