The history of Amar-Amitabh says that two brothers fighting for power is the oldest story in Indian politics. All it needs for the Mahabharata to play out is a doting father, blind to an ambitious son’s conspiracy, a brother or a cousin with parallel claims to power and a wily uncle.
Politician Amar Singh, at one point was Amitabh Bachchan’s biggest companion. Things have changed and so has their relationship. Mr Singh has dropped a bomb targeting Big B’s relationship with his wife Jaya Bachchan. According to a recent interview given to a popular news channel, the Rajya Sabha MP said that the Bachchans live in separate bungalows and there is a flaw between Jaya and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as well.
He told, “People blame me for every possible rift in the country. When the Ambani’s split, they projected me as the person who created the who created the Mahabharat between them. It wasn’t me. People have said the same about me and the Bachchans. But even before I met Amitabh Bachchan, he and Jaya Bachchan were living separately. One of them was living in Pratiksha and the other lives in his other bungalow Janak. There were also speculations about a problem between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Jaya. I am not responsible for that”.
Amitabh Bachchan blundered twice in politics. The first time he became a Congress MP elected from Allahabad during the 1984 Rajiv wave. But when sucked into Bofors controversy it dawned upon him that politics and films were as different as oranges and apples. Later when his company ABCL ran into heavy losses and he was staring at bankruptcy he found a friend Amar Singh. As a Samajwadi supporter he had to face the harsh realities of UP politics. The dynamics between the ageing grandfather, Mulayam’s brothers Shivpal and Ramgopal, and ambitious son Akhilesh were destined to lead to a war. Enter Shakuni aka Amar Singh.
It is usually said about Mr. Singh is that a rift is guaranteed when he is around, especially as an outsider interfering in the affairs of family. Fabrications abound of his role in the friction between the Ambani brothers and then the gap between the trio famously referred to as Amar, Anil (Ambani) and Anthony (Big B). The trio that was once like a close-knit family, drifted apart, with Amar Singh taking slam at Bachchan in public and blaming him for the combat among the “three brothers”.
Last year in May 2016, former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh claimed that Amitabh Bachchan “warned” him to not accept his wife Jaya into his party, and the megastar replied “He is a friend, he has the right to say what he wants to say”.
Now, it will be interesting to see the Big B’s reaction on this controversial statement of Mr. Singh.
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