Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s Birthday

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Today is Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. When I was growing up, Mom would take us often to the movies. Amitabh Bachchan was the first actor, who made an indelible impression on me. In fact, I was so impressed by him that I wanted to be like him! Didn’t I tell you, I am a Tom Boy? 🙂 While playing, our group would perform Bollywood dances. Whenever we would dance on the Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) title song, I would always be Anthony. I enjoyed performing that song very much.

One incident had quite a big impact on me. I was playing with some girls from the building we were staying in. I selected a couple of other girls to perform as Shabana Azmi and Neetu Singh and casually said, “I will be Parveen Babi.” One man, who heard what I said, became hyper and said, “Don’t talk about film stars, here.” I had intended to say, “I will be Amitabh Bachchan.” But, realizing that I am a girl, I changed the name of the actor to Parveen Babi. Since then, I have been wondering what he would have said if I had said, “I will be Amitabh Bachchan.”

Mom had a female friend in our building. She was dating a tall man, who is a part-time actor. He had learnt all Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogues by rote and would perform for us. This man is very affectionate to us sisters, like his sister’s daughters. Behind his back, we still call him Lamboo Uncle. 😛 Coming back to Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. Happy Birthday! And for me, you will always remain Anthony Uncle. 🙂

Bollywood and Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s Birthday

Some of my favorite 1970s popular songs picturized on him are:

Meet na mila re manka… Abhimaan (1973)

Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon… Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

My name is Anthony Gonsalvis… Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Jiska mujhe tha intezaar… Don (1978)

Kasme vaade nibhayenge hum… Kasme Vaade (1978)

Mohobbat bade kaam ki cheez hai… Trishul (1978)

Do lafzon ki hai… Great Gambler (1979)

Rimjhim gire saawan… Manzil (1979)

Pardesiya yeh sach hai piya… Mr. Natwarlal (1979)

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