Amitabh Bachchan's Comments On Unnao/Kathua Isn't A First, He Has Always Shied Away From Taking A Stand

Ankur Pathak

It's no secret that one of Hindi cinema's most influential star, Amitabh Bachchan, is also the industry's most feeble voice, especially when it comes to taking a stand on issues of national significance. A master of verbal diplomacy, Bachchan has consistently shied away from explicitly taking a position that directly affects the very society that has made him a megastar.

Being in a position of power that Bachchan is in, comes with a certain moral obligation to use that power responsibly. It's not a lot to expect our stars to call out regressive drivel that gets perpetuated online or otherwise, especially when it affects a member of their own fraternity. Bachchan routinely talks about 'women empowerment' on Twitter, but never in a specific context. For him, it's always been a calculative decision, not a sincere one, like was evident when he wrote an open letter to his granddaughters, talking about women becoming victims of patriarchy, just in time to coincide with the release of his similarly-themed, Pink.

At a press conference in Mumbai to promote his next film, Bachchan was asked about the horrifying rapes in Unnao and Kathua that have rocked the nation. Almost the entire industry (Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt) has condemned the incident, with actors such as Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Swara Bhaskar, producer Ekta Kapoor joining protests demanding swift action from the establishment against the atrocities. However, when it came to Bachchan, he said, "Even discussing this issue feels disgusting, don't bring up this issue. It is terrible to even talk about it."

Ironically, he is the brand ambassador of the government's 'BetiBachao, BetiPadhao' campaign. That, most certainly makes him accountable, at least as far as having a nuanced, complex response is concerned.

Here's when he's bailed on other occasions:

1. When Priyanka Chopra was shamed for wearing a skirt

When India's crossover sensation met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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