New Delhi: Controversial politician Amar Singh has claimed that Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan have been living separately for many years now.
Speaking to reporters over the rift in Samajwadi Party, Singh said that he is being blamed for all unpleasant things happening around him.
“Amar Singh panauti hai (brings bad omen). In Ambani family, the fight was for Dhirubhai’s money between the brothers but it was told that I am responsible for it. I am accused of making Aishwarya and Jaya Bacchan fight. For everything bad happening around, I am being held responsible. Even before I met Bachchans, Amitabh and Jaya were living in separate houses. One of them was living in Pratiksha and the other lived in Janak. When I was with them, then too they weren’t living together,” he said.
Mulayam Singh Yadav loyalist Amar Singh, who has been at the forefront of the raging feud between Samajwadi Party patriarch and his son Akhilesh, earlier said he is leaving for London for treatment.
AMAR-BACCHAN SPLIT BACKGROUNDER
Political lore has it that Amar Singh's break-up with the Bachchans was over a Rajya Sabha seat for Jaya Bachchan. But Amar Singh says the breaking point came over a dinner when Amitabh accused him of manipulating the situation to make the Bachchan family resign from the Sahara board.
"Remorse is for human beings, not for the house. Families like the Bachchans, if there was a death in the house, they would have my and my wife's names on the cards as family members. For the wedding of their sons and daughters, they used to print cards referring to us as family. I also treated them as family. I don't regret doing anything for them, whatever you do for the family, you don't regret," Amar Singh said in an interview to the The Telegraph, Calcutta in 2015.
"I regret the way they treated me opportunistically. But I maintain that a good human being can be a bad actor and a good actor may not necessarily be a good human being," he adds.
Amar Singh recalls the days when Amitabh and Aishwarya, after her engagement with Abhishek, stayed in this very bungalow and how he toned down the lavish spread of his birthday parties on the request of the superstar.
"I used to give big parties on my birthdays, but Mr Bachchan said he was uncomfortable, so he said, 'I will come to the party and I will decide the guest list.' I toned down the parties for him as I treated him as an elder brother. It was like his wish was my command," Amar Singh recounts, adding that the actor had last attended his party in 2008.
"Mr Bachchan, according to me, is contrary to Baghban (gardener), the role he played on screen. Off screen, he is Bagh-ujar (uprooting a garden), at least emotionally. I am saying this on record," Amar Singh says at one point.
Amar Singh says the experience with the Bachchans has made him realise why Congress president Sonia Gandhi refuses to accept anything from anyone on her birthdays. "I used to be amazed as to why she did that. But after these experiences in my life, I have realised that she does the right thing. She knows that all these bouquets and flowers and gifts are temporary facets in life. They are happening because she is somebody in life, and the moment she ceases to be somebody, it will stop."
"From 1996-2009, I was always under the spell of the shining sun, I did not feel that (the sense of being a nobody)... but in 2009 I lost my two kidneys, I was seriously ill, I was struggling for my life, then I got treatment, was arrested. I realised that there was no one... my two small children, my wife who had become paranoid, petrified and insecure and not trusting anyone. Anyone who is more affectionate, or more friendly, she gets scared. So I am more pained about these things, not about the house," he says.
(Amar Singh was arrested in the cash-for-vote case but was acquitted.)
He adds that Amitabh had neglected to invite him to his 70th birthday bash - "where even his spot boys were called, but not me" - but he conceded that Amitabh wishes him and his daughters on their birthdays every year through text messages.
(With additional information from The Telegraph, Calcutta)