His BigAdda.com blog already has more than 3,00,000 words, good enough for at least five books. But Amitabh Bachchan, who pens his thoughts on his online daily diary, doesn’t want to turn it into a book. “Over the years, it’s become one of my strongest means of communication with my fans. It’s direct and there is no word-limit to what my fans have to write to me or I have to write for them. It’s something I’d like to keep the way it is,” says Bachchan.
Buzz is that several publishing houses approached the actor’s office even before his reality show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), took off this year. Apparently, most of them planned to turn chunks of his blog into a book and release it on his 70th birthday next year. The actor is
currently anchoring the fifth edition of KBC on Sony Entertainment, a show that has topped TRP charts time and again. He says, “I haven’t given any permission to anyone for the book because it’s of no book value. It’s just a bunch of lovely moments from each day that passes that I share with my fans. I’d like to keep it that way for the rest of my life.”
Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt’s show Bigg Boss 5 starts this weekend. When asked if he considers any reality shows hosted by actors to be competition, Bachchan insists that although he doesn’t understand the TRP race, multiple Bollywood actors on TV is only creating ample choices for the viewers.
“Each show has its own following. When I’d taken up the first season of KBC, my detractors had run my decision down, going to the point of calling it foolish,” he says.
“Today, I’m sure with so many lovely actors on the small screen, their opinions will be different.”