MUMBAI: It would be anybody’s guess as to how one would respond to an offer from Amitabh Bachchan to undertake a public awareness campaign, that too free of cost. Needless to say, the opportunity would be grabbed with both hands. However, the truth of the matter is that the Bollywood superstar has made such an offer to the Maharashtra police. But the actor is yet to get a response from the police.
Bachchan had recently tweeted how he had expressed his willingness to undertake a campaign for the police force and also fund the expenses involved.
“I have spoken often to volunteer to do campaigns for the police, but none came forward .. even suggested I would fund them !!,” the tweet sent from his official tweeter account @SrBachchan said.
The previous celebrity to do such a campaign for the Maharashtra police was Shah Rukh Khan who did a campaign titled “Cop Connect” in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai.
Bachchan has been engaged in philanthropy minus the fanfare and publicity.
Recently, it was reported that Bachchan had been discreetly helping farmers in Maharashtra by providing funds to repay their loans.
Former state DGP D Sivanandan, who had the opportunity to rope in the actor for musical extravaganza organised by the Mumbai police in December 2009, recalled an incident which revealed the actor’s commitment to the police.
During the event, Bachchan had said that he would donate Rs 11 lakh to the police welfare fund. “The very next morning, I got a call from Bachchan asking me where to send the cheque. He is a thorough gentlemen. If Bachchan is volunteering to do a campaign the police should take up the opportunity,” he said.