The former Supreme Court judge and ex-chairman of Press Council of India, Markandey Katju, who is an active Facebook user with more than half a million followers on the social media platform, has said that Amitabh Bachchan is a man with "nothing in his head".
Katju took to Facebook through two posts, to call him empty-headed and further clarified his statement by citing famous revolutionary philosopher Karl Marx's quote -- religion is the opium of the masses, used as a drug by the rulers to keep the masses pacified, so that they may not revolt.
He wrote that Bachchan has done nothing to solve the country's problems instead he created a world of make believe in his movies. He compared his films to drugs that are used to pacify people.
"Amitabh Bachchan's films, like those of Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, etc are like drugs, they take the people to a world of make believe, and they are therefore very useful to our rulers since they keep people pacified," Katju wrote.
He also went on to compare his films with circus.
"The Roman Emperors used to say ' If you cannot give the people bread, give them circuses ". So most of our films are like circuses, which our rulers provide to our people since they cannot give the people bread ( i.e. employment, heaalthcare, nutritious food, good education, etc )," Katju wrote.
In his second post, he called media persons who praise Bachchan empty-headed as well.