Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, voted as ‘superstar of the millennium’ several years back via an on-line poll, has gone philosophical and uttered something about paying taxes. “Nobody can escape from the clutches of death and the taxman and it would be better if one gets ready to face the ‘twin disasters’ at all times in his life,” Amitabh has remarked.
On the basis of the Income Tax Department’s recommendation, the Supreme Court of India has sent a notice to Amitabh, often referred to as Big B, to pay up a tax balance amounting to Rs.1.66 crores out of the money he was apparently paid to host the hugely popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) television way back in 2001-2002.
Amitabh was taking part in the press-meet held in Mumbai in connection with the ‘introduction’ of an upcoming Bollywood film titled Jolly LLB which reportedly has many sequences ridiculing the Indian judicial system and the casual way ‘urgent cases’ are dealt with under the garb of ‘acting as per the provisions of law’. “I loved being part of the film and I’m sure the film would be a huge success at the box office,” Amitabh said.
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Playing a Chief Justice’s role in the film, Amitabh was sought to comment of the legal notice he had received. Replying to the queries from newsmen, Amitabh said “There is couple of things life which one can’t avoid at any cost: one is death and the other is the taxmen’s noose. Both are inevitable and both can be very ‘taxing’; however, I’d abide by the order of the apex Court in the country,” he concluded.