Friday, May 8, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan’s adoration for Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

While the nation debated the fate of Bollywood star Salman Khan forgetting the 154 birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, eminent Nobel Laureate, poet, writer, painter and freedom fighter, there was just a single film star Amitabh Bachchan paying tribute to the literary genius, while the rest showing solidarity to actor Salman Khan! 

Star of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan paid homage to Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore by posting a black-and-white picture of Tagore on his Twitter account. "Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore Anniversary... May 7... In remembrance of greatness..”

Readers may remember Amitabh Bachchan has great reverence for Bengali bard Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore. Recently while shooting for his upcoming film PIKU in Kolkata, director Shoojit and Amitabh Bachchan had shoot a video featuring the megastar singing 'Jana Gana Mana' at Jorasanko Thakur Badi. 

Recalling the experience Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog, "A spirit of patriotism and literature, of poetry and pride, of nationhood and divinity, explode within in waves of compassionate emotion.”

On the 150th birth anniversary of the Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore Amitabh Bachchan had sung the famous song Rabindrasangeet song Ekla Chalo Re … for the movie KAHAANI staring Vidya Balan and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Bachchan had sung the song both in Hindi and Bengali. 

Readers may note this song was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorites, which was penned in 1905 by Tagore.

Sharing his experience about the Rabindrasangeet Bachchan had candidly confessed, "May I just say that singing Rabindrasangeet for the first time was the greatest revelation. The beauty of the language, the lyricism of the tune and its dhun (music) are outstanding."

If Salman Khan can get leniency than why not common man have such mercy?

Eyebrows have been raised by right wing activists and the media about ‘Special Treatment’ being meted out to DABANGG actor Salman Khan ever since he secured Interim Bail within few hours and reached home, mocking at the Indian Judicial System. 

While there have been multiple debates condemning the Indian Judicial System and how powerful celebrities turn the tides in their favor by bribing or finding loopholes in the system, a Mumbai advocate disturbed by the disparity in the Indian Judicial System has actually dared to challenge the interim bail granted by the Bombay High Court to Salman Khan. 

The advocate Akhilesh Chaube filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the interim bail granted to the actor on Thursday and has sought cancellation of the two-day bail granted to Salman Khan.

Briefing media, advocate Akhilesh Chaube, who is also a leader of Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said, “My objection to the Salman Khan’s Interim Bail is that if such leniency can be granted to celebrities like Salman Khan than the government must frame new guidelines so that the manner in which the Bombay High Court granted the two-day bail to Salman Khan, such leniency could be availed of by the common man too!” 

According to many renowned advocates Salman Khan has definitely played his cards shrewdly by immediately hiring India’s most expensive and proficient advocate Harish Salve after being found guilty. Salve with his mastery instantaneously got him bail on technical grounds finding loopholes in the system. 

Advocate Sharif Shaikh categorically mentioned that Salman Khan has been given special privilege. She said, “If a layman had been convicted, he would not have been in a position to approach the high court so quickly. Even if he approached the HC, the court would not consider it in normal circumstances.”

Likewise special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who fought the famous Mumbai Blast Case, agreed that Salman Khan’s case is a special case and there have been special circumstances to grant such relief.

However he said that it is a rarest of rare case as very few people are given such relief. He cited the example of former Maharashtra minister, Gulabrao Deokar, who despite being a minister, was not given special privilege as given to Salman Khan! 

Thus advocate Akhilesh Chaube’s plea to SC seeking a Salman Khan kind treatment for the common man looks justified, even though it may fall on deaf ears!! 

In nutshell Akhilesh Chaube is at least better than those so-called intellectuals who just keep debating rather than doing something concrete!!