The veteran actor underplayed his role in social causes and credited the many workers who effect actual change on the ground.
Smiling celebrity faces will not change the world, says Amitabh Bachchan
Mumbai - 31 May 2018 13:26 IST
Actor Amitabh Bachchan has been associated with various social causes over the years, but he has often underplayed his role and credited the ground workers as the ones who really effect the change.
Bachchan wrote on his blog: “Just delivering pertinent written lines and presenting a smiling celebrity face is not going to change the world, but an effort is made, a beginning is visible and from there it takes its own course."
Bachchan recently joined the cause of environment protection by urging people to stop using plastic bags.
Underplaying the role of celebrities, Bachchan praised the ground workers.
“The ones that do the maximum work and who should be lauded and decorated the most should be the ‘workers’ who travel from destination to destination right into the interiors of the country propagating these campaigns to perfection. They are the true ambassadors, the true heroes of any such campaign and regrettably they are ones that get least attention [sic],” the actor wrote.
Bachchan was the face of the India polio-free campaign, and when India was declared a polio-free nation, the actor was disappointed that the real heroes were not invited for the celebration event to Delhi.
“When after 8 years of working tirelessly on the anti-polio campaign we were able to announce a Polio free India, a celebration was designed by the Government .. and various dignitaries from within and without, were invited into a large stadium in Delhi for the event... I was disturbed by this and expressed my displeasure . My displeasure was that the ‘worker’ who has worked the most in accomplishing this feat; delivering those two drops of the vaccine to the remotest parts of the country, is the one that should be invited and decorated [sic],” he wrote.
The actor’s grievance was quickly addressed and the true heroes were invited for the celebration.
“The excitement and glee and joy on the faces of those workers was an emotional sight for me .. they never get any attention, any praise, any notice .. when in fact they are the ones behind the success story of the eradication of polio in the country .. give to them that are the deserving .. not decorate another pretty face and voice in front of the camera,” said the veteran actor [sic]," he wrote.
The 102 Not Out (2018) actor reiterated that he is ever ready to lend his support for social causes.
“If my face and voice can assist, help, convince, the mass to follow the campaign, then I am ready any day any time! Whether it is the Swachch Bharat, the Beti Bachao, the Tiger, the Elephant saves, TB, Hepatitis B, Diabetes and the many more that I work for .. it must never be forgotten that the one that delivers and finally conquers, is that worker [sic],” Bachchan concluded.