Amitabh Bachchan has no ‘special’ plans for his 68th birthday. “Birthdays come and go every year. And for me, every day is special,” he says. “I’m nearing 70 now. Sometimes, my knees and other joints ache and I know that I’m growing old. But I want to continue to work for as long as my body will allow me.”
Birthday celebrations were limited to a simple havan (ceremony) at home when he was a child. “Now, I usually spend time with my family and fall in with their plans,” he says.
This year, he has a special birthday gift from Sony. KBC 4 will launch on October 11 and the channel is hosting a bash for Bachchan, who returns to the game show after six years. His family, his actor friend Rajnikanth and Team India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, among others, are expected to be present at the gala screening of the first episode.
On his blog, Bachchan has been expressing his excitement over the fact that his grandchildren, Navya Naveli and Agastya Nanda — his daughter Shweta’s kids — are with him. Nothing makes him happier than returning home to his grandkids: “They bring joy to my life. I can’t express in words how happy a grandfather feels to bring in his birthday, actually, just any day, with his grandchildren around him,” he writes.
The actor, over the last few weeks, has been extremely busy, shooting ad commercials, canning episodes for KBC 4 and ‘getting into shape’, preparing for Rajkumar Santoshi’s action thriller — Power, in which he plays a vigilante and has promised to do his stunts choreographed by a Hollywood action coordinator without a double.