Bollywood wishes Amitabh Bachchan on 70th birthday
Some of the biggest stars in Bollywood came together to wish happy birthday to megastar Amitabh Bachchan on his 70th birthday today, recalling qualities that made him the "Big B" of Indian cinema.
Ramesh Sippy who directed Bachchan in 'Sholay' said Big B was a thoroughly professional actor.
"Bachchan has always been sincere and committed to work. He is a thorough professional. That is why he has lasted so long," Sippy said.
Recalling his association with Bachchan, the director said, "My association with him is for close to 40 years. My first film with him was 'Sholay' considered to be one of the greatest films of Indian cinema. I am happy to have worked (with him) in films like 'Shaan', 'Shakti' and 'Akayla'. We have always had lot of trust and understanding for each other".
Sippy's son Rohan has directed Bachchan's son Abhishek in quite a few films.
Sippy expressed his desire to work with Bachchan again. "I haven't written anything great of late to approach him with a role. The day I have a subject worthy of him I will turn to him. I want to direct him again," he said.
Actress Sridevi who worked with Bachchan in films like 'Khuda Gawah', 'Aakhri Raasta' says he has an aura around him.
"His growth has been tremendous. The kind of roles he challenged to do is something no one can do. He is just amazing," she said.
Big B played a cameo in R Balki's home production 'English Vinglish' featuring Sridevi in the lead. "It was great working with him again. Sharing screen space with him is always an honor," she said.
Recalling the shoot of 'English Vinglish', Sridevi said, "On the first day of the shoot everyone looked amazed. They all were waiting for the scene to happen. I must say he (Bachchan) still carries the aura around the moment he enters a set ...there is so much of positive energy that he carries. It was great working with him".
Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who attended Big B's birthday party last night, tweeted, "Danced with Amitji and Jaya aunty to all the songs I have grown up listening. Too much fun. Thanks Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya for the warmth." PTI