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Amitabh Bachchan clears 'golden thali' controversy; criticizes media for not checking facts
The controversies surrounding megastar Amitabh Bachchan don't seems to end. Even before the actor could breate a sigh of relief, after a recent clash with a motorist, who called him a 'third-rate actor' and held him responsible for Sunday's traffic problems in the city, another fresh controversy has erupted.

Social media sites like Facebook were suddenly flooded with pictures showing the actor having an 'expensive looking' dinner, allegedly in 'golden thalis,' with the family of T.S. Kalyanaraman - chairman of Kalyan Jewellers - one of India's leading jewellery makers.

However, the actor came out with a clarification and critisized the media for circulating a story without checking the basic facts. Big-B took to his official blog to present his side of the story.

The megastar and his daughter-in-law Aishwayra Rai Bachchan are the brand ambassadors of Kalyan jewellers. While denying the news report about him, dining on a Rs. 65 crore dinner set made of gold, he said, "clarifications in today's times if not done, tend to be treated as a given fact."

After the allegations, Bachchan reacted to the report annoyingly saying, that he was actually dining with the family of his deceased friend, the Tamil superstar Sivaji Ganesan.

Criticizing the media ethics for circulating such stories without basic fact-checking, Bachchan said, "controversial and sensational subjects on news and write ups get faster and greater reactions than the more placid information."

"For survival the mix of a lot of these elements would go into the formation of the bulletin or the edit or a particular story. What must go where and when is the crucial question, and that is what is most fascinating for me as an observer," he added.

Besides, the hosts of the dinner, Sivaji Ganesan's sons, Ram kumar and Prabhu too condemned the report claiming it 'mischievous.' "The lunch was served on thalis which were not made of gold, but the moment was golden! I strongly condemn the malicious efforts to spread false and fictitious theories using an image of this memorable occasion," reads the statement written by Prabhu Ganesan. The hosts also clarified that the lunch was a simple vegetarian meal, served on banana leaves, in copper thalis.

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