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Rejecting Australian honour was personal decision: Amitabh Bachchan


Tue, Jun 02, 2009 16:00 IST

Amitabh Bachchan Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan said on Tuesday that his decision to reject the Honorary Doctorate by an Australian university was a personal one.

In a remarkable gesture of solidarity, the Big B politely declined to accept the doctorate offered by the Queensland University in Brisbane, due to the recent racial attacks on Indians in OZ.

"It was a personal decision that I decided to make public through my blog. I did not feel like accepting the honour when so much dishonour against my countrymen was taking place (in Australia)," Bachchan told reporters during a press conference to promote the upcoming IIFA awards.




Not just rejecting the doctorate, the superstar has also cancelled his trip to Australia to attend a retrospective on his films in Brisbane Film Festival.

When questioned if his decision to reject the honour was premature, the actor said, "I do not know the cause but I reacted to it on a personal level. I followed my heart and that is all to it.

"Brisbane Film Festival retrospective was like a celebration and for me to be going for my own celebration to a region which witnessed such atrocity against my own countrymen. I don't think it was ethical and therefore I turned it down politely," the actor said.

Big B, along with son Abhishek Bachchan , has been shooting his film Pa in Delhi since the last few days.



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