Actor Amitabh Bachchan, in Delhi yesterday to promote his new movie Teen Patti, says he is an apolitical person who is “friends with everyone”.
Responding to recent criticism that he has been silent on the issue of the Shiv Sena attacks on actor Shah Rukh Khan, while praising Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, Bachchan said, “I may go and be friends with a million people, (but) I cannot support their ideology. I don’t believe in that as I am an apolitical person.”
He said it was wrong to assume that he has not supported Shah Rukh Khan in the controversy surrounding My Name Is Khan.
“How do you know that I have not said anything to SRK about this entire episode?
I may have done so without making it public. My blog post (about people who ‘prod and push and deliberately indulge themselves in an issue are themselves guilty of the accusation’) was misinterpreted.
It was not targeted at anybody. If I am doing something (writing on the blog) that is legally or constitutionally wrong, please hang me. People should have freedom of expression, whether it is you or me,” says Bachchan.
He said he had planned to watch MNIK with SRK at his home, “SRK and I were suppose to see MNIK together at the theatre he’s built in his house, but due some technical problems it couldn’t happen. Since then, we’ve both been traveling, so we didn’t get a chance to watch it.”
The actor also expressed his condolences for the victims of the Pune bomb blast. “My prayers and condolences are with the people of Pune. German bakery was a nice hangout zone; we all have been there at some point of time. It is very upsetting and I hope it doesn’t happen again.”