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Waiting unabashedly for 70, says Big B

He’s feisty, legendary and indefatigable and turning 69 has changed none of that for Amitabh Bachchan. He still updates his blog and tweets in the early hours of the morning.

With 1,322,985 followers on Twitter and a mammoth readership and hundreds of comments on his blog for each post, Amitabh Bachchan even today is at the top of his game both personally and professionally.

On his birthday today, the Big B shares an anecdote with his fans on his blog.

“I was born today ! 11th of October 1942 in Allahabad in a small private maternity outfit run by a missionary Dr Brar, in the most crowded market area of the city, Katra. I was brought home by my parents in the best possible transport machinery that they could afford – a tonga ! Wrapped in a ‘gudari’ I still refer to many that I am a ‘gudari ka lal’ – a human that is affiliated with the cheapest form of clothing. I loved being in that form and still love it,” the superstar writes.

“I have noticed on many occasions that the life and the style of those that live in such conditions, is closest to me in temperament. There is a certain sense of attachment every time I come in close contact with people and circumstances that narrate to me stories of the time. That is my most alluring possession. The complete ease that I feel and identify with when in the company of those that inhabit those lands,” he writes. Big B regularly shares his personal and professional experiences with his followers, calling them his “extended family”.

“As I step into the 70’s unabashedly, I need to thank several of those that I feel were the ones that seemed distressed with the number of my age. But no they are not so ! When they speak of age and involvement, why must we only look upon the aged, onto those that show the ravishes of time and the hunger of recognition. I would imagine that we must let the world be as it is and allow whatever shape it desires to take vis a vis individuals.”

Amitabh started his Bollywood career in 1969 with Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’ Saat Hindustani, but it was 1973 film Zanjeer that actually kick-started his film journey. The rest, as they say, is history.

Amitabh’s stint on TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati resuscitated his career which was at the nadir after the fiasco over ABCL, the production and entertainment company set up by him.

On the show, the legendary actor does his best to fulfill wishes of the participants, even setting up calls with daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, at the request of contestants.

“I have only just returned from KBC and it has been a grueling day, apart of course from the fact that tonight there were several from the blog that adorned the front rows of the audience, and what a pleasure it was to be in their company. The zip and the zane went up several notches higher knowing that they were there and there in support.”

Amitabh admits he is inspired by the way these contestants delightfully make things work despite adverse circumstances.

“I must to bed now. I have a busy day tomorrow … and the morrow and the morrow and the morrow !!” he signs off. The perseverance and tenacity shines through with every post or tweet of India’s legendary actor.


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