Amitabh Bachchan on birthday: “What is there to celebrate?”

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Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan has turned 77 but apparently, the actor is planning to have a quiet celebration.

He was cited in the Deccan Chronicle saying, “What is there to celebrate? It’s a day like any other day. I’m grateful that I’m still working and that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit.”

Bachchan also shared memories of his childhood birthdays, when his father Harivanshrai Bachchan would write and recite a poem for him. He said, “It was a family tradition, but this tradition took an entirely new definition after my near-fatal accident in 1984 (Bachchan nearly lost his life after a wrongly aimed punch in his solar plexus while shooting Manmohan Desai’s Coolie) my father recited my birthday poem. It was like a new life for me. While reading the poem, my father broke down. It was the only time I’ve seen him like that.”

He further added, “My father’s poetry is much-missed, as is my mother’s excitement on that day. The annual ritual of cake-cutting no longer interests me. It has been replaced by a plate of dry fruits.”

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