By Hindustan Times
The entire nation is celebrating Big B's birthday. How often does that happen? Pick up any newspaper, switch on any news channel and surf through any website, Amitabh Bachchan is there. Stars are wishing him on Twitter and if his bash yesterday night is anything to go by, the man is the crowned potentate of Bollywood.
A career spanning over 5 decades and donning of distinct hats worn with panache, is awe inspiring, to say the least. Still, he manages to retain a calm exterior. That's when you realise that he is a man at the ripe old age of 70!
The intense stardom did not come easy. It might look that way, but it didn't. Famously flunking the AIR audition, the man went on to prove THAT selection committee wrong, for sure. Eventually he has worked his way up ignoring the naysayers, believing the myth of Phoenix and internalising his father's philosophy.
Amitabh Bachchan, who has recently updated his cover photo thanking his fans on Facebook, has already got some 32,022 likes and 7,741 comments. The actor also wrote a note for fans on his page saying:
Amitabh Bachchan posted this picture on his Facebook page thanking all his fans
I come to express my grateful thanks to all that have wished me, and merely say this ..
Without you my life would have been incomplete ..
The blessings of the Almighty, the affection and care and upbringing of my parents and my family, and the deep love of my well wishers has kept me alive …
I am whatever I am today because of all the above … it has been so from the beginning, it shall remain so till the end ..
Love affection and more ..
Celebs too have been wishing the megastar on Twitter:
@SrBachchan U have been n inspiration for a billion Indians from many generations. May you continue to b the 'Forever Man'. Happy Birthday.
@SrBachchan Happy birthday. Lots of love and best wishes, always.
@SrBachchan you are and will always be my number 1 Hero. God bless you with all the good and abundance in the world. Happy Birthday Sir.
Happy B'day Mr Bachchan..you inspire excellence in craft in us younger actors, while showing how to do it with charm,humility & a dry wit!
The #B70 bash was a beautiful blend of nostalgia,reverence and legendery acknowledgement...@SrBachchan has a legacy of abundant goodwill...
Love & respect to d entire Bachchan family 4 hosting such a gracious function last night. specially JAYA aunty,everything was mesmerizing.
@SrBachchan Many Happy Returns of the Day Sir!!! This is a very special day for every Indian. A true HERO was born. My respect and love.
Happy bday @SrBachchan !!Missed the party of the decade sir but here's wishing you many many years of health and happiness..Love and regard