Now that it is Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th birth day, there is an all out frenzy through out the country (nay, even the world is included) and all sections of people are rejoicing it in an ample measure. We had some residual glimpses of the way the entertainments were managed in good olden days, when nautanki, considered to be the first of the sort of an enjoyment at the public level after it came out of the royal palaces where courtesans used to perform for rajas and maharajas only, was the solitary source of entertaining the people. Silent movies followed. And then came full fledged cinema. The actors working for cinema started getting some respect as against the earlier image of their predecessors, who were looked upon with a sort of disdain and as such they were called nachaniyas (dancers in the streets, villages and mohallas). Cinema became a dignified version of earlier modes of entertainments.
No body might have ever thought that the Cinema, the revised version of nautanki, may some day produce entertainers as artists assuming the status of celebrities like Dilip Kumar, Devanand, Ashok Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and the like, and above all Amitabh Bachchan, a living legend of the present era. One has to admit that he is the one just distinctly different from others. He is a good man, a good husband, a loving father and father inlaw. The way he served his father Haribansh Rai Bachchan and mother Teji Bachchan is an example in itself for the current generation of the children to follow. A heart throb of millions, he behaves himself as a common man when in the company of commoners. No ego, no over acting, no show business, and nothing sort of any non-sense from which many of his colleagues in his line of work suffer. It’s a great poet in him when he is required to perform as such, and so are the other roles where he most capably projects himself as a real one instead of just as an actor. He respects every body –a friend, a foe or an adversary. Man of the masses, he is popular in every nook and corner of the country. Big stars have normally been looking at small screen (TV) with a feeling as if it is some thing too low to befit their status, but he was the one who created a storm when he accepted to be a campier to ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. These programmes were not only repeated times and again throughout the world, but there had to be several versions of it produced one after the other. These productions were there keeping in mind Amitabh Bachchan alone, and no body else. Stars of the status and stature of Amitabh Bachchan are born once on earth in thousands of years. Let all of us wish him a very very happy birth day repeating the oft quoted lines like ‘Tum jiyo hazaron saal, saal ke din hon pachas hazar’.