Over the years of growing up, i kept hearing stories from Paa and Grandmom about how they used to watch every film of Amitabh Bachchan, first day first show. If they didnt get tickets in the theatre near home, they would go to any theatre anywhere in Mumbai, but not miss the first day first show of his film. 8 years back i fell in love with this man, Abhishek Bachchan. I knew he was Amitabh Bachchan's son. But that was never a reason for me to like him, to be precise love him. I was 14 then. Probably too young to understand the greatness of Amitjee, to understand his work, to understand why he was a legend. Though even then, Silsila was my favorite film. I was awestruck with his larger than life persona. And i still can watch silsila endlessly.
With time, as i came to know more about him, more than the love i started developing respect for him. Amitjee now kind of seems to have become my hero, an inspiration to so many of us. I learnt that the greatest people are the ones who are the most humble and grounded. Just as my respect for Amitjee continued to grow, similarly my respect and love for AB has also grown over the years. As far as AB is concerned, i actually have to sometimes remind myself, that he is a star. He, just like Amitjee is so humble and grounded, that sometimes you think he is your friend, and not a star.
Getting back to expressing myself with regards to Amitjee, i feel he is so much more than just an actor, because of the way he has touched hearts of so many people around the world. Because of the way, he brings a smile on to so many faces. While i watch KBC i realise i have a huge grin on my face all through. And then i see Maa or Paa's face...and they have that smile too. Its just amazing to know that. Can anybody match the depth of his eyes? Yes, AB can. His charm, his charisma has been intact over the years. Be it Satte pe Satta, Don, Chupke chupke, Silsila, Muqaddar ka sikander.... or even his cameos in so many movies.. the experience of watching him on screen cannot be described in words. But i have really no caliber to say anything about him. Im just too chotu to do that. No praise, no compiment can match what he truly deserves. Yet on recieving compliments, he says, " Main inn shabdon ke laayak nahi hoon". If he says that, toh phir hum toh kis khet ki mooli hai? Thats the beauty of the person that he is.
No. Amitabh Bachchan is not God. I think he is a just human being who is anything but ordinary, to have touched so many hearts. He truly deserves every bit of love that he gets. And what amazes me is this wonderful co-incidence that this person who i love...Abhishek Bachchan happens to be the son of Amitabh Bachchan. Hahaha. I know i can be crazy at times...At times??? Naaah! I can actually go on and on with this. Because there are so many things i would want to express. But for now..let me just conclude with this, "A Very very happy birthday Amitjee. Stay healthy and keep inspiring all of us. Thank you for making us smile always with your presence"
Lots and lots of love,