08 March, 2021

Amitabh Bachchan

The metamorphosis from actor to kisan came courtesy Mayawati and not Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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Amitabh Bachchan
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It’s done. Finally, we Bachchans—Jaya, Abhishek and I—are officially farmers. And to think the metamorphosis from actor to kisan came courtesy Mayawati and not Mulayam Singh Yadav. The UP state seed corporation registered us as farmers last fortnight after we bought 14.5 hectares of farmland at Kakori, some 23 km outside Lucknow. It was a momentous occasion and we celebrated with Cadbury’s chocolate. Boy, am I proud of my Uttar Pradesh and Mayawatiji! Incidentally, my daughter-in-law Aishwarya (who has a Brit accent which she carefully cultivated on a two-acre plot in Mangalore) was equally excited. “A farmer at home is worth 10 in the field,” she exclaimed while we sat down for a family dinner. Abhishek is also very pleased that he has been accorded farmer status although at our Juhu bungalow the only farming you can do is water the lawn.

But, that aside, the Bachchan love for the plough is historic. In fact, when the renowned Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang passed through Allahabad in 630 AD he called...

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