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I never invited media to follow me: Big B

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan responds to bloggers, saying he cannot prevent the media from making his temple visits look like a public spectacle.

india Updated: May 31, 2008 20:16 IST

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he cannot prevent the media from making his temple visits look like a public spectacle.

Bachchan said he never never invited mediapersons to follow him during his rituals. "My religiosity is my democratic prerogative in a free society. No one has the right to question it or to paint adverse malicious comments," Bachchan wrote on his blog.

The actor was responding to bloggers who posted comments wanting to know what he asks from Gods and whether there is a need to make a public spectacle of it.

Bachchan accompanied by his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya walked bare foot to Siddhivinayak temple early Tuesday morning to offer prayers to Lord Ganesh.

The Big B said he visited the temple to seek strength and protection and to exist with honour and grace.

The actor also denied that special treatment is meted out to him and his family during such visits.

"The portals of divine presence belong to no particular individual. HE is the only VIP. In HIS presence, all are equal. I deny any special treatment meted out to us. For better people management, certain locations have intricate procedures in place. If it is accessible to all and if I fall in any one legally programmed category, I shall avail it. My presence there is that of a devotee; as one with the others," he said.

Bachchan said he is disturbed,immensely upset and angry by the "anti-secular" comments made by certain elements on the blog.

"I shall not mention them by name but they must know that they will never be entertained or acknowledged here. They are ignorant and wrong in their assessment and accusations," he added.