It is s believed that he entered into politics to assist his friend,
late Rajiv Gandhi. But a great actor couldn't etch the role of an
astute politician. Very soon it was evident that he was not cut
out for politics.
Later, he was dragged into the Bofors scandal, which was followed
by other allegations and accusations. The opposition parties did
not only attack him but the press also teamed up with the politicians
and ripped him apart and almost ruined his public image. These bitter
experiences turned Amitabh off his political aspirations forever.
Amitabh called this decision a big mistake of his life.
In fact his brief stint with politics was so bad that he took
long sabbatical - he quit films and went abroad to nurse his wounds.
But this benefited the film press. Big B's bitter experiences on
the political arena brought him close to the film journos whom he
used to keep at arms length earlier.
Today his friendship with the politician Amar Singh is the most
talked about relationship both in the industry and outside the industry.
Both are almost inseparable.