My Family is my Wonderful Gift: Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, who celebrates his 70th
birthday on Oct 11, the greatest gift ever is the intangible love of
his family - his wife, children and grandchildren, whose warmth and
affection keep him going steady in his personal and professional life.
also gives special importance to his late parents - the renowned poet
Harivanshrai Bachchan and his wife Teji. "I look forward to spending
time with my family. All the gifts and presents that I needed have
already come my way - the blessings of my parents, which I consider the
largest gift, and their presence in my life through all the upbringing
that they gave me," Amitabh told IANS in an interview at his office, Janak.
family - my wife Jaya and the two wonderful gifts that she gave me -
(son) Abhishek and (daughter) Shweta and now the bahu (daughter-in-law)
in the house, Aishwarya, and the little (granddaughter) Aaradhya... so
these are my wonderful gifts and no one can replace them," added the
his four decades in the Hindi film industry, Amitabh has grown to
become one of the most formidable names of the country, known
internationally. His active involvement in social issues, as well as
his compassionate connect to the masses through TV show "Kaun Banega
Crorepati", has given viewers and fans a window to his philanthropic
side over the years.
No wonder his milestone birthday is the talk of the town.
the celebrations were in his hands, the busy star would have wanted
some rare, quiet time with his family. But close ones of Big B want to
make it big - reportedly with a huge dinner party Oct 10, an art show,
poster exhibition and book launch on the big day.
family this time round wants to have celebration on my birthday. I have
heard that it might be celebrated on Oct 10 at night. I absolutely
don't have any idea about it and nobody is ready to disclose anything
about it (to me)," he said.
many a time, one also has to think about one's wife; so this time round
she (Jaya) has thought that there should be some celebration. So she is
only doing everything, I have not been informed about any preparations.
All I know is something is cooking," added the 69-year-old, who came to
be known as Bollywood's angry young man in the 1970s.
As a child, Amitabh says, everyone has a reason to look forward to their birthday.
though he wants to keep it simple, he doesn't want to spoil the
celebratory mood of loved ones. "I just run away from this day.
Whenever my birthday comes closer, I inform my family members not to do
anything special because I don't like it. A small and peaceful family
time is more than enough for me.
you are a kid, you enjoy birthdays not because of anything else but
because you are going to get presents and gifts. You look forward to
the time what your parents are going to give you.
as you grow older the whole concept of maturity keeps in. When I
entered films, other people were more interested in celebrating my
birthday than I was. I still feel it's another year gone by.
don't see why there should be so much fuss, but sometimes you have to
go with what friends, well wishers and family wish to do for you and
you comply with that."
That's just what the megastar would do for his special day this time.
Amitabh Bachchan spends time with his grandson.
Amitabh Bachchan with family at his mother's funeral. (Text: IANS)