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Big B's born identity

entertainment Updated: Oct 11, 2008 15:13 IST
Deepa Gahlot

Amitabh Bachchan turns 66 today. Like him, many star personalities are Librans and quite clearly demonstrate traits associated with the zodiac sign, writes Deepa Gahlot who, incidentally, is also a Libran.

Every generation of Bollywood has had at least had one major Libran star, and the 1970s and ‘80s had several.
The air sign, represented by scales, is associated with the Greco-Roman goddesses of love — Aphrodite and Venus. So many of those born under the sign of Libra (September 24 -October 23) are believed to be attractive, witty, charming, diplomatic, romantic and creative — all traits that lead to professions like acting, designing, painting and writing.

But hang on. All is not hunky dory. This is underlined by negative traits too — moodiness, frivolity, intolerance for conflict, impatience of criticism, a greed for approval, sudden temper tantrums — all as you know, are found overwhelmingly among our show biz satraps.

Some of Bollywood’s most successful and enduring stars have been Librans. Count among them Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Asha Parekh, Smita Patil, Mehmood, Simi Garewal and Sunny Deol.
According to pundits, Libra is regarded as the most desirable of zodiacal signs because “it represents the zenith of the year, the high point of the seasons, when the harvest of all the hard work of the spring is reaped.”

Librans make good spouses because of their need for harmony, and trustworthy partners, because of their sense of fair play. This is seriously debatable. Indeed, it would even seem that the traditional reign of the Libran has come to an end in Bollywood, since none of the top new generation stars belong to this zodiac sign.

Hollywood still has some hot Librans. These include Catherine Zeta- Jones (who, quite improbably shares her birthday with husband Michael Douglas), Will Smith, Alicia Silverstone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Mira Sorvino and Naomi Watts.

Some movie and music legends have been Librans. Evidence: John Lennon, Buster Keaton, Luciano Pavarotti, Charlton Heston, Julie Andrews, Sting, Sigourney Weaver and Susan Sarandon to name just a handful.
Not a showbiz figure, but he has inspired countless books, poems, movies, and plays — unarguably the greatest Libran of all time —Mahatma Gandhi.