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Home > India > Movies > Bollywood News

Amitabh takes on Raj Thackeray

rediff Entertainment Bureau | March 28, 2008 14:00 IST

Amitabh Bachchan

Replying to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supremo Raj Thackeray's remarks against him, Amitabh Bachchan [Images] has stated that India is a free country and everyone has the right to live wherever they please.

This is the first time Bachchan has reacted in public against Thackeray ever since the latter targetted him for being more loyal to his hometown, Uttar Pradesh, rather than Maharashtra, where he has been residing for more than 40 years.

Bachchan's statement came a day after a hoarding -- erected at Mumbai's North Central area of Shivaji Park by Thackeray's followers -- made fun of the actor and called him 'Superstar Shetkari.' (farmer)

The hoarding also mentioned that Bachchan, who had donated his Lonavala land to farmers displaced due to the construction of a dam, was demanding the land back, a move that Bachchan had made only the day before.

The actor gave his answer at a press conference for the International Indian Film Academy, of which Bachchan is the brand ambassador. When a journalist asked him to comment on Thackeray's repeated attacks on him, Bachchan said, "The Indian Constitution has given me the right to live anywhere in the country. It is my fundamental right."

Without naming Thackeray, Bachchan said, "Everybody has a right to the freedom speech but I only follow the law of the land, the Indian Constitution and my conscience. Besides that, I don't bother about anything else."

When asked to comment on the Lonavala land issue, Bachchan said, "The case is sub judice and I cannot talk about it."

Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar