Amitabh wants to be part of charity, but not lead it
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday said he was willing to be part of charity but would not like to lead any charitable body like American Billionaire Bill Gates.india Updated: Jan 27, 2008 20:26 IST
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday said he was willing to be part of charity but would not like to lead any charitable body like American Billionaire Bill Gates.
Bachchan, who was in this village in Barabanki district with his family for the foundation stone laying ceremony of a college name after daughter-in-law Aishwarya, was urged by Third Front leaders Chandrababu Naidu, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh to mobilise charity.
In his address, Naidu urged Amitabh to undertake "charity" to "alleviate poverty".
"What Bill Gates is doing all over the world ... You (Amitabh) mobilise charity in India ... We will follow you," Naidu said.
In response Bachchan said, "I respect his (Naidu) words ... But I don't want to lead it ... I am, however, ready to join it," he said at the function.
Amar Singh said Bachchan commanded huge popularity in all parts of the country and referred to his role in the Pulse Polio campaign.
He urged the megastar to consider the proposal and said it would be the "greatest gift" to him on his birthday on Sunday.