Actor Amitabh Bachchan has written a piece on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on 26/11. In his piece, Amitabh wrote about the ‘dark night’ when terrorists attacked Mumbai’s landmark, killing 166 people and injuring many others.
He wrote about how the Indian government did not ‘give in to the temptation of military retaliation against Pakistan’ after the attack and showed restraint. He also mentioned the need to write ‘new stories’ in the wake of the attacks and not let fear change who we are.
In the play, published in The Indian Express, Amitabh wrote about the impact of Indian cricketer Virat Kohli’s hug to Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Rizwan during the recent T20 World Cup. “Because the stories we tell can often get bigger than us, and they can easily jump over boundaries, sometimes ride cricket, sometimes through movies. Sometimes they snuggle in the heat of the hug that went viral, like “India captain Virat Kohli gave to Pakistani Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam after the men in green defeated the men in blue in the first match of the T20 World Cup, which ended in Dubai recently,” he wrote.
Amitabh also mentioned the power of the film, including Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan. “Sometimes they revel in the huge box office success, in India and also in Pakistan, of Salman Khan star Bajrangi Bhaijaan from 2015, a cross-border tale of empathy and compassion, an Indian man’s struggle to reunite a Pakistani child with his family. “
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan played Salman Khan as a man with a golden heart risking his life to take a Pakistani child back to his native India.
Dia Mirza responded to Amitabh’s play, writing: “Remembering. A truly wonderful piece by @SrBachchan ‘freedom from fear means we are more comfortable with our neighbors, and also with ourselves’.”
Amitabh is currently hosting the 13th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. He has several films in the pipeline, which include Brahmastra, Unnchai, May Day, Good Bye, the Hindi remake of The Intern and more.