Kolkata: India's cine megastar Amitabh Bachchan did not take any appearance fee for singing the national anthem in the India-Pakistan World Twenty 20 clash, confirmed a senior official of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Sunday.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan (C) sings the Indian national anthem ahead of the start of the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Pakistan at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on March 19, 2016. Pic/AFP
India beat Pakistan by six wickets at the Eden Gardens on Saturday night.
A report in the social media claimed that the megastar had taken Rs. 4 crore to sing the national anthem and be present for the gala pre-match ceremony where former cricketers were felicitated.
Many fans reacted to the report with some questioning his patriotism.
However, a top CAB official cleared the air on Sunday.
“No, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan did not take any money from us,” the official told IANS.
The 73-year-old actor reportedly also booked his flight tickets and paid his hotel bills himself.