Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan has a meet-and-greet session with his fans every Sunday. The crowd outside his residence is growing day by day and creating traffic issues in the area.
The 72-year-old was recently criticised by a motorist, who held Bachchan responsible for Sunday traffic snarls.
The senior actor got annoyed at the snide comments and hit back at the suggestion of shifting the ritual's base to a beach.
He wrote in his blog:
"Now as the pictures got loaded, one sees the faces of elation and joy, of the keen vantage positions taken, of the poor little children riding piggy back on parent's shoulders wondering why they are being subjected to this ordeal, of traffic snarls and irritated motorists who honk for space and desire to move on...of traffic sufferers, who write in as a response on FB (Facebook). Their disgust at this fake appreciation for a celebrity, and how the celebrity should care about the traffic, of how he should not hold these travellers to discomfort by coming out of his home, of how he should prevent this by hiring a ground nearby and meet his fans or 'whatever they are called' (his words, not mine)."
Also taking a dig at the motorist's comment the actor shared: "Instead of causing this trouble for those that do not wish to see this old aged actor, of suggesting that the actor go to Juhu beach every Sunday and hold his 'meetings' there since there is a 'lot of space' and avoid the delays that he has to go through waiting for the crowds to clear so he can pass by on the road, for he has 'no intention of seeing or meeting this third rate actor'."
Amitabh Bachchan also declined to accept the motorist's suggestion to meet his fans at a beach. "Mr. Suffering Motorist, I am in no way going to leave my house to locations that you so generously suggest, to meet my well-wishers...they are like family to me, and I shall meet my family at home not on the beach".
Here's what we feel:
On hindsight, we feel that the motorist was rather harsh calling a legendary actor 'third rate'. But we also feel that he must have been going through this trouble often and hence couldn't contain his criticism.
Mr Bachchan on his part seems a bit difficult. The troubled man using the road has every right to complain if he faces such trouble due to the actor.
The Sunday gathering is growing and hence the motorist suggested a different location but did not ask the actor to stop it altogether.
Bachchan should find a way to entertain his fans at the same time see to it that the traffic is not halted for his meet-and-greet.