'Big B' Turns 77
At the age of 77, when there is no trace of his fellow actors, Amitabh Bachchan has kept the flag of his success flying. The art of dealing with the ups and downs of life can be learnt from Bachchan.
T 3314 - My immense gratitude and gratefulness to them that send their wishes for the 11th .. I cannot possibly thank each one individually .. but each one of you reside in my heart .. my love to you .. .. अनेक अनेक धन्यवाद— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 10, 2019
After a lot of struggle in the film industry, he got his first film ‘Saat Hindustani’ in 1969 but it was a flop. In 1971 came ‘Anand’ for which he was given the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. Fate took a turn for the better and Amitabh Bachchan became a superstar.
But destiny did a somersault and in 1982, during the shooting of the film ‘Coolie’, he was severely wounded and almost died. In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting and entered politics. He was good friends with Rajiv Gandhi. He contested the Lok Sabha elections from Allahabad and won with a heavy majority. But after three years, he quit politics, calling it a lake of dirty water. Then his name figured in the Bofors scam. He faced ignominy but the court declared him innocent. He turned to movies but things were not the same as earlier. His films began failing. He formed a company ABCL with his brother Ajitabh but he suffered so many losses that he had to almost auction off his house. While climbing the ladder of success, he fell down once more and turned towards the Samajwadi Party. But he came out of the debt at last. Then began one more comeback of Amitabh Bachchan. This time, he made TV his medium. Crorepati became a hit, life took a turn for the better. He began getting films and the films were successful. The same passion for his voice and acting style returned. The number of his fans began increasing. In Kolkata, there is a temple where ‘Har Har Amitabh’ and ‘Jai Shri Amitabh’ is written. He has lakhs of followers on Twitter. At the age of 77, the fact that he can work for long hours makes one wonder. Wishes poured in on Twitter:
On Amitabh Bachchan's 77th birthday, it's useful to remember that this actor with the greatest body of work didn't start his career till he was 28 and didn't have a hit film as hero for his first 4 years, his 1st hit being Zanjeer.— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) October 11, 2019
Not all of us sprint off the starting block! pic.twitter.com/YjBk50cWtc
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an entire ocean in a drop.”— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 11, 2019
Wishing you a very happy birthday sir @SrBachchan.
May you be blessed with lots of happiness, health & success forever. #HappyBirthdayAmitabhBachchan pic.twitter.com/OForKT08vf
Happy & loving birthday wishes for our very dear friend, from struggle days, the nation's favorite icon ‘personality in totality’ @SrBachchan. He was branded as India's 1st ‘Angry Young Man’ for his intense personality in Zanjeer, Deewar, Trishul, Kala Pathar, Lawaris pic.twitter.com/hipAtRFoTO— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) October 11, 2019
Every cinema lover has gone to a theater & watched you create magic on-screen. Here’s to many many years of experiencing your work & learning from you! Happy Birthday @SrBachchan Sir. Love and respect, always.— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) October 11, 2019
Sirji @SrBachchan I was 12 years old. Was watching DON in a small town TUNI, AP. Whole theatre was full. I don’t know Hindi . Nobody in Theatre knows Hindi. All we know is just one name , AMITABH BACHCHAN.— PURIJAGAN (@purijagan) October 11, 2019
LOV YOU SARKAR
HAPPY BIRTHDAY pic.twitter.com/gSPk8eesEP