Imagine a film awards function without the Bachchans! The 55th Filmfare Awards was conducted without the Bachchan family. But why? Because they are not happy with the Mumbai Mirror, which belongs to the Times Group (organiser of the event), for carrying false report about Aishwarya Bachchan.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote in his blog that the Bachchan family is going to keep away from the function. “We have informed Filmfare that neither will Aishwarya be performing at the event, for which all preparations had been made and neither shall any of us be attending. Which includes Balki, the director of the film, even when Paa has been nominated in five categories for the evening. No coercion, just a voluntary decision of solidarity," he blogged.
He also thanked Balki for standing by his family. “Thank you Balki !! Instead he shall be coming over to discuss a few new and exciting ideas for our next film !! Couldn't have chosen a better time!!!" he wrote. He added that lawyers notice has been delivered to the editor of Mumbai Mirror, seeking on a legal plane retraction and apology.
The Bachchan family is angry over the recent report by Mumbai Mirror that Aishwarya couldn't bear a child due to stomach tuberculosis. They demanded a public apology from the publication house but they didn't relent, and thus the boycott.
Sadly, Amitabh Bachchan, who bagged Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Paa, kept away from the star-studded function.