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Amar speaks for Big B

Two days after taking a dig at Jaya Bachchan for remaining in the Samajwadi Party, expelled SP leader Amar Singh came to Amitabh Bachchan’s aid over his controversial role as brand ambassador for Gujarat.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2010 00:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Two days after taking a dig at Jaya Bachchan for remaining in the Samajwadi Party, expelled SP leader Amar Singh came to Amitabh Bachchan’s aid over his controversial role as brand ambassador for Gujarat.

Addressing a function at Symbiosis College on Tuesday, Singh slammed the Bollywood star’s critics for questioning his secular credentials.

Singh said it was not up to Amitabh Bachchan to decide who was behind the Gujarat riots of 2002.

The Congress had on Monday criticised the actor for associating with a state that was led by Narendra Modi, who is being questioned by a Supreme Court-appointed SIT for his role in the riots during his previous term as chief minister.

“Today some people are raising questions on his association with the state where a genocide took place. The verdict in this matter will only be given by the court,” Singh said.

"Amitabh's secular credentials are beyond doubt as he carries on his father's (poet Harivanshrai’s) legacy," the Rajya Sabha MP said.

Singh said Amitabh was as a "global icon who transcended geographical and cultural barriers of states and nations”.

"He belongs to Maharashtra, Bengal, UP and also Egypt and the whole world. Amitabh is never afraid of criticism and answers it with politeness and maintains silence," Singh said.

Amitabh took a philosophical line when students asked him to comment on the criticism he is currently facing. "Criticism is essential for life. We learn from mistakes. I take criticism in good spirit and learn from it," he said.

The Bollywood icon added that he drew inspiration from criticism and had advised his son Abhishek to follow the same philosophy when his work evoked negative comments.