Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan have once again acquired agricultural land in Uttar Pradesh.
This time the Bachchan family’s lingering wish to be farmers has been granted after the father-son duo purchased approximately 1.4 hectare (3.2 acres) in Muzaffarnagar village at Kakori--23 km from the state capital Lucknow.
On Tuesday, the registry formalities of the newly acquired land were completed at the office of Sub-Registrar-4 in the state capital. Mumbai resident attorney holder Rajesh Yadav was present on behalf of Bachchans apart from lawyer Vishal Mehrotra.
Officials said that the Bachchans have paid a total of Rs 6 crore for the agricultural land at Rs 67 lakh per bhiga apart from a stamp duty of Rs 29.85 lakh.
“Of this two bhiga 3 biswa land has been registered in Amitabh Bachchan’s name and six bhiga ten biswa in Abhishek Bacchan’s name,” the lawyer Mehrotra said.
Bachchan’s aspirations to become a farmer from UP are not new. In 2010 the superstar and his wife Jaya Bachchan had acquired nearly 4 hectares (10 acres) of land in the same village in Kakori of Kakori Train Dacoity fame that triggered off Independence struggle by revolutionaries Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil and others against the British in 1925.
It was after this acquisition that Bachchan could purchase land in Maharashtra. Before this the superstar found himself in a controversy after purchasing 16 bighas of land in Daulatpur village of neighboring Barabanki district in 2006 and 2007.
Later the village head Raj Kumari, her son Avnindra Singh had moved the court for filing a case against Bachchan and five others, alleging that the actor had "cheated" people by announcing setting up of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Mahavidyala Degree College in the village, whereas no work has started even after the announcement made two years back.