The legendary Amitabh Bachchan, whose latest release Pink (which was released last week) has been receiving tons of appreciation for his role. While many just couldn’t stop raving about Amitabh Bachchan’s stellar performance in the film, there were a few who did not like his performance in the film. One such person was the ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju.
On September 17, Markandey Katju wrote a few unsavoury things about Amitabh Bachchan on his Facebook wall, which read as “Amitabh Bachchan is a man with nothing in his head, and since most media persons praise him, I doubt there is anything in their heads too.”
After his above post garnered criticism from many, Markandey Katju shared an explanation that read, “When I said Amitabh Bachchan has nothing in his head, many people asked me to elaborate. So I am writing this post. Karl Marx had said that religion is the opium of the masses, used as a drug by the rulers to keep the masses pacified so that they may not revolt But the Indian masses need several drugs to keep them pacified, one is not enough for them. Religion is only one of such drugs. Some other drugs which are needed are films, the media, cricket, astrology, babas, etc. A combination of drugs has to be given by our rulers to the Indian masses to keep them pacified, just as for some diseases, a combination of medicines has to be given. One of such powerful drugs is films. The Roman Emperors used to say ‘ If you cannot give the people bread, give them circuses “. So most of our films are like circuses, which our rulers provide to our people since they cannot give the people bread ( i.e. employment, healthcare, nutritious food, good education, etc ). Amitabh Bachchan’s films, like those of Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, etc are like drugs, they take the people to a world of make believe, and they are therefore very useful to our rulers since they keep people pacified. Apart from being a good actor, what is there in Amitabh Bachchan ? Has he any scientific ideas for solving the country’s massive problems ? There are none. From time to time he appears on some media channels giving sermons and homilies, and from time to time he is shown to be doing good deeds, but who cannot do this with tons of money?”
Meanwhile, at a recently held event, when Amitabh Bachchan was asked about the Markandey Katju’s harsh criticism, he said that Katju was right that he didn’t have anything inside his mind and that it was ‘khalaas’ (finished). In the end, Amitabh Bachchan revealed that, both, he and Markandey Katju were in the same school and that Katju was his senior. Amitabh Bachchan also clarified that there was no rivalry between them.