It might not be known to many but back in 2007,
Amitabh Bachchan's status was questioned by many - among his equals and
among fans alike.
Before you jump to conclusions, it had nothing
to do with his caliber as an actor; Big B in fact was questioned about
his status as a farmer. In Barabanki (U.P), Big B owns about 70,000 sq
feet of land, despite being neither a resident or farmer from the town,
hence significant hostility was metted out to the fairness of his
ownership, by the lesser privileged.
At the time, the court of Faizabad overruled the case.
Since then, Big B has definitely proved himself to be a farmer at heart
by taking time off to go and visit the land that he holds in
U.P. He has legally registered himself as a seed-grower by getting due
permission from the UP Seed Development Corporation (UPSDC). These are
the people who actually coordinate and enhance the farm output in the
state of U.P which has now allowed Big B to work hard on his fields.
The big reason for his visit back to Lucknow was solely for a wedding though. He tweets: "In Lucknow for a wedding. Visited my farm .. and .. plowed my land .. drove my tractor, which digs and levels before sowing .." ((c) Twitter)
Big B didn't plan this alone though; his wife, Jaya
Bachchan joined him, and together they toured the six hectare land they
own in Muzaffarnagar down in the village of Lucknow district. Mr
Bachchan himself owns 2.5 hectares while Jaya owning 2.4 and Abhishek
gets his own share of 1.2 hectares.
Big B didn't leave any stone unturned in
attending to his fields. The moment he got a chance, he jumped onto a
tractor, leveling the field, which was followed up with sowing. On
the experience, Big B further tweets: "Feeling my earth, the soil
that gives us the crop .. working the machines that sow seed and
fertiliser automatically .. joy boundless." ((c) Twitter)
Playing spoilsport however, a disappointment followed
shortly after. Unlike many city dwellers, Big B mentally notes the
downfall in the rain pattern affecting the crop produce of his land and
the consequences that impact agriculture. Making a mention of which,
he tweeted: "Unseasonal rain has caused problems for the tilling and
sowing the wheat crop .. if it rains any more, entire crop shall be
." ((c) Twitter)
definitely won himself the credit of many more hearts, among the
struggling locals who watched the big celebrity in action on his fields -
a humbling experience for Bachchan and the onlookers alike.