United Kingdom will witness the UK-India Year of Culture, launched by Queen Elizabeth II wherein dignitaries from Hollywood and Bollywood are invited to make their presence at the event on Monday. Amitabh Bachchan, one of the senior stars of Bollywood has also been given a special invitation by the Queen and Prince Philip, which however, BigB had to decline due to prior commitments.
Sources close to actor, who is an icon of Indian film industry blame it on the closely knit schedule of the star.
Prior commitments are making it impossible for him to fly to London for the gala. He has already extended his regret to the invitation, citing pre-scheduled commitments, but is honoured to receive a special invite from Buckingham PalaceA source
Adding to the source Amitabh Bachchan’s publicist confirmed about the same. “Yes, Mr Bachchan has been extended a rare invitation by Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace to grace the UK-India Cultural Year reception. Unfortunately, however, he will be unable to attend due to prior commitments.”
Bachchan's reminder diary includes the trailer launch of Ram Gopal Varma's 'Sarkar 3' in the first week of March. He is also gearing up for Vijay Krishna Acharya's 'Thugs of Hindostan' with Aamir Khan and Gaurang Doshi's 'Aankhen 2'.
His other projects include Ayan Mukherji's 'Dragon', ‘PadMan’ by director R Balki.