Aamir Khan’s loss may be Amitabh Bachchan’s gain.
The 73-year-old superstar emerged on Thursday as the frontrunner for the government’s ‘Incredible India’ campaign, a day after the Centre decided to not renew Khan’s contract for the flagship scheme to promote tourism in the country.
“Amitabh Bachchan will be the first choice of the ministry for the job. A proposal will be sent to him. It will be finalised soon,” said a senior tourism ministry official
“Other names being considered include actors Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.”
Sources said unlike Khan, who had entered a contractual agreement with McCann Worldwide agency, Bachchan might be the ministry’s first official brand ambassador.
T 2105 - Hurt rib from shoot .. but ok .. taking friends Ef to WAZIR at South City Mall, Kolkata this evening !! YEA pic.twitter.com/8KkusgWKzk— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 7, 2016
A decision regarding this was likely to be taken on Friday. Bachchan is also the brand ambassador for Gujarat tourism.
The revelations came on a day Khan said he respected the government’s decision and clarified all public service films done by him till date were free of cost.
“It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to be the brand ambassador for the Incredible India campaign for the past 10 years. Whether I am brand ambassador or not, India will remain Incredible,” the actor’s statement said.
This came after widespread speculation that the star was axed due to his comments on intolerance last November, when he revealed he and his wife considered moving out of India because a sense of “insecurity” and “fear” had seeped deep within society.
The comments came under searing criticism with several BJP leaders attacking the actor.
The government has already pointed out the decision to discontinue with the actor’s services was a result of a contract with McCann running out.
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