Ali Peter John
All through this day ,starting as soon as i looked into my mobile and saw the social media splashing the story about Amitabh Bachchan sending a message to his one-time good and powerful friend, Amar Singh on the occasion of his father’s death anniversary, i have been thinking about what this relationship called friendship is all about .Amar Singh who was one of the most powerful politicians some ten years ago was lying on a sick bed in Singapore where he has been undergoing treatment for a serious kidney ailment and was looking like a pale shadow of his glory days and was talking about his “battle between life and death”.He was highly emotional about receiving a message from his long lost friend ,Amitabh Bachchan and had taken the opportunity of his father’s death anniversary to try and build bridges between himself,Amitabh and his family. He profusely apologized to Amitabh for all that he had done to wreck their friendship which was the most talked about association ten years ago. And my mind went into a flash when two men were talked about in the same breath and all kinds of motives were read into their friendship .
What indeed was the association or call it friendship between “A.B” and” A.K”?There were all kinds of loose talk and gossips and rumours about their friendship .Some said, it was Amar Singh who acted as the bridge between his powerful friends like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Saharashri Subrata Ray ,who he talked into bailing out Amitabh from the financial mess he had got into after the fiasco of ABCL and who together,it is said had bailed out Amitabh helping him wipe out more than the hundred and fifty crores he owed to more than ninety creditors ,for which Amitabh ,Jaya and the family were indebted to him .
Amar Singh is said to have gone several steps further to help the Bachchan’s to find back their footing .He was supposed to be the man who got huge roads and squares in Lucknow named after the parents of Amitabh and even after Amitabh and Jaya ,who happened to perhaps be the first Indian celebrities to be honoured like this even while they were alive. Amar Singh arranged for some of the most crucial meetings between Mr.Mulayam Singh Yadav,H.D.Gowda and others at his bungalow and Amitabh agreed even though he had actively quit politics more than thirty years ago. All this was happening as people said only to please Amar Singh who had saved the Bachchan’s from humiliation and disgraced .Amitabh had once again showed that he was gratfull man who never forgot favors and those who did him favors.
The friendship between the Bachchan’s and Amar Singh grew stronger when Amar Singh made sure that Jaya was nominated to the Rajya Sabha as a representative of the Samajwadi Party in spite of Amitabh having his own reservations about it and Jaya is still a member of the Rajya Sabha representing the Samajwadi Party .
It was some ten years ago that the Bachchan’s even had a room specific for Amar Singh and he was treated like family and the younger brother of Amitabh .But like they say,too much of closeness can sometimes lead to a rift that can not be easily repaired .Amar Singh was getting closer to the personal problems between Amitabh and Jaya and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and made the great blunder of making certain personal stories of the Bachchan’s open in the media,which Amitabh naturally did not take lightly. He raised the issue with his friend several times but was not satisfied with his answers and this led to a kind of cold war which ultimately led to the painful rift between the two great friends of just a few years and Amar Singh was out of the inner circle of the Bachchan’s and that was how it was for a long time According to Amar Singh’s own admission ,it was his mistake not to try and mend the rift ,even though Amitabh kept sending him cordial messages on all his birthdays and all the special occasions in his life and in his family .
Amar Singh has been so overwhelmed with the recent message from Amitabh that he has confessed to all the mistakes he made when he was riding high as a politician ,specially in the case of The Bachchan’s .He said that he should not have talked about Amitabh and Jaya living in different bungalows ,he in Prateeksha and she in Jalsa.He said he should not have talked about the cold relationship between Jaya and Aishwarya ,but all that is like so much water flown down the river of time .He now says that he hopes,Amitabh as his elder brother would forgive him,at least now when he is no longer a symbol of power and is just an ordinary man fighting his battle between life and death.
Amar Singh,the one-time all powerful politician is now looking for a new lease of life in which he will find all that he had lost when he was driven blind by the ruthless power of politics .But will Amitabh who has given him a sign of hope ,go a few steps further and let bygones be bygones and try abd build new bridges of friendship because time is no longer on their side and they will both have to find reasons to live a peaceful life in the years to come. Time is not going to wait for anyone,not even for its devotee ,Amitabh .Who will take the big steps to give friendship the dignity it has been loosing in these difficult times when every value ,every principal and all that has been good for thousands of year are being put through a grim tesr test by man who claim to be leaders of the people ,but are only leaders who are leading the country back to the dark edges and turning this country of our forefathers into jungle raz where values which have stood the test of time are being challenged and threatened of being thrown into the dustbins of history.
Take up the challenge ,take up your first tall and bold steps ,Bachchan and Amar Singh and you will be assured of a place in history,i am not sure whether i can asure you both places in “Jannat “(Heaven) because I have still to grow old and foolish enough to believe in places like heaven and hail.For me, if you both patch up in the true spirit it is heaven and if you don’t ,it is hell for worse.
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