India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

The phenomenon called Amitabh Bachchan


Twitter is abuzz with the spirit of festivity, and here’s why: It is Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th birthday.

One of the few people who can be described as a superstar, the ‘Big B’ is one of the greatest actors India has seen, and (I dare say) one of the few who does not need an introduction almost anywhere in the world.

I have not come across anyone who does not know who Bachchan is, or not familiar with his famous dialogues from Deewar, Sholay and Agneepath.

The man brims with charisma and the success of television show Kaun Banega Crorepati is testimony to that. Bachchan has hosted this show since 2000 with the exception of the third season, when actor Shah Rukh Khan sat on the coveted ‘hot seat’ but failed to evoke a similar response from the audience.