Where Amitabh Bachchan goes, his fans follow. And the superstar just added another to his list -- a full grown tiger who chased Bachchan for 4 km on Tuesday as he took a safari in Sanjay Gandhi National Park situated in Mumbai.
So moved was the star with the encounter that he shared the experience on Facebook, Twitter and his blog. He also posted a number of pictures of the tiger looking at him.
He wrote, “Here it is .. in the company of the Big Cat .. in the heart of the city .. you cannot imagine the forests that abound in the heart of urban Mumbai .. This tiger chased us for 4 kms .. very unusual .. they do not normally do this .. It is in the SGNP Reserve, right within the Film City, where we work so often .. incredible !!”
Bachchan debuted as Maharashtra’s ‘Tiger Ambassador’ at a function held inside the reserve on Tuesday.He was at the SNGP Reserve for the event. “I shall give my best to help the forest department conserve and save the tigers in this state’s forests and reserves,” Bachchan said at the event.
He also inaugurated two special buses with engravings of tigers and lions which will ferry tourists to safaris inside the SGNP where the big cats live in the open.
T 2019 - In close company of the Big Cat .. !! And this on a road in the heart of the city .. pic.twitter.com/BNH2EZSKvR— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 6, 2015
“Driving to the functions to honour a week of this activity as a campaign, one passes through some of the thickest forest edifices that abound in the heart of the city. It is within the premises of the Film City. Many a time leopards have paid us a visit on our sets or our shootings. Many have been trapped and put back into the forest, if they were to wander beyond, but yes, they do stroll around a bit to catch a glimpse of the stars that work within. This has been a revelation. 45 years in the city and never seen the beauty of these natural habitats that abound within the heart of the city. Its lungs!,” he wrote on his official blog.
Watch: Amitabh’s musical story of his meeting with the big cat