Mumbai: Extending his support to noted social activist Anna Hazare`s fight against corruption, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan Friday said he will always back issues that “benefit the nation” and also called upon the media to commit themselves to the cause.
“I shall always be supportive of any issue which benefits the nation. I do not have to preach and shout out my allegiance towards my country from the roof top every day. My loyalty is not up for questioning and is not most certainly in a realm where it can be doubted,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.
Replying to a question posted on his blog, Bachchan, who seemed to be hurt by the comments further said, “It is painful to know that without having complete knowledge of the matter from my end, she could assume factors which are not existent. To state that I am busy and interested in earning my money only and not concerned with matters of social interest, is completely unacceptable and unfair.”
“How many electronic (channels) have committed themselves to the cause,” he asked.
“Merely doing hourly reportages of it for their commercial existence and putting questions to be answered by others is a neat duck from putting their own foot into it. It would impress me greatly if a `stringer` sent on a mission to report the news were to drop the microphone, desist from reporting and join in with the fast – something that they keep asking us to do,” the 68-year-old actor said.
“Whatever work or programmes benefit the nation…are in the best of our country`s interest. I appreciate and support it. Neither do we go around claiming credit for it nor do we know how to do it,” he concluded.