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Amitabh Bachchan "deeply hurt" by media reports

VARANASI, OCT. 15. Actor Amitabh Bachchan today took exception to the reported remarks by Congress MP, Rahul Gandhi, about the comments allegedly made by his wife and actress Jaya Bachchan regarding the ties between the Bachchans and the Nehru-Gandhi family. He termed it a "bundle of lies" and said he might take steps to protect his family's honour.

Refraining from mentioning Mr. Gandhi's name, Mr. Bachchan, who is shooting for a film here, told reporters that he was "deeply hurt" by the reported comments in the media describing his family as "liars." .

Responding to questions on the "deteriorating" relations between the Bachchans and Nehru-Gandhi families, , Mr. Bachchan said that it was regretful that "family matters" were "needlessly being scrutinised by the media and debated by the members and well-wishers of the two families."

Mr. Bachchan said that relations between the two families had been on a "a strong emotional ground" since the days of the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his father and poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, and he was "pained" that the issue was being scrutinised by the media and others.

As far as he was concerned, the two families continued to respect each other. "We have respect for the Nehru-Gandhi family and will continue to have that."

Mr. Bachchan regretted certain reported comments on the issue, including those by his wife.

PTI

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