Despite what haters will have you believe, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan did not take any appearance fee for singing the national anthem in the India-Pakistan World Twenty 20 clash, confirmed Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly. On the contrary, Big B spent Rs 30 lakh from his pocket for the appearance.
After India beat Pakistan by six wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday night, a report in the social media claimed that the megastar had taken Rs 4 crore to sing the national anthem and be present for the gala pre-match ceremony where former cricketers were felicitated. Many fans reacted to the report, with some questioning his patriotism.
“Mr Bachchan is one and only, a special person. I am eternally grateful to him. Can you imagine someone paying Rs 30 lakhs of his own pocket to perform? He booked his own flight, bought his own tickets and even paid the hotel bills. I literally begged him to take some money but he said that I am doing it for love and there is no question of money being involved,” CAB president Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying in Anandbazar Patrika.
Bachchan also took to Twitter to comment on the issue.
T 2181 - When you give attention to disgusting rubbish, you justify the purpose of the dirt .. cheap attention ! pic.twitter.com/UVCbkxnAaJ— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 20, 2016
T 2180 - Just landed from an excessive adrenalin rushed victory cheer celebration .. and the honor of singing the National Anthem !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 19, 2016
Earlier a top CAB official cleared the air on Sunday. “No, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan did not take any money from us,” the official said. The 73-year-old actor reportedly also booked his flight tickets and paid his hotel bills himself.
(With inputs from IANS)