Big B decides to shake hands with Raj Thackeray

Amitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan and Raj Thackeray will be sharing a platform at the seventh anniversary celerbations of MNS at Matunga in Mumbai on December 23. (Express Archive)

After quietly suffering verbal attack from MNS chief Raj Thackeray five years back, superstar Amitabh Bachchan seems to have decided to shake hands with him and end the acrimony between the two.

The two will be sharing a platform at the seventh anniversary celerbations of MNS at Matunga in Mumbai on December 23. The function has also been organised to mark the 100 years of Indian cinema.

Confirming the development, Shalini Thackeray, MNS vice-president, said Bachchan has accepted the invitation to attend the function as the chief guest. Shalini Thackeray, who also heads the party's film wing MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sangh, said she and another office-bearer Amay Khopkar

had gone to invite Bachchan for the function which he has gracefully accepted.

When asked whether the acrimony of the past few years between Raj Thackeray and Amitabh Bachchan has ended, she said,"There was nothing between the two. Both of them have been communicating with each other on the phone. But yes it will be the first time both will be sharing a platform." Actor Sachin Pilgaonkar has also been invited for the function.

She said Raj Thackeray had always maintained that he was a fan of the superstar and whatever misunderstandings existed between the two  "is all media creation."

Raj Thackeray had unleashed a verbal attack on Bachchan after the MNS was founded in 2008 and the party had targetted North Indians in Mumbai.

"Though he has become a star in Mumbai, his interest is in Uttar Pradesh. That is why he was trying to be an ambassador of UP rather than Maharashtra," Thackeray had said. "Though he achieved everything in Mumbai, when it came to elections, Amitabh chose UP," he had said.

Though Big B maintained a stoic silence refusing to get into any verbal duel, his wife Jaya Bachchan, a Samajwadi Party MP, hit back, saying she was from UP and that people from Maharashtra should excuse her for speaking in Hindi. Though MNS demanded an apology and threatened to boycott films of

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