Bollywood hails Anna Hazare`s victory; terms it a new dawn
New Delhi: Anna Hazare ended his 12-day fast Sunday morning and a lot of Bollywood celebrities - from megastar Amitabh Bachchan to social activist-actress Shabana Azmi - expressed their, happiness calling it `a moment of greatest pride` and `a new beginning`.
Hazare, who began his fast Aug 16 morning, agreed to break his fast after parliament Saturday broadly agreed to three key demands of his civil society group to battle corruption.
The celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings.
Here is what they had to say:
Amitabh Bachchan: To know that such individuals inhabit our nation is a moment of the greatest pride. But to know what they feel is incredible!! ...all praise to the spirit of the one man... that he inhabits our land and feels for it.
Shabana Azmi: To a new beginning. Let`s applaud Anna for leading the people of India into a nonviolent show of strength.I`m proud to be an Indian.Jai Ho
Abhishek Bachchan: One man unites an entire nation. Peacefully. #salute
Bipasha Basu: Anna is our true leader and his spirit has made everyone conscious that we can do away with corruption and need not accept it as a part of our lives. Big step forward for India and all of us!
Raveena Tandon: `Haazaaron saal jiyo Anna Hazare!!` (Long Live Anna Hazare).
Dia Mirza: Thank you Annaji Hazare for the awakening. I was silent earlier because I was not in an agreement with the method adopted by certain people around Anna. Grateful we`ve found a middle path! I am proud to have witnessed the India that I have in the last 11 days. Even more proud of parliamentarians who upheld democracy.
Shekhar Kapur: Woke to a new dawn, a new freedom and saw a distant star of hope shining brighter and closer to every Indian heart. Anna can now rest as nation`s youth have heeded his call. 64 years of system will not change overnight so we need to be vigilant. Anna`s greatest achievement is to show the people of India that they can take charge of their own destiny.
Hrithik Roshan: My respect and congratulations to the people of India!
Shruti Seth: Anna Hazare has done what none of us thought possible. For better or worse that time will tell. You`ve made the public realise their power.
Riteish Deshmukh: ANNA stands tall today- PEOPLE stand tall today- INDIA stands tall today- a day to remember
Farhan Akhtar: First step taken in the right direction. My heart is full of gratitude for Anna. It is a victory of the people and for the democratic process.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Every generation needs a new revolution. Hats off to Annaji. Jai Hind.
Lara Dutta Bhupathi: Anna`s fight is in every home. This will impact everyone of us for years to come! In my life, I hope I`m able to keep this alive in my small way.
Anupam Kher: Thank you Anna. Thank you #Jan Lokpal team. And biggest thanks to the people of our Great Country for their courage and belief. Jai Ho.
Sonu Nigam: Our gratitude and prayers for Anna. Blessed to have met him and rejuvenate him with music on the historical day.