A welcome gesture from the man who (along with Naseeruddin Shah) once abhored the term ‘Bollywood’ as a copycat of Hollywood, is proud of Indian film Industry with or without the west’s certificate, and rubbished Slumdog Millionaire, as projecting India as a third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation.
Incidentally this is what Naseeruddin Shah commented on Slumdog Millionaire, ” I wouldn’t see it a second time and I don’t think that it was the best film of the year…….I mean what’s wrong with us? We are celebrating it as if we have made it, as if we are responsible for it, as if we financed it, as if we made the film possible. We are all behaving in that way. Everybody knows it’s not an Indian film, it’s not been made by an Indian, it never occurred to an Indian to make Slumdog Millionaire, it never occurred to an Indian to make Gandhi either for that matter, but we ran to lap up the accolades when they started coming.
The Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane , had offered the 66-year-old veteran a doctorate for his contribution to the world of entertainment and Bachchan had earlier accepted the title.
The honour was to be conferred on the star in July as a part of celebrations to commemorate a retrospective of his films in the city.
“I have been witnessing, with great dismay and shock, the recent violent attacks on Indian students in Australia, on the electronic media the entire day,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.
“I mean no disrespect to the institution that honours me, but under the present circumstances, where citizens of my own country are subjected to such acts of inhuman horror, my conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such indignity to my fellow countrymen,” he added.
Australia has recently seen a series of attacks on Indian students, the most serious being the assault of Shravan Kumar, a 25-year-old student from Andhra Pradesh, who is battling for life in a Melbourne hospital after being stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens.