Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Bachchan upset over fake video that shows him praising Modi
Amitabh Bachchan has threatened legal action over a YouTube video that apparently shows the Bollywood actor championing Narendra Modi as India’s next prime minister.
The 70-year-old actor said the video featured footage from a 2007 ‘Lead India’ newspaper campaign but added visuals to suggest he was promoting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.
“I wish to state that this is an illegal act, inviting strong action, one that I am appalled by, and one that has no concurrence from me at all,” Bachchan said on Twitter. “Infuriated and angered.”
Bachchan has appeared in a series of advertisements promoting tourism in the state of Gujarat, of which Modi is the chief minister, but has never openly supported the Hindu nationalist leader.
On Thursday, Modi tweeted his support to Bachchan, saying the person who uploaded the video should apologise immediately.
Modi is widely seen as his party’s strongest candidate to become prime minister in elections due next year.