Ahmedabad: A remote village in Rajkot on Tuesday opposed the shooting of advertisement film of state brand ambassador and superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Amitabh reached Gujarat for a promotional video shoot of, ‘Khushboo Gujarat Ki’, for state’s tourism department, however, the department failed to take the locals in confidence who have threatened to obstruct the shooting if the superstar dared enter the village.

Earlier too, the people of Gujarat expressed bitterness for Amitabh for his alleged involvement in the infamous Bofors scandal in the 1980s, and the anger against him has not faded even after two decades.
The Khambalida Gram Panchayat in Gondal tehsil of Rajkot raised displeasure on the proposed shooting of the superstar at the Khambalida Caves. The villagers have even threatened to release their herd in the caves if Amitabh Bachchan comes for the shooting here.

As a state ambassador for Gujarat tourism, Amitabh has been shooting at various locations in the state. He has already to Kutch, Sasan Gir, Somnath, Dwarka and Ambaji. Now he is supposed to shoot at rare Buddha caves in Rajkot.

The Gram Panchayat representatives said that till date they have been maintaining the caves on their own expenses. Villagers play host to all the tourists visiting the caves as well. One representative said, “Though the villagers have handed over the conservation of the caves to the government but they were not approached for approval on Amitabh’s shooting at the caves.”

The fresh protest by the villagers reminded Amitabh of his previous visit to Rajkot, and he tweeted on Monday, “I had come to Rajkot before for the shooting of my film ‘Main Azaad Hoon’ and faced the protest of people. People have the right to protest. Along with respecting their opinion we should love them.”

JPN/Bureau