Amitabh Bachchan turns 80 on Oct 11; PM Modi leads wishes for superstar


Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in extending birthday wishes to megastar Amitabh Bachchan as the latter turned 80 on Tuesday. Marking Big B’s special day, PM Modi called him an actor who has enthralled and entertained audiences across generations. “A very happy 80th birthday to Amitabh Bachchan Ji. He is one of India’s most remarkable film personalities who has enthralled and entertained audiences across generations. May he lead a long and healthy life. @SrBachchan,” Modi tweeted.

Taking to Instagram, Bachchan’s daughter Shweta shared a bunch of photographs featuring her adorable moments spent with her father. In one of the images, Big B is seen holding little Shweta’s hands.

Another picture shows Bachchan as a kid, standing with his late parents Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan.

For the caption, Shweta chose to use the lyrics of Abida Parveen and Naseebo Lal’s song ‘Tu Jhoom’: “Peeda nu mai seene laavan..Te mai hasdi jaavan..Oooh, peeda nu mai seene laavan..Te mai hasdi jaavan..Dhuppan de naal lad-lad ke ve labhiya apniyan chaavan..Dukh v apne, sukh v apne, mai te bas eh jaana..Sab nu samajh ke ki karna aye..Dil nu eh samjhavan..Tu jhoom, jhoom, jhoom, jhoomTu jhoom, jhoom, jhoom, jhoom — To my grand old man Happy 80th Birthday,” she wrote.

Apart from Shweta, Amitabh’s granddaughter Navya, too, penned a heartwarming post for him on his 80th birthday.
She took a stroll down memory lane and dropped her childhood picture with her ‘nana’.

“Tu na thakega kabhi tu na rukega kabhi tu na mudega kabhi kar shapath kar shapath kar shapath agnipath agnipath agnipath.There never has, and never will be anyone like you . happy birthday nana,” Navya captioned the post.

Big B began his career with the film ‘Saat Hindustani’ in 1969. He later appeared as Dr Bhaskar Banerjee in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Anand’ (1971), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Prakash Mehra’s action film ‘Zanjeer’ (1973) established Bachchan as a star to look out for in the industry and since then he has been enthralling audiences with versatile roles.
Ahead of his 80th birthday, he came up with the film ‘Goodbye’, which is currently running in theatres. In the upcoming months, he will be seen in ‘The Intern’ remake with Deepika Padukone and ‘Project K’. He also has ‘Uunchai’ in his kitty.

People across the world have taken to social media to celebrate his birthday. Many fans even went outside his sprawling bungalow in suburban Mumbai to catch a glimpse of him.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher extended his greetings on Bachchan’s special day. He penned a heartwarming post for Amitabh on Instagram.

“Adarniya Amit ji. Janamdin ki dher sari shubhkamnaye. Prabhu apko lambi aur swasth ayu pradan kare. Aap mere lie na keval abhineta ke roop me prernatamak hai balki akhri rasta se uuncha tak aapke sath kaam krke jeevan ke alag alag pehlu ke bare me seekhne ko bhaut kuch mila. (Dear Amit ji! Wishing you a very happy birthday. May God bless you with a long and healthy life. You are an inspiration to me. I have learnt a lot from you),” he wrote.

Kher also dropped a string of images with Big B. Amitabh and Kher have worked together in films like ‘Akhree Rasta’, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’, ‘Paheli’, and ‘Mohabaatein’ among others. The two are reuniting after several years for Sooraj Barjatya’s film ‘Uunchai’, slated to release on November 11.

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