At the very outset, A Very Happy Birthday to you!
Yours truly won’t be surprised or upset if his wishes go unnoticed amid a plethora of greetings from your fans and well-wishers on this special day.
Won’t blame you because for you like many, life moves on and it would be unfair to expect that you would remember a person who had the good fortune of having garnered your confidence and trust before it all was belied over a misunderstanding that put a death knell on our equation. Perhaps, you would have to scratch your memories to recall what exactly transpired during those two days which has had a cascading effect on the writer’s life and career subsequently since your blog is voraciously read and followed.
But why dig into a buried past for you after ages? No, this letter is not meant to draw sympathy over something that is done and dusted. You had a point to prove that you were not to be held responsible for somebody leaving his lucrative job on his own accord but the fact remains that your going overboard based on some soothsayers’ prediction without checking the truth, still remains a bitter pill to swallow.
But the point here is not to dwell on the past. Here’s an earnest request! Even a novice would not be oblivious to the fact that like every other person of eminence, you are extremely image-conscious. And yours truly had a first-hand experience of it too but what about those grave issues affecting innocent souls which crave for your attention?
What about those sufferers of atrocities who hope for a word or two of affection from you but to no avail? You have been a messiah to so many farmers, but why this deafening silence when the annadatas of the country have been forced to put their livelihood at stake?
Sir, we have seen you taking up the cudgel on behalf of your family whenever they have been denigrated. But you being Amitabh Bachchan, your family members go beyond Janak and Jalsha, don’t they? And the list goes on. Your friend and co-star of several blockbusters, Shatrughan Sinha in an interview with HT comes to your defence over your indifference to serious issues, but when he adds, “I am there on their behalf to raise my voice,” the despair in his voice is palpable.
But yet again, castigating you for your silence is uncalled for because besides being an icon, you remain a grounded human being who does not hesitate to throw an air of caution while taking steps. And you are no ordinary human being — you are AMITABH BACHCHAN from whom even a letter can create ripples.
Perhaps, at this age, you would prefer not ruffling feathers and being content in your own zone but leave aside the rest, when your own fraternity is deluged in aspersions related to drugs, casting couch, porn racket and other issues that smack of deceit and treachery, somebody of your stature could step in and express your ire. But alas, diplomacy runs deep in your system.
Fair enough, but you being the Big B, playing safe all the time should not be your forte. Going back to where we started – no grudges Sir! It’s destiny but never would I doubt your intentions. Your blessings and words of appreciation would always be an emboldening factor though their misinterpretation has taken a toll on somebody as ordinary as yours truly.
However, all the pain and turbulence would bite the dust if I see my ICON (yes you are to me) putting his foot down and calling a spade a spade even if it means annoying the ruling establishment. You can make a difference Sir! Here’s once more – Many, many Happy Returns of the Day, Sir!
A die-hard loyalist