Bachchan to recite father`s poems for Bhopal college students

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 16:34 PM IST

Bhopal: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is shooting for director Prakash Jha`s film `Aarakshan` here, will recite his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan`s poems at a special programme tomorrow.

The programme, `Bachchan recites Bachchan`, is being jointly organised by Jha and the Oriental Group of Institutes. "The students at the college (run by the Institute) where we were shooting were most cooperative and I thought as a gesture of my appreciation, I would give them an evening of `Kavya Paath`," Bachchan wrote on his blog.

"I need to prepare for the recital of my father`s works. I need to rehearse. I need to get it correct," he added. The 68-year-old actor also made a reference to the Madhya Pradesh government`s controversial move to rename Bhopal as Bhojpal.

"There is a move in this city to christen it as Bhojpal, instead of present Bhopal. Bhojpal was apparently its original name, a name it got from the great warrior king, Raja Bhoj.

"A thousand years have passed and the city celebrates his stature and contribution as not just a valiant ruler, but one that excelled in literature and the arts and culture too," Bachchan wrote.