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   The letter that Amitabh Bachchan has written... (January 2, 1990)

The letter that Amitabh Bachchan has written to the prime

minister indicates that he has finally decided to take matters in his own hands, and not depend on his friend Rajiv Gandhi, to clear his name of the Bofors case. He should now follow it up with some appropriate filmi action.

His task, henceforth, should be to find out who is the villain who has taken the bofors bribe and for which he is being blamed. In this task, naturally, the police would not be of any use to him. Apart from being inefficient, they are always on the side of the baddies. At best, Mr. Bachchan can take the help of either Dharmendra or Vinod Khanna or Rishi Kapoor.

He would have to remove the Kurta-churidars and shawl that he has been wearing for the past five years as ex-MP from Allahabad and go back to his Jeather jacket, leather armi band, and a falcon sitting on the arm-band. Then proceed to Delhi incognito by Indian Airlines, though his identity may be in danger of being discovered when he saves the plane and the air-hostess (Mennakshi Sheshadri) from being hijacked.

In Delhi, he may go about in several disguises: Sardarji bus-driver, Bihari auto-rickshaw driver, Tamilian government typist in the defence ministry typing pool (aieeo-o), politician from UP. During this time, he would have acquired a girlfriend from the Delhi University, either Rakha or Dimple Kapadia or this new girl what’s her-name.

The search for the vilain in high place, who has actually taken the Bofors bribe and left a trail of suspicion pointing at Amitabh Bachchan, is continuing. Cnances are that the villain is somebody who is outwardly putting up a show of protecting Mr. Bachchan. Shame.

The search may take Mr. Bachchan to India Gate, Jantar Mantar (at noon), Chandni Chowk, Taj Mansingh, Taj Palace, Dum Pookht, Delhi Gymkhana, Kutub Minar, Model Colony. Kutub Minar may come in the last scene, Mr. Bachchan and the villain struggling together on the top.

There may be a few songs. After all, which serious crime involving national security is solved without songs! One song may be at the Lodhi Gardens, with Mr. Khushwant Singh taking his morning walk and naming all the plants and flowers in the garden. But there would be no Shatrughan Sinha and Raj Babbar, since this is real life and not some Hindi film packed with guest stars.

As for who will turn out to be the real villain, how can I tell you that! That would be for Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. V.P. Singh to find out.

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