Thursday, March 18, 2010

Want to talk to Big B? Log on to Bachchan Bol News

Want to talk to Big B? Log on to Bachchan Bol

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Do you want to talk to Amitabh Bachchan? Well, you may get an opportunity to do so as the Bollywood megastar is going to call up his fans through vogging or voice blogging.

The 67-year-old will call back those who grab his attention with their feedback or questions through a new talk-back feature on his blog - Bachchan Bol, launched a week ago.

Fans can leave their messages, opinions, feedback or suggestions by calling Bachchan Bol on 505678910 and tapping into the 'talkback mechanism'. Amitabh will listen in and comment on his favourite messages and play it out to the nation.

"The talk-back feature on Bachchan Bol makes it truly the first of its kind interactive service where consumers can leave their messages, feedback and anything they want to talk to Mr. Bachchan about... Mr. Bachchan will call back a select few people that grab his attention with their messages for him," Rahul Merchant, director operations-Asia, Inside India Ltd, told IANS over e-mail from Mumbai.

"The same will be played back onto the portal for others," he added.

The talk-back feature has earned wide interest from the actor's fans. A lady, who dropped in a message for Big B, claims to have married her husband only because his voice was similar to the megastar.

Opposition to Bachchan as Kerala tourism ambassador Minister News

Opposition to Bachchan as Kerala tourism ambassador Minister

Thiruvananthapuram, March 17 (IANS) A week after Amitabh Bachchan accepted Kerala's request to become the state's brand ambassador to promote tourism, the move is apparently facing stiff opposition.

"I would not like to name those who have expressed their displeasure in inviting Big B to promote Kerala tourism. A few social and cultural personalities have said that this should not be done," Kerala Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told IANS.

"Stiff opposition to this has also come from Delhi and that has surprised many of us," he said. But he did not elaborate as to who were opposing his appointment.

Big B was in the state for a few functions last month. It was during an interview to a TV channel that the actor said he would gladly accept the offer to become Kerala tourism's brand ambassador.

Soon after, the Kerala Tourism wrote to him and also received his acceptance letter.

"What I am told is that in the past also efforts were made to rope in the superstar but it did not materialise because of the hefty professional charges that was asked. This time too everything depends on how much he would ask and also what sort of opposition is going to surface. Let us see...," Balakrishnan said.

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