Amitabh Bachchan billboards upset Pakistan
An entertainment company, Telefun recently put up billboards in Pakistan with the picture of Amitabh Bachchan on Pakistan’s National flag to promote a telephone quiz contest. The show is based on the lines of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The show will be aired from 14 August, Pakistan’s Independence Day. However Pakistani authorities have ordered the company to remove the billboards of Amitabh Bachchan.
An official of the local government in Pakistan, Mirza Asif Baig said “We are not enemies of Mr.Bachchan, but his picture on our national flag was an objectionable act and we ordered them to remove his picture from the flag. This place is reserved only for our own national heroes.” Amitabh Bachchan is extremely popular and famous in Pakistan and hence his pictures were used to promote the show. The show is also based on the lines of the US show “Who wants to be a Millionaire.” The entertainment company has complied with the authority’s demands. Telefun’s marketing Manager, Abdul Qadir says “We have already started disassociating Amitabh Bachchan’s picture from the National Flag, it was a mistake.” The entertainment company was apologetic for placing Amitabh’s picture over the National Flag of the country.
Indian Films have been banned in Pakistan since quite a while, but nonetheless they are available on pirated VCD’s and even cable channels air bollywood films. Recently the coloured version of Mughal-E-Azam and Taj Mahal-An Eternal Love Story were screened in Pakistan. Amitabh Bachchan received praise for his comic performance in Karan Johar’s KANK, although he had a relatively small role in the film. He will soon be seen in Ramgopal Varma’s film Nishabd . Amitabh Bachchan was recently awarded a doctorate by Britain’s De Montford University; the actor also had a fund-raising dinner to raise funds for the recent blast victims of Mumbai.