Amitabh Bachchan turns 77 on October 11, but the superstar is in no mood to celebrate his birthday this year.
“What is there to celebrate? It’s a day like any other. I’m grateful that I am still working, that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit,” he said, humbly urging his well-wishers to pray for his good health.
Big B recalled his childhood birthdays when his father, the late poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, would always compose and recite a poem for him.
“It was a family tradition. But this tradition took an entirely new definition when, after my near-fatal accident in 1984 (when he nearly lost his life after a shooting accident on the set of Coolie), my father recited a 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,” the veteran actor recalled.
Big B also said that things have changed over time, as far as birthday rituals go.
“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 It has been replaced by a plate of dry fruits,” he said.
When asked if Amitabh has any unfulfilled dream, he said, “There’re so many! I want to play the piano. I want to learn many languages. I’d have liked to work with Guru Dutt.”
Talking about if he would love to remake one of his films for himself, Big B said, “None. What was to be done was done to those films. Why not look ahead?”