May 26, 2010
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said bolloywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has stood tall by fulfilling his commitment towards the state despite plenty of innuendos and accusations when he became the brand ambassador of the state. Bachchan is scheduled to begin shooting for Gujarat Tourism from May 28.
Bachchan had to face criticism from Left parties and Congress, after he had agreed to become brand ambassador for Gujarat Tourism. Kerala Tourism had also offered him to become brand ambassador of that state’s tourism but the state had backed off after opposition from some to its leaders. Bachchan had said that he has agreed to be brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, but not of any Chief Minister.
Modi wrote in his blog, "Amitabhji is coming to Gujarat to promote tourism and I welcome him. Entire state is excited by his visit". "But I want to express my inner feelings. There were plenty of innuendos and accusations when he became the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism. Anybody in his place would have been shaken and backed out. Even his fans were worried whether he can withstand such onslaught," Modi further said. "But Amitabhji stood tall not only due to his physical height but also due to his determination in fulfilling his commitment," Modi said.