Mechuka: “Apun ko bahut bahut khusi hoyele hai k apun Arunachal Pradesh ka brand ambassador hai mamu. Aur apun ye state kabhi chor ke nai jane wale (I am extremely happy that I am the brand ambassador of Arunachal and I am not going to leave this state anytime soon),” said ‘Munna Bhai’ of the Indian film industry to a resounding applause of the people despite the chill at Mechuka on Monday evening.
Roped in as the brand ambassador of ‘50 Years of Arunachal Pradesh’ celebration, actor Sanjay Dutt continued, “Roped-in mat kahiye…main aapko bol raha hun mujhe yahan bandh k hi rakhiyega (Don’t say roped-in, I am telling you to tie me and keep me here).”
The popular actor kicked off the media campaign for the month-long celebrations, from January 20 to February 20, 2022, commemorating the birth of Arunachal Pradesh as an identity, in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and State Assembly Speaker P D Sona, who is also the chairman of the organizing committee.
Known erstwhile as North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA), Arunachal Pradesh came into existence as a Union Territory on January 20, 1972.
The month-long state-wide celebrations are scheduled to start from January 20, 2022, at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district. It will cover all the five river basins of the state after which the first districts were named viz Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap.
The month-long event will culminate on the 20th February 2022 at Itanagar during the 36th Statehood Day celebrations.
Lauding the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, Dutt said the state’s culture, its food and the people are unique, and assured to give his best in highlighting this uniqueness to the people outside.
As part of the media campaign, Dutt will feature in a series of promotional videos on tourism in the state.
Dutt will also engage with local youths on a series of initiatives on substance and drug abuse, and issues that have emerged as a serious concern for the state in recent years.
Recalling his days of substance abuse, the actor said that it is better to live life and that life is a better high than any drugs in the world.
To a repeated cheer from the audience for a ‘Jadu Ki Jhappi’ (magical hug), Dutt said “to those who keep away from drugs”, “Main usko ek Jadu Ki Jhappi nai…pachas Jadu Ki Jhappi dunga! (I’ll give 50 magical hugs to those who stay away from drugs).”
On a lighter note, responding to apologies from the chief minister on account of lack of proper accommodation in the state befitting the actor, Dutt said, “Main aapko bata doon main chah (six) saal jail me raha hoon….usse toh behtar jagah aapne mujhe di hai!” (I’ve lived in a jail for 6 years, this is far better than that).
Dutt also expressed gratitude to the security forces including the army, air force and ITBP for guarding the country against external forces in harsh conditions along the border.
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