Indian-American economist and Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Gita Gopinath on Friday reacted to a complimentary post by Amitabh Bachchan, saying he was the greatest of all time and that she was a huge fan of the Bollywood superstar.
Big B had called Gopinath a beautiful face on his television quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Gopinath shared a video clip of the moment from show on her verified Twitter account on Friday, where Bachchan can be seen telling a contestant in Hindi while showing Gita’s photo on the big screen: “She has such a beautiful face, nobody can relate her with economy.”
Reacting to the clip, Gita tweeted: “Ok, I don’t think I will ever get over this. As a HUGE fan of Big B @SrBachchan, the Greatest of All Time, this is special!”
Responding to her tweet, Big B wrote: “Thank you Gita Gopinath ji .. I meant every word i said about you on the show .. said in utmost earnestness.”
However, not all netizens were overjoyed with Bachchan’s comment in the KBC clip. A section of social media users slammed the veteran actor for hinting at the idea that a woman with a beautiful face could not be an expert in economy.
“So sad that he just had to mention your looks while pointing to your earned achievement… Anyway, congratulations to you @GitaGopinath : keep the flag flying high!” commented a user.
“I didn’t like the comment about linking beauty with brains. Stupid of Mr. Bachchan to suggest that beautiful women can’t be economists,” expressed another user. (IANS)
India is coming back much faster than expected from the Covid-19 restrictions, leading to a hike in projections for its economic growth rate to 11.5 percent for the next fiscal year, Gita Gopinath, the International Monetary Fund’s research head said Jan. 26.
That rate of the growth in the gross domestic product would make India the fastest-growing major economy in 2021-22.
Gopinath said the upgrade in India’s GDP growth forecast is “because activity and mobility particularly came back much faster than expected in India. We have not seen another wave. In fact, we’ve seen a very strong decline in cases, which is again a bit different from other parts of the world.”
(Picture: Mumbai Mirror)