In an exclusive, Amar
explains the infamous tape, the Bipasha connect, and how his old
association with Bollywood's foremost family - the Bachchans - is no longer what
In an exclusive, Amar Singh explains the infamous tape,
the Bipasha connect, and how his old association with Bollywood's foremost
family — the Bachchans — is no longer what it was
If the Bipasha tape is indeed fabricated, why Bipasha,
of all the people in the world? What's the connection?
I'll tell you.
I studied it. First of all, my unqualified apology to Bipasha. I am born and
brought up in Bengal. By heart, I am a Bengali...
...Umm, and when it is election time, politically, I
am a UP Thakur?
I worked in a Bengali movie called Sesh Sanghat which
was on the Naxal issue. In fact, when the film, which espoused the cause of the
landless farmers, was a huge hit. I can speak chaste Bengali, perhaps better
than many residents of Kolkata. My education is in Kolkata, my base is in
Bengal. So why should I not call myself Bengali? As a fellow Bengali, my
unqualified apology to Bipasha. Apart from the fact that the age gap between me
and her is huge, I have only seen Bipasha twice in my life, that too, in a
crowd. Once at the premiere of Viruddh, in which John acted as Amitabh ji's son.
At that point of time, I was very actively associated with AB Corp, as everyone
knows. I am, incidentally, still officially vice-chairman of AB Corp; how far I
am going to be there, I don't know. The second time I saw her was at a special
screening of Lamha. That's about all. She must be knowing that this man is Amar
Singh, and I knew that she was Bipasha Basu. Barring that, I have had no
interaction whatsoever with Bipasha.
None at all?
I am not someone who runs away
from relationships, of any nature. They are not something to be ashamed of, or
embarrassed about. But here, there is nothing to deny. My 2005-2006 24 hours,
365 days' taped telephone conversations can be checked, there is not a single
conversation between me and Bipasha. And thank god it is not there. The Bipasha Basu
2006 phoning somebody would be very flattering for anyone, but I did not get
that opportunity of feeling flattered. And any lady is unlikely to talk like
that... ladies rarely propose. It is the habit and perogative of men to propose,
and we are also often disposed. A lady will not chase Amar Singh!
If someone had to create a fake, he could have had
another name, more easily linked to you. Why Bipasha, of all people?
Yes, that is what I have also been thinking about. If it was Dimple,
or other film stars of my age group, who are quite friendly with me...
Surely there are film stars not of your age
group who are also quite friendly with you?
See, 'friendship' is
being used very casually. Acquaintances are also being described as friends.
Many of my good friends, who have made it big, refused to recognise me as a
friend when they thought I was left behind, because there was a lot of gap in
our status. And when I grew in stature, someone who met me twice or thrice in
life began dropping my name and telling people that we were 'very good friends'.
For twenty years I treated Jaya Bachchan as family. Twenty years is a hell of a
lot. There were moments when I stood by her. And when one moment of decision
came for her (to stand by me), I looked around, and she was not there for me!
I treated Jaya Bachchan as family, and that I feel sorry for the demise
of such a beautiful relationship. And beyond that, I will not open my mouth.
So, to clarify – I am not friendly with many people. I share my life
with friends, I can give my life for friends, I can take a life for friends.
That is what friendship is.
So who are
your friends today?
Well, it is very difficult to say. After
transplantation of my kidneys, I think God has shown me real life. From 1996
onwards, there was no stop in my career; there was rapid growth and rise. There
was all the time limelight. The halo was so artificial. God decided to tell me,
you think you are powerful? I will tell you who the hell you are. And he took
both my kidneys, and spoilt 70% of my intestines. For one and half years I was
away from politics. What crisis of health does to a political person, as
depicted in Prakash Jha's Raajneeti, is not at all filmy. With decline of
fortune and health, comes the change in attitude of powerful people, moneyed
people, industrialists. But this is what politics is. There is only the head,
there are only goals, there is only ambition – and for that, anybody can be
sacrificed. Even the sacrifice of Amar Singh by Jaya Bachchan for one more Rajya
Sabha term is legally and morally justifiable. This is what raajneeti
The question - Bipasha...
But the pertinent question you are asking again and again – why, of
all person, Bipasha? The answer to that is – in the making of Omkara, I played a
pivotal role. I assisted Kumar Mangat a hell of a lot. The credits began with:
Thank You, Amar Singh ji. Somebody put two and two together and figured that I
had an association with Omkara team.
I am not denying it is my voice –
but that is not how I would speak to a lady. I have spoken that line to a
naughty male friend of mine – some bitchy men to men talk. It is along the lines
of "I have become old, I am not interested in girls" conversation. I'd like to
make clear that it is not Bipasha.
I will not tell you with whom I was
talking, but he is also a celebrity, he is also a known person. So yes, it is my
voice, and I am not embarrassed to accept that. I know a film actor – a faded
star – was very hostile towards me, spreading canards about Bipasha and me at
that point of time
When Omkara was being
Yes, when it was being made and I was actively associated with
it. Bipasha had nothing to do with any of it. The objective was to defame me;
she just became a victim of crossfire. I am searching for the papa of this tape.
Many people are helpless in such situations; but I am not helpless.
Aren't people from Bollywood hesitant to
call you now?
Those who used to talk, are still talking. Those who
are scared, good luck to them. Bollywood is not particularly worried about such
things. If they were worried about that, the Salman Khans and Sanjay Dutts would
have left the industry long back.
much has your once talked-about bond with the Bachchans changed?
long as I am in my company, I will be in ABCL. If I leave the board of my own
company – since I am spending a lot of time in politics – then I will request Mr
Bachchan to leave the board of AB Corp also.
That'll be the formal split?
No, it will
have no correlation with my strained relationship with – actually there is no
strained relationship also, because I cannot afford any strain of relationship
with the Bachchans. My deep sense of agony and hurt is with Jaya Bachchan. No
other family members has not caused me any agony or hurt. So I have no reason to
be apprehensive about their conduct. But unfortunately, in this case, honourable
Jayaji happens to be the lady of the house. And if you are not having good terms
with the lady of the house...
aana-jaana in that home will lessen?
It will almost stop. My
affection for Abshishek and Aishwarya, my respect for Amitji, and my good wishes
for Jayaji remain the same, but definitely the level of interaction cannot be