Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is known as the angry young man of Bollywood has given us major blockbusters like Sholay, Zanjeer, Agnipath, Deewar and many more is known to be a living legend. However, along with fame, and stardom, the actor has faced many hurdles both personally and professionally. The ‘Shahensha’ of Bollywood has been involved in many scandals and controversies over the years, both related to his professional as well as his personal life. From his involvement in Panama scandal to his link up with veteran actress Rekha, here is a timeline of top 5 controversies of Amitabh Bachchan.
- When ABCL went bankrupt: The Company specialised in film production and event management. The business was plagued by financial difficulties. The main reason for the bad performance of ABCL was blamed on the gross mismanagement of the company by the then CEO, Sanjiv Gupta, who went on to become the CEO of Coca Cola India. The company burst into the limelight in 1996 when it brought to India the Miss World Pageant. But in its tearing hurry to grow and expand, it seemed to have spread itself too thin without proper planning and management control. Trouble started between Bachchan and their professional managers when Amitabh agreed to do stage shows in North America. The professional managers became upset that the booking were not done through ABCL. The impasse finally resulted in change of top team. Out CEO Sanjiv Gupta In Gautam Berry. But the conditions did not improve. Its productions like Mrityudaatha all failed dismally. In 1999 ABCL was facing an unprecedented liquidity crunch. Substantial funds were blocked in production and distribution of films; staff salaries were not being paid on time; and public confidence has nosedived.
- Alleged love affair with Rekha: There have been many speculations about their link up. Since the time Rekha started wearing sindoor in various functions, it is even said that Rekha and Mr Bachchan got married secretly. Their affair started making grounds since they did their first film together— Do Anjaane, post which they did a total number of 10 films together until their last film Silsila, which is said to be a both reel and real life love triangle of Amitabh, his wife Jaya and love interest Rekha.
- Fallout with the Gandhi’s: The relationship between Amitabh Bachchan and Gandhi family goes long back. The two families were friends for a very long time. Amitabh’s father, Harivansh Rai Bchchan and Motilal Bachchan were known to be close friends. Amitabh Bachchan too shared good relations with Rajeev and Sanjay Gandhi. The bachchan family even played an important role in Ranjeev and Sonia Gandhi’s marriage in 1960. Things turned sour after the Bofors scam, when Amitabh Bachchan was accused of corruption in the scam. It is said that the Gandhi’s didn’t even help the Bachchan family during their bankruptcy.
- Amar Singh saga: Amitabh and his wife Jaya shared a good equation with Politician Amar Singh, however, things turned ugly in 2010 with expulsion of Amar Singh from samajwadi party for an alleged involvement in anti party activities. In an open attack, he held Jaya Bachchan responsible for his fall out with the party. He later went ahead and said that Jaya and Amitabh lived separately. “One of them was living in Pratiksha and the other lives in his other bungalow Janak. There were also speculations about a problem between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Jaya. I am not responsible for that,” Amar Singh told the media. It is said that it was Amar Singh who paved the way for Jaya Bachchan to join the party and he helped Amitabh when he faced a financial crisis in the 90s.
- Link with Panama papers: As many as 500 Indians have been named in a massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents exposing their secret offshore dealings, Amitabh Bachchan’s name too was involved in the massive leak of documents from the secret files of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in tax haven Panama.According to the report, two years before he launched the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) in 1995, the Bollywood superstar was appointed director in at least four offshore shipping companies. Records of international law firm Mossack Fonseca and subsequent inquiries show that the four companies, in which Bachchan was appointed director, were registered in tax havens – one in the British Virgin Islands and three in the Bahamas in November 1993.