The deep friendship between Amitabh Bachchan and the Gandhi family has been well-known to the public. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Amitabh Bachchan were the thickest of friends. During the period of 1975 Emergency as well, the actor was often publicly spotted with Sanjay Gandhi. This had even sparked a major controversy with media opposing Bachchan’s closeness to the Gandhi family. Amitabh Bachchan also shared a strong bond with Sonia Gandhi who at that time, was about to get married to Rajiv Gandhi.
In fact, Sonia Gandhi treated Amitabh Bachchan like her brother and even her daughter Priyanka Gandhi called him Mama. In the year 1968, Amitabh Bachchan even went to the Delhi Palam airport to pick up Sonia Gandhi on a cold winter night.
After Sanjay Gandhi’s demise, Rajiv Gandhi took his plunge into politics. Along with him, his close friend Amitabh Bachchan also ventured into politics and fought the Lok Sabha election in 1984-85 from Allahabad. However, Amitabh Bachchan’s political career did not last long.
After Amitabh Bachchan’s name got involved in the infamous Bofors Scandal, the actor resigned and returned to films. Eventually, he was proved not guilty of the scam. Regarding Amitabh’s early exit from the politics of India, his wife Jaya Bachchan even said that he couldn’t handle it because of being a sensitive person.
As per some reports now emerging in the media, it is speculated that Indira Gandhi had predicted very well in advance that Amitabh Bachchan is not suitable for politics. She had even warned Rajiv Gandhi against Amitabh’s entry into politics. A noteworthy fact about this warning given by Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi is that it was made only a few days before Indira Gandhi’s death.
At that time, Rajiv Gandhi was the general secretary of All India Congress Committee. Indira Gandhi called upon Rajiv Gandhi, Makhan Lal Fotedar, and Arun Nehru. For the uninitiated, Makhan Lal Fotedar and Arun Nehru were senior leaders of the Indian National Congress.
According to a report by News18, Indira Gandhi warned Rajiv Gandhi against doing two things in the future. The first one was that he should not make Amitabh Bachchan enter politics. The second one was that he should stay united with Madhav Rao Scindia, the former king of Gwalior.
When Rajiv Gandhi gave the election ticket to Amitabh Bachchan in 1984, Makhan Lal Fotedar understood why Indira Gandhi has warned them against it. But Rajiv Gandhi paid no heed to anyone. Amitabh Bachchan gained a huge say in the appointments and transfers of officers in the ministry. A number of senior politicians had even complained against it. In fact, he was even interfering in the administration of not only Uttar Pradesh, but Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra as well.