Amitabh Bachchan join hands with Raj Thackeray

There was a lot of jostling in the crowd as people came to watch Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray make up and bury the past bitterness between them.

The two personalities were present in a grand ceremony of the MNS Chitrapat Sena who was celebrating their 7th anniversary. It was a historic moment as the two were seen sharing the dias after five years of discord due to Amitabh Bachchan agreeing to be the brand ambassador of the state of Uttar Pradesh. In 2008, Amitabh Bachchan had been approached with a proposal to be the brand ambassador for Uttar Pradesh which he had gladly accepted. This move had drawn flak from the MNS Chief who maintained that Bachchan being the star that he is, he should not lean towards any state but should maintain a secular position. Thackeray was seen saying, ‘I have always felt in the past 100 years, there has not been an actor as big as Bachchan. He is the brand ambassador of the whole nation, not just any state.’ Amitabh Bachchan was seen appreciating the comment graciously with a smile. He asked the people to forget everything that had happened in the past saying that it had been immersed in the Ganges River. This drew a massive round of applause from the spectators. Thackeray was seen saying that people like Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar were sent by God and did not belong to any specific region, but were much bigger than that.

The event was organized by MNS Chitrapat Sena who was observing the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema. In a part of the events, insurance policies were distributed among junior artistes and stuntsmen who risked their lives for dangerous acts. These policies were distributed collectively by Bachchan and Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar. Bachchan said ‘Not many are aware that those behind the scenes in the making of the movie need to be recognized...And in this celluloid world, it is important that the financial future of these invisible artistes is secured.’ He ended his speech with a recital from his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poem, ‘Agneepath’.

MNS Vice President Vageesh Saraswat was seen saying ‘We may have differences f opinion on various political issues, but there is no personal animosity with any individual’, referring to the strained relations between Bachchan and Thackeray. The Bachchans, barring this issue have always enjoyed good relations with the Thackeray clan.