New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that Amitabh Bachchan charged no fee to sing the Indian national anthem at Eden Gardens ahead of the India-Pakistan match on Saturday.
T 2180 - Just landed from an excessive adrenalin rushed victory cheer celebration .. and the honor of singing the National Anthem !!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 19, 2016
There were media reports doing the rounds that Big B had charged Rs.4 crore for the gig.
According the CAB boss, the legendary actor even paid for his travel, accommodation and match tickets.
"Mr Bachchan is one and only, a special person. I am eternally grateful to him. Can you ever imagine someone paying Rs 30 lakhs of his own pocket to perform? He booked his own flight, bought his own tickets and even paid the hotel bills. I literally begged him to take some money but he said that I am doing it for love and there is no question of money being involved," Ganguly was quoted as saying by the Anandabazar Patrika.
— ICC (@ICC) March 19, 2016
Bachchan's soulful rendition of the national anthem not only added to the incredible atmosphere inside the stadium but was also widely appreciated by cricket lovers in India.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 19, 2016