Bollywood’s top actor, Amitabh Bachchan, has been hoping for peace between India and Pakistan as he reminiscence the ‘once’ friendly relations and cultural exchange between both countries.
In his latest article penned down for The Indian Express, he talked about how cricket and Bollywood films have kept the people of two countries connected. Bachchan in his article talked about the much-loved hug between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistani skipper Babar Azam and batter Muhammad Rizwan after Pakistan defeated India in the first match of the T20 World Cup.
“For, the stories we tell can often become larger than us, and they can skip lightly across borders, sometimes riding on cricket, sometimes through film. Sometimes they nestle in the warmth of the hug that went viral, that India’s captain Virat Kohli gave to Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, after the men in green defeated the men in blue in the first game of the T20 World Cup that concluded in Dubai recently,” he wrote.
A truly wonderful piece by @SrBachchan “freedom from fear means that we are more at ease with our neighbours, and also with ourselves.”
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) November 26, 2021
He also talked about the power of film that connected the nations. Amitabh Bachchan referred to the power of movies like Salman Khan’s blockbuster ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’ that was an equal success in both India and Pakistan.
“Sometimes they revel in the smashing box office success, in India and also in Pakistan, of the 2015 Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a cross-border tale about empathy and compassion, an Indian man’s struggle to reunite a Pakistani child with her family,” Bachchan added further.
A message of restoring bonds
His piece came a few weeks after Pakistani users had trolled Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter. Bollywood actor was trolled after cricketer Shoaib Malik’s blistering performance in the final group match against Scotland. Amitabh Bachchan penned down the article on the anniversary of the Mumbai Attacks in 2011. The actor tried to give the message of restoring bonds with ‘neighbors’ over politics and terrorism.
While appreciating Team India despite an early exit from the world cup, Amitabh Bachchan said: “Irrespective of what the results of tomorrow’s NZ v AFG game are in the T20 ICC World Cup .. remember this..we have scored the highest total, till date, in the tournament; KL Rahul made the fastest 50; and we defeated the opposing team, in a record 6+ overs,” wrote Amitabh Bachchan while backing Indian cricket team.”
Pakistani netizens flooded the Twitter timeline of Amitabh Bachchan reminding him that KL Rahul no longer holds the record alone as Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik equals his record of making the fastest 50 of the tournament on just 18 balls. Shoaib Malik walked in with five overs remaining. He helped Pakistan score 43 runs in the two overs with his consecutive sixes taking the total to 190 runs.