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Bachchan upset over fake video that shows him praising Modi

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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.

Bachchan described the online video as “fake” on Wednesday and expressed outrage on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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.”

WIFW 2010: First day a no-show

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Shows on the first day of India’s biggest fashion event were cancelled on Wednesday after organisers of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week could not furnish mandatory fire safety permits.

(Flip cam video by Urvashi Sibal)

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