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After Amitabh row, Abhishek sidelined in earth hour event?

Last Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 18:02

New Delhi: Even as the row over Amitabh
Bachchan`s presence at a Mumbai function refuses to die down,
the megastar has claimed that his son Abhishek`s posters
were "apparently" removed from the venue of WWF`s earth hour
event in Delhi attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

34-year-old junior Bachchan also tweeted that a video
massage featuring him was not shown at the event.

"A few hours before the show was to start apparently the
audio visual featuring Abhishek had been asked to be removed
and banner posters bearing his photograph as Ambassador had
been stopped from being displayed," Amitabh wrote on his blog.

"Abhishek who has been working so hard on the cause is
obviously disappointed, especially since he had worked late
into the night where he was shooting out of town to
accommodate this creative," he said.

"And I wonder. Am I hallucinating, or is there a pattern
in all this," the senior Bachchan, 67, asked.

Abhishek was appointed the brand ambassador of earth hour
by WWF-India and also addressed press meets in this regard
earlier this month. WWF had put up posters with his
photographs in the capital as part of its campaign to promote
the initiative under which lights were switched off in various
cities of the country from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm yesterday.

However, no posters of junior Bachchan were seen at the
last night`s function. Repeated attempts to contact WWF
officials did not yield any results.

The controversy broke out days after a row over Amitabh
attending at a government function in Mumbai where Maharashtra
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was also present. A section of
Congress took objection to his presence as he is the brand
ambassador for BJP-ruled Gujarat.

Dikshit steered clear the Abhishek controversy saying, "I
have nothing to do with it. I went there at the invitation of
WWF. I switched off the lights. I don`t know anything."

Asked whether she had any reservation in having
Abhishek`s posters at the event, Dikshit shot back saying, "I
am not WWF and you go and ask them".

"An audio visual has been prepared with Abhishek where he
is seeking a pledge towards preservation of the Earth and
requesting people to switch off their lights for an hour. The
Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Shiela Dixit, and a prominent
member of the ruling Congress Party, is attending the moment,"
Amitabh noted in his blog entry.

Abhishek, who is away in Goa for the shoot of his film
tweeted, "I had sent a video msg (message) for all at the
event, thanking them for their participation and support, but
for some reason that couldn`t be shown."

Abhishek further tweeted, "I believe the function at the
India Gate was also very nice and well attended. Kudos to the
team at WWF for pulling all this off. I`m tld (told) that the
earth hour was a huge success. Well done guys. You`ll have
done a wonderful job in spreading the news."

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader V K Malhotra, who is Vice
President of Indian Olympic Association, today wrote a letter
to Chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh
Kalmadi sugesting that Amitabh Bachchan should be appointed
as the main brand ambassador of the mega-sporting event to be
held in October this year.

"Bachchan represents the best of India`s mid-age
generation and is icon for the youngsters. He was the brand
ambassador of Delhi Asiad in which he lent his voice and
anchored the opening ceremony," Malhotra wrote in his letter.

"I strongly feel that Sri Bachchan be given this honour
again," Malhotra said.


First Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 18:02

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