After seeking blessings of Lord Jagannath at Puri, super star Amitabh Bachchan today appealed to the people of Orissa to accept him as 'Jamairaja' (son-in- law) of the state.
While addressing a function here marking inauguration of Vrindaban Gurukul developed by flute maestro Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the Big B said since he married a woman from the neighbouring West Bengal and enjoyed status of 'Jamai Babu' there, the people of Orissa should accept him as 'Jamairaja'.
"I cannot call myself 'Jamairaja' of the state. But in the adjoining state I am the 'Jamai Babu'. Therefore, please do consider me as your 'Jamairaja'," Bachchan said to the laughter from the audience.
"If ever there is any occasion you require my service as 'Jamairaja', I commit myself to do it, today," he said.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chaurasia's son Rajiv Cahurasia had described his father Hari Prasad Chaurasia as 'Jamairaja' of the state since his mother hailed from Orissa.
Jaya Bachchan, however, did not like an artist to be belonging to any particular state or region. "An artist belongs to the entire nation and the world," she said.