Bihar police heaved a sigh of relief after Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan made it clear that he will not take legal action against the Kaimur cops who had used his picture in a motivational campaign without permission.
On Nov 11, the actor had tweeted: "Just read news about my photograph being used by Bihar Police .. this is illegal, no consent taken or given, lawyers in action now."
After Bachchan also expressed his dismay on Facebook, Kaimur police removed all the billboards in which the actor was featured. However, the cops averred that Bachchan's picture had been only used to motivate tribal youth to excel in competitive exams.
Manoj Kumar Yadav, Additional Superintendent of Police in Adhaura, said that the cops had modelled their 'Adhaura 30' campaign on the lines of the immensely successful 'Super 30' educational programme started by Anand Kumar here. The latter selects 30 economically backward candidates and trains them for the IIT-JEE.
According to the ASP, the posters featuring Bachchan were put up across Kaimur mainly because there are a large number of unemployed youth in the district. "They don't know about the professional courses they can pursue for employment. The poster which said 'Gyan hi aapko aapka haq dila sakta hai' motivated the youth to prepare for jobs in different government sectors," Manoj Kumar Yadav noted.
A majority of Bachchan's fans felt that the actor should not have reacted in a negative manner to the efforts of the police to wean away semi-literate youth from Naxalism. In his Facebook post, Saumendra Dash of Rourkela remarked that a 'grand persona' like Bachchan should not have slammed the Bihar police.
Rajesh Jain of Jaipur pointed out that the cops had enhanced the actor's image. Concurring with Rajesh, Manish Kamdar of Mumbai posted that the Kaimur police had not harmed his image in any way and they were in fact working for a noble cause.
Another Bachchan fan Rafique Ansari said: "Sir apke ek comment par poster hata liya gaya. Ummid hai unhen maaf kar denge (Following one comment from you, the posters have been removed. Hope you will forgive them)."
The actor then clarified: "Maine Sony se keh diya hai ki matter ab settle ho gaya hai ... legal nahin karna chahiye ..(I've told Sony channel the matter has been settled and hence they should not take legal action)."
It is worth noting that Bachchan had stressed "Gyan hi aapko aapka haq dila sakta hai" on Sony's popular TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Kaimur SP Uma Shankar Sudhanshu thanked Bachchan for his "kindness". Manoj Kumar Yadav said that Bachchan could visit Kaimur and see for himself how the youth were impacted by the posters.