Amitabh Bachchan turned 72 on Saturday riding still high on Bollywood extravaganza and foraying into another top-notch TV show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, besides numerous events and functions to keep him busy throughout everyday, including his birthday.
Born on 11 October 1942 ot widely known Harivashrai Bachchan, a writer and professor, the senior Bachchan went ot the Doon School where he was a close friend of late Rajiv Gandhi. In fact, his entry into Bollywood in 1969 had a blessing from Rajiv’s mother and then prime minister Indir Gandhi but he came up in his career purely on merit and hardwork, which he relishes even today.
His dominance of the Hindi movie industry in the 1970s and 1980s was so huge that the French director François Truffaut called him a “one-man industry”.
Bachchan has won numerous awards, including 3 National Film Awards, and countless awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, besides 14 Filmfare Awards. Bachchan also acted in 2013 Hollywood film “The Great Gatsby”, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.
He is the most-nominated actor at Filmfare awards throughout his career, with 39 nominations in all. Known for barrish voice, he sang in films and produced some key films. He also had a stint in politics in the 1980s, when he joined the Rajiv Gandhi brigade to run the country but retreated later. He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001.
His health took a bad turn after his dangerous stint in “Coolie” in 1982 that kept him unconscious for days and undergo several recurrent operations rest of his life. But he survived and achieved greater name and fame, impressing all the generations of India. Known for his humbleness, the Big B is still a darling of the nation.
His Twitter account @SrBachchan says, “Actor… well at least some are STILL saying so!!” which brings forth his humility while he has 10.7 followers for his tweets, which he relentlessly sends out to his fans. Here is one who gave the BigB a vegan cake on Twiiter that stand out:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/SrBachchan”>@SrBachchan</a> I am celebrating ur birthday with the most butifl cake (becoz of ur pic on it) Hope u like it <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AB72Wishes?src=hash”>#AB72Wishes</a> <a href=”http://t.co/bayCrt9rrb”>pic.twitter.com/bayCrt9rrb</a></p>— Coky Amitabh (@CokyCrazyByAB) <a href=”https://twitter.com/CokyCrazyByAB/status/520686690898542592″>October 10, 2014</a></blockquote>
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MF Monitor shies away from writing more on the legendary and joins millions of his fans “Wishing Sr. Bachchan a Happy Birth Day” and invites readers to do the same in Comments section.