Bollywood has become one family while celebrating superstar Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday on Thursday, Oct 11. When the entire nation was busy in wishing their favourite star on his special day, some of his critics did not spare him.
Big B's friend-turned-critic Amar Singh and former Supreme Court justice Markandey Katju were among them who did not join the group to celebrate the actor's birthday.
According to sources, the former Samajwadi Party leader had taken a dig at Big B while attending a premier of actress Sridevi's comeback film 'English Vinglish'. Amar Singh reportedly had mocked at Big B saying that words like "Shahenshah" do not stir him. He also claimed he had invited all his friends to the premier as he did not want to follow Amitabh Bachchan who had watched Jaya Prada dance all alone in a huge empty theatre in the movie "Sharabi".
Amar Singh's comments on Big B enraged many as he has become an all-time basher for the Bollywood superstar. Earlier, he had hurled shocking allegations against the Bachchan family by calling them "greedy".
Expressing his anti-Bachchan feelings, Amar Singh had quoted as saying, "When I was jailed, he did not even bother calling me up. My bail was set at Rs 2.5 crore and he could have helped. But he did not speak to me even once."
"He once told a TV Channel that had I not helped him, he would have become bankrupt. But he doesn't have the courage to say this to me," said Amar Singh and also added, "I helped him. But life has taught me a lesson: Help the needy, not the greedy."
Meanwhile, in a conversation with journalist Barkha Dutt on Twitter, Katju on Thursday claimed, "What light has this man shone on the poor masses in India? Has he done anything for their welfare?" and also added, "This accolade of filmstars in a poor country like ours disgusts me. My opinion of mediapersons is again going down."
Katju's statement surfaced as a reply against Barkha's tweet saying, "Many wishes in advance to @SrBachchan. May you keep shining your light on us Sir. Regrets for missing the Big Bash for the Big B tonight !"
Despite such criticism, Big B has got support from many and RTI activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal was one of them who tweeted, "we celebrte bday's of gud people. its our history,gandhi,bhagat singh,we love amit ji,why nt him.buzz off katju."