Endless reasons why Amitabh Bachchan is the ‘Star of the Millennium’
It would be an understatement to say that Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor. No, Bachchan is not a great actor, he is, in fact, an institution in himself. He has been entertaining the audience for more than the last five decades and still, we just can’t have enough of him. The 77-year-old actor has reinvented himself time and again and has been ruling the people’s hearts and minds since time immemorial. There’s no one who can match the calibre of Bachchan, (fondly called Big B) and that’s what sets him apart from the rest.
Big B’s aura is so powerful that when he enters a room you instantly feel the shift in the vibe of the energy. Yes, I am speaking this from personal experience. Mr. Bachchan is loved by people across all age groups (which is a rare feat). His craze amongst the cinephiles is indescribable. Being a North Indian, I have seen how he is literally worshipped by people of that region. I still remember my uncle endlessly trying to emulate Big B’s mannerisms and his trademark baritone but failing miserably to do so. But watching my uncle do that was a source of great Entertainment for the entire family.
My uncle was once trying to convince my mother to try this aerated drink which was quite popular in the 90s. Mom was very reluctant about drinking it, and it was then my uncle convinced her saying, “Peelo bhabhi ji, arre apna Amitabh Bachchan bhi yahi peeta hai!”. And I guess this simple line sums up how Big B has influenced and touched the entire nation with his unparalleled charisma. Yes, people follow him like crazy, some even worship him. And he has given us enough reasons to do so.
The first job of my career was with this entertainment magazine called ‘Blockbuster’ and as luck would have it, it was Padma Shri Amitabh Bachchan who launched its first issue! And that was like a dream come true moment for me. Watching him on stage, appreciating my magazine was a proud moment for me. I will always cherish that moment. Always.
There is something about Bachchan that just watching him fills your heart with pride. His grace, intelligence, and powerful performances are some of the reasons why we love him so much. Big B, has time and again proved that age is just a number. Even at 77, he is working tirelessly and has four films- ‘Jhund’, ‘Brahmastra’, ‘Chehre’ and ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ lined up for release.
Despite his super-packed schedule, he writes a blog daily without fail. He is a compulsive user of social media. Never misses out wishing his colleagues and even newbies on their birthdays on social media platforms. And if someone forgets to reply, he even gently reminds them about his messages! How super cool and sweet is that? This man is an embodiment of humility. And no one can deny that fact.
Whenever Big B likes the performance of any actor from the industry, he makes sure to send his token of appreciation. He has done that even for the newbies. Imagine the kind of happiness a newcomer must be experiencing after being praised by Mr. Bachchan! Through these heartfelt gestures and little things, Big B touches people’s heart and leave his mark on them forever.
In an industry where stars are known for throwing tantrums and fashionably arriving late at events, Bachchan is the only actor who values other people’s time more than his own and that’s the reason why he is never late for any of his professional commitments. People can vouch for his punctuality.
Just look at the energy and enthusiasm with which he takes up each of his projects. He has this hunger to outperform himself even at this age. In the 70s and 80s, Bachchan was stuck with this ‘Angry young man’ tag which sort of became a limitation for him. But as Bachchan reached the age where he could no longer play the role of a “conventional hero”, he began taking risks and pushed the envelope by not going by the rule books anymore.
On-screen, he has played a 64-year-old plus chef in love with a woman (Tabu) half his age (in Cheeni Kum), a Ghost in ‘Bhoothnath’, an old man in love with his daughter’s friend in ‘Nishabd’, played son to his own real-life son (in Paa), sported a feminine avatar (in Laawaris). In short, Big B has done it all and is yet exploring concepts that no other actor has even thought of doing at his age.
The legendary actor has not limited himself just to Hindi films. He has starred in several regional films as well. Big B even shared the screen space with the Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’. Not only films, Big B has also contributed in changing the scenario of Indian television. In the 2000s, Big B started hosting ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. And after that, there was no looking back.
It’s not that Big B has never faced a hard time in his personal as well as professional life but he came out of it all with his sheer hard work and that’s another thing about him which is so inspiring. He is on every director’s wishlist and has been conferred with innumerable awards and honours (personally I feel he deserves every honor out there). He is actually working with filmmakers and actors who grew up watching and admiring his work! How often have you witnessed something like this? I am falling short of words to describe this man and my adulation for him.
If you have watched Amitabh Bachchan’s films on the silver screens then consider yourself lucky because it’s not every day that a megastar is born and it’s literally an honor to belong to the same era as him. If anyone sits down to list the reasons why Big B is the ‘Star of the Millennium’, I can bet that just like mine, even their list will be endless.
I wish our Shahensha a very happy birthday and a rocking year ahead. May you continue touching people’s lives the way you have always done.