We have apologised, it should not be politicised: Big B

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Mumbai, Sep 10 (UNI) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan today joined issue with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena for politicising Jaya Bachchan's off the cuff remarks, even as MNS activists threw stones at the PVR cinema, which was to premiere ''The Last lear'', his latest film.

Bachchan, who arrived today from London, told a packed press conference, ''The whole episode has been enough and has become a thing of the past, and even if any person is hurt by what Jaya said, we would like to apologise. However, what she said was not with any malice.'' Regretting the conflict, he said, ''We have apologised and now if still we are supposed to be guilty, we are ready to face any punishment under the direction of law and order mechanism of the state.'' Not satisfied with Jaya's apology in an interview to an English tabloid, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had stated that the boycott call on the Bachchan family movies would continue until she tendered an open public, even through a television media.

The latest conflict between the MNS and the Bachchan family was sparked by a recent remark of Jaya at a music launch function, in which she sought to speak in Hindi as she was from Uttar Pradesh, while seeking a pardon from Marathi speaking people.

MNS volunteers tarred film posters of Abhishek Bachchan and today attacked the multiplex, where ''The Last Lear'' was to be premiered.

The show was cancelled, with the producer Arindham Chaudhari and film director Rituparno Ghosh present at the press conference, addressed by Bachchan.

When asked whether he would like to invite MNS Chief Raj Thackeray at the premiere show, Bachchan said Raj is his friend and he would definitely like to invite him.

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