Bachchan, 73, is the centre's 'first choice' to replace Aamir Khan, whose contract for the tourism ministry's campaign has ended. The final decision is yet to be taken.

It has been reported Akshay was also among the choices for the position. Calling Bachchan the right one, Akshay told reporters, "He should be given that (brand ambassador). He is an icon... It would be great."

"He is The perfect brand ambassador, true icon and the most appropriate person for incredible India," said actor Ranveer Singh.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is sharing screen space with Bachchan in Sujoy Ghosh's upcoming production 'Te3n', said, "I am happy. He deserves it."

Filmmaker Sidhir Mishra called the 'Piku' star incredible.

While Sonakshi feels there is none better than Bachchan for the post. Director Shoojit Sircar, who has directed Bachchan in two films 'Shoebite' and 'Piku', said he supports the actor in whatever he does.

Kabir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Bhumi Pednekar, Prateik Babbar, Ronit Roy and Darshan Kumar were among the other celebrities, who praised the government's choice.

The stars were speaking at the red carpet of 22nd Annual Star Screen Awards.

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