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Big B demands donation from tabloid

entertainment Updated: Feb 21, 2010 13:13 IST

Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has demanded an apology from a city-based tabloid for printing a story about Aishwarya Rai's health and asked for a donation to a national charitable foundation working for tuberculosis.

The tabloid published a report saying Aishwarya had been trying to conceive for some time but has been unable to do as she is suffering from "stomach tuberculosis" which was slammed by Bachchan in his blog.

In a new post on his blog, Big B has demanded an apology for the "defamatory" article.

"Due to the illicit nature of this slander, I request a retraction and full apology. The full apology comprises - The names of the individual journalist and chief editor. The journalist's and editor's unqualified retraction and refutation of the contents of the article...," Bachchan wrote.

"The apology should be addressed to both Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and to the Bachchan family. The apology is to be printed on the first page of the Entertainment section of the tabloid," he added.

"An immediate donation of a sum of (amount to be decided by members of my Extended Family of the Blog) to a national charitable foundation that supports those who suffer from tuberculosis and an article in your newspaper highlighting its work," the superstar further wrote.

Bachchan also posted a letter written by Aishwarya to the tabloid asking for a denial and an apology on Thursday which later printed in the next edition of the publication.

"Do note that the last few lines of the letter seeking apology have been conveniently deleted in the print," Bachchan wrote.