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A lot to grain

india Updated: Jul 21, 2010 22:53 IST

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It could be a question on Amitabh Bachchan’s megahit TV quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati. Would you rather be a galactic superstar whose very presence at any place translates into sums that could run a small country or a humble farmer in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh? (a) a superstar (b) a farmer (c) neither of the two. The answer is (b), silly before you rack your brains and come up with something as improbable as (a). We have seen Baritone B’s empathy with the farmers in Agneepath. His ability to relate to the underdog in Sholay sowed the seeds of fame and fortune. So now he wants to go back to his roots and reap the fruits of his success from the land of his birth.

In case you are wondering whether he will have to plough a lonely furrow given his former sympathies to his former friend Amar Singh’s former boss Mulayam Singh, you have not understood what a savvy cultivator old Amitabh is. He has been irrigating several channels which explains why Singh’s arch rival Mayawati has agreed to water his ambitions to become a gentleman farmer. Now the possibilities are endless. We suggest the Bachchan brand be introduced to promote his harvests. Be honest, would you not rather buy B’s broccoli than some common and garden variety grown by some organic-espousing shyster? He could even nourish prospects of turning UP into a land of milk and honey by

setting up Amit’s apiary and the Don’s diary. Before you know it, franchises could mushroom across the state. In fact, there could be a collaboration between behenji and Bachchan, or B&B for short.

So, does this mean that the actor formerly known as Big B may turn in his make-up kit. Not so soon. You never know when he’ll have the ground cut out from beneath his feat and realises that his role as a son of the soil was all maya.