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When Amitabh had a sleepless night

rediff Entertainment Bureau | September 10, 2008 13:14 IST
Last Updated: September 10, 2008 13:33 IST

Amitabh Bachchan

Jaya Bachchan's controversial words made Amitabh [Images] have a sleepless night. The actor was in London [Images] when the controversy broke out last weekend, and blogged about the incident only recently.

'I was pleased when I got faxed cuttings of the press in Mumbai of date and was satisfied to read in the Mumbai Mirror [a Mumbai based tabloid] that Jaya on her own regretted the hurt caused and apologised,' Bachchan wrote on his blog.

He claimed that he sent an SMS to Jaya when he learnt of this issue. 'The casual off the cuff remarks made by her at the music launch function [of Drona [Images]] if had hurt the sentiments of Maharashtra, then she must seek regret and offer apology.

'We never have and never can look at Maharashtra with disrespect. If inadvertently this is what has been construed, then we apologise and are sorry and seek forgiveness for any sentiments that have been hurt,' Bachchan added.

The actor continued that he had contributed to the Marathi cause many times. "My make-up man Deepak Sawant is a Maharashtrian and has been with me for 35 years. And still continues. I have worked along with Jaya in a Marathi film that he produced. He later and more recently produced 2 films in Bhojpuri. I worked in them, without cost,' he wrote.

'When the Marathi film Shwaas was selected for the Oscars and the producers did not have money to go to Los Angeles to promote the film I contributed to their expenses by giving them Rs 11 lakh. In my production company AB Corp, we have been encouraging Marathi talent and filmmakers. One such project has been financed by us and work is in progress. This project is Jaya's brainchild and she initiated it,' he added.

Lets hope the Big B's [Images] words put an end to this controversy.

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