Nagpur: Moved by the plight of a Vidarbha widow who appeared on his show Kaun Banega Crorepati, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has given her Rs.100,000 to take care of her two daughters' education after earlier promising help of Rs.50,000, an official said here on Saturday.

Aparna Malikar, a 27-year-old widow from Vara-Kawatha village in Yavatmal district, will feature next week in a special episode of the reality game show hosted by Bachchan, in which she won Rs.640,000.

Saddened by the plight of the thousands of farm widows in Vidarbha region of eastern Maharashra, Bachchan had announced an additional personal contribution of Rs.50,000 to Aparna.

However, Kishor Tiwari, a Nagpur-based social activist who works for the cause of farmers and farm widows, said that Aparna has received a demand draft of Rs.100,000,double of what Bachchan promised her.

The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief said that “it was a pleasant surprise to receive a demand draft and a signed letter from Bachchan” by a special courier from Mumbai.

In the letter addressed to Aparna, Bachchan has written in Hindi: “Aparnaji, despite all the hardships, you have displayed great courage, this is really commendable. I welcome your views on the education for your children. Here is a small gift from me. Please accept it."

Tiwari said that VJAS has deeply thanked Bachchan for his gracious gesture to the poor widow.He urged civil society members to come to the aid of more than 12,000 farm widows who are facing starvation and live in miserable conditions.

In the 'KBC' episode, she said her first step would be to clear off her late husband's farm debt of Rs.60,000 and spend the remaining amount on her daughters' education.

People questioned my social service: Big B

Meanwhile, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had a short political stint during the 1980s, says he quit politics as people questioned his 'harmless social service'.

It was in 1984 when the super star decided to enter politics. Big B contested the Lok Sabha election from Allahabad on a Congress ticket.

Recounting his 'vivid experience', Bachchan said, “The villages that I visited, the spirit of India that I observed, the poverty, the want and yet ... the pride that each inhabitant of this beautiful country had within them ... was incredible,” Big B posted on his blog

“In those two years that I spent in parliament I realized that the system on its own would never be able to take care of those that suffer. So with limited means, I began my own individual charity,” he added.

“Medical facilities were a huge problem with the villages and so I started medical vans which serviced hundreds of villages in the region,” the 68-year-old star said.

“But politics soon took over and attacks on its veracity and intent were made questionable. Hurt and disgusted with the attitude of those that opposed this harmless social service, I gave it up and stopped,” he added.