The megastar Amitabh Bachchan has raised Rs 25 lakh for a charity with the sale of special paintings, based on interpretations of Amitabh Bachchan, and a book, which was launched to mark his 70th birthday.
A special art exhibition was held with around 70 paintings at Amitabh’s 70th birthday in October last year along with a book named as ‘B70’, commemorating the special paintings.
It is said that the income generated from the sale were given to the charity organisation Plan India for their Girl Child Campaign. It was announced in the presence of complete Bachchan family, i.e, Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan.
Talking to media, Jaya Bachchan said, “Whatever we have got after selling all the books, has been given to Plan India. In future, no matter how many books are sold, after deducting the tax, the entire money will be given to Plan India.”
Further, she said, “I was just telling Aishwarya it didn’t occur to me before, we would have got Aaradhya and she would have given the cheque,” said Jaya. Amitabh says he and his wife Jaya have never believed in discrimination.”
Thereafter, megastar Amitabh says he and his wife Jaya have never believed in discrimination.
Amitabh added, “I have always believed there is no difference between a male and female child. I have said it on many forums, and I say it here again. I have a son and a daughter and whatever little we have, will be equally divided.”
He said, “That is my personal belief and that is the belief of Jaya too. I feel we never had any discrimination between a girl child or a boy. They have equal place in our lives.”
Big B’s son, Abhishek Bachchan said, “Our family feels that there should not be just one day we should celebrate as Girl Child Day. It is a good thing that October 11 will be for the girl child, but we feel they should be loved and taken care of everyday.”
Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said, “It is the birthright of every child to be enabled and empowered in life… we collectively feel attention needs to be given to every child irrespective of what gender it belongs to.”