'There'll never be a legend like him ever again': Love and b'day wishes pour in as Bollywood's ‘Shahenshah’ turns 77
The star also took to Twitter to thank fans and loved ones for the wishes.
With a career spanning over five decades, Amitabh Bachchan has essayed diverse roles and played a plethora of characters in his films. From tickling our funny bone with his tongue-in-cheek humour in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) to delivering hard-hitting dialogues in his signature baritone, the Big B has paved the path for actors in Bollywood and showed everyone how it’s done.
On his 77th birthday, stalwarts from the film fraternity and reputed personalities sent their best wishes to the veteran actor.
The actor’s daughter Shweta Bachchan-Nanda wrote a heartfelt Instagram post wishing daddy dearest a happy birthday. ‘When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing’, she wrote, expressing endless love for her father.
Karan Johar, who had the privilege of growing up around senior Bachchan, penned a note recalling the fond memories he had with the star.
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I was a 3 or 4 years old when I began to realise the magnitude of the man....subsequently I had the privilege of growing up around him ... I was first told I must always touch his feet as a mark of respect...but very soon after it came absolutely naturally to me...in fact it’s now a reflex action when I see him and I can never stop myself ( even when i know my pants are perhaps a tad tight and it could result in an embarrassing tear) I call him Amit uncle( with great pride...almost patting my back because I have the right to this familiarity) and he will always be like a father figure to me....I probably can never be entirely myself around him because that starstruck kid with big awestruck eyes every time he walked into a room has never ever left me...and never will...I fainted the First time I had to work him and am not sure things have changed even today...I faint a little in my head everytime I meet him and then compose myself so I can play act serious filmmaker again! Amitabh Bachchan is my hugest inspiration ...his child like enthusiasm for everything he does...his paramount passion for every tiny detail...his ambition to keep achieving after being the ambassador of achievement ...what do I say...there will never be a man and legend like him ever again! And there shouldn’t be....he has earned the place of mega movie star monopoly! Happy birthday Amit uncle! We love you so much....🙏🙏❤️❤️
Madhuri Dixit-Nene talked about the legend’s energy and enthusiasm and how inspiring she finds it.
Wishing you a very happy birthday @SrBachchan saab. Your energy & enthusiasm is inspiring! Love & warm regards.— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) 1570769983000
Ajay Devgn, who shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in films like ‘Satyagraha’ and ‘Teen Patti’, also sent in his wishes.
Wish you many happy returns of the day Amitji @SrBachchan— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) 1570771494000
Dia Mirza shared a smiling picture with the star whom she had met at a recent event and expressed how lucky she felt to witness his craft and passion.
Happy birthday Amitji @SrBachchan! So much love and respect for you. Lucky to be witness to your passion, disciplin… https://t.co/iVF5FVWEuJ— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) 1570774099000
Actor-comedian Sunil Grover, who has played Big B numerous times on the show ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ also wished the star, calling him ‘an inspiration to an entire generation’.
Wishing the Shehenshah @SrBachchan Sir a very happy Birthday . you are an inspiration to the entire generation. … https://t.co/xQWKjf1YXT— Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) 1570771368000
Wishing the legendary actor, a beautiful human being and India's Padma Vibhusan @SrBachchan saab, a very happy b… https://t.co/KzLCkzD7lW— Rajpal Yadav (@rajpalofficial) 1570772741000
Suniel Shetty described him as the epitome of grace while wishing him on his special day.
Heres wishing a very happy birthday to the man who has inspired a generation of actors with his skill, grace and pa… https://t.co/Ws2moCnwEN— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) 1570767071000
Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, called the megastar the ‘heartthrob of the nation’.
Birthday wishes to legendary icon of #Bollywood and heartthrob of the nation Shri #AmitabhBachchan Ji. May you be b… https://t.co/xJ0eP7RZ9s— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) 1570766528000
Actress and author Tisca Chopra said that the veteran actor is a mixture of humility and grace with ‘a touch of humour’.
Happy b’day #AmitabhBachchan sir .. you inspire us to face everything with humility grace & a touch of humour… https://t.co/2s2F9za24r— Tisca Chopra (@tiscatime) 1570772497000
Anu Malik’s nephew and music director Amaal Malik expressed his gratitude for being a composer in Amitabh Bachchan’s film.
Happy birthday to the living legend @SrBachchan #2k19 will be so special as it was my debut as a composer fo… https://t.co/sVxvkKkfmM— Amaal Mallik (@AmaalMallik) 1570772550000
Former member of Parliament, Amar Singh, whose relationship with the star was the talk of the town a couple of years back, also took to Twitter to wish his former friend.
Alone,depressed & in wilderness no body around except deep darkness & in that darkness one person came forward with… https://t.co/4wqEBYRhq2— Amar Singh (@AmarSinghTweets) 1570756268000
Olympic athlete and badminton star, Saina Nehwal, called the Big B the ‘Legend of Indian Cinema’.
Dear sir @SrBachchan I wish u a very happy birthday #HappyBirthdayAmitabhBachchan The Legend Of Indian Cinema https://t.co/thkXapmxRa— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1570775846000
Former Andhra Pradesh CM, N Chandrababu Naidu, also sent in his best wishes to the legend on his big day.
Wishing a very happy birthday to the Shenshah of the Bollywood, @SrBachchan ji. May you thrive continously as years… https://t.co/B45yPmvVr8— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) 1570769106000
Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik made a beautiful fan art (which is now going viral) to pay tribute to the legend.
#HappyBirthdayAmitabhBachchan Wishing the legendary actor, a beautiful human being and Social messaanger Shri… https://t.co/PMaEcPduvF— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) 1570769961000
The megastar has gone on record to talk about how he isn’t interested in birthday celebrations. However, he still sent out a tweet thanking everyone for their wishes.
T 3314 - My immense gratitude and gratefulness to them that send their wishes for the 11th .. I cannot possibly tha… https://t.co/IbVL821Nog— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1570727987000
The King of Bollywood is 77 years young and it will be interesting to see what he has in store for us in the years to come.