Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday hit out at Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss for his "overzealous" campaign to stop drinking by actors, saying the latter should first try to ban this dreaded habit among all government servants.
"Our intoxication, Mr Minister, is in the credibility we bring to a drunken scene without being literally drunk, not to propagate alcoholism. Could we dare to inquire whether you, being in governance, have considered first to ban this dreaded habit from all government servants in the country," the actor said in his latest blog.
Noting that the film industry shall follow diligently if the Minister brings a law to ban drinking in films, Bachchan said the "liquor lobby" is accorded great respectability on issuance of a license to manufacture liquor or make gracious contribution to the government coffers.
The actor said he has been named on Ramadoss' no-smoking campaign, along with Shah Rukh Khan. "Some of the posters of two of my not too recent films have led you to believe that there has been a grave destruction of the ethics of your campaign," he said.
The superstar wondered whether the government would consider banning vast plantation of the 'beedi' leaves in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
"After all such an act would jeopardise the employment of thousands of workers (oops voters!) and I believe, the business prospects of one of your 'flying' Cabinet colleagues," said Bachchan in an apparent reference to Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel who is also into beedi manufacturing business.