Big B slams Paul the octopus hoopla!
Now two-year-old octopus oracle, a resident of Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany has attracted the attention of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan who has chosen to slam the superstition surrounding it through his blog. In pics: Octopus Oraclemumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2010 16:40 IST
The Germans want to kill it while the Spanish PM has promised hi-tech security for Paul, the octopus, who continues to make headlines.
And now two-year-old octopus oracle, a resident of Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany has attracted the attention of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan who has chosen to slam the superstition surrounding it through his blog.
Paul has achieved global fame after correctly predicting the results of all of Germany's games at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa but Bachchan doesn't seem to be impressed.
"Germany lost late in to the night/early morning our time, and the surprise of the predictions of the Octopus Paul have brought superstition right onto the front pages. The octopus had predicted a Spanish victory and so it was. This is quite amazing and ridiculous at the same time.... The Germans are wanting to eat up this octopussy with gallons of beer! Incredible!," Bachchan wrote on his blog.
The 67-year-old actor also used the opportunity to clear the air over his relationship with superstition.
Bachchan writes that a lady journalist recently asked about his fascination with sapphire rings to which the actor replied, "'Dear Maam... you are a lady, I am a man, can we not bring a ring between us!!'" and added on his blog, "Huge laughter! Topic over, PC over but that lingering feeling that astrology and superstition held sway even in the minds of spectators."
The actor then went onto clear the myth about his daughter-in -law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's marriage to a tree to ward off bad omen and criticised media for going overboard with the story.
"Aishwarya and Abhishek marriage, and they marry her off to a tree to ward off 'mangalik' omen. Where on earth do they concoct such stories! Millions of media forum clarifications later, they still seek an answer to it.
"They obsess over it because a juicy story suddenly lost its ground when truth prevailed. They design a story of a simple visit to a temple as being the motive for clearing Aishwarya's bad omen. They get eminent writers to condemn this horrid act of superstition, even when they know that their facts are all wrong. Why? Why must they waste such a large amount of news print and paper over superstition?," Bachchan said.
First Published: Jul 10, 2010 16:20 IST