New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Sep 18, 2019-Wednesday



Select city

Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Other cities - Noida, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal , Chandigarh , Dehradun, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Amitabh Bachchan feels he got Star of the Millennium tag because of a computer error

Amitabh Bachchan says he finds tags like Star of the Millennium tag embarrassing.

bollywood Updated: Feb 08, 2019 17:55 IST

Indo Asian News International
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an event.
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an event.(PTI)

Amitabh Bachchan finds it embarrassing to be tagged as the Star Of The Millennium, saying the title came his way due to a computer error perhaps, and insists he is just an "ordinary artiste".

It was in 1999 when the BBC honoured him with the title after an online survey, but Amitabh recalls it was his co-actor Govind Namdev, who told him of the news.

"But I never believed in it... There is one secret behind it. The BBC News, which conferred the honour on me, conducted an online survey where they asked people to vote for an actor whom they thought was the most popular in last 100 years. And because of that online survey thing, some votes came my way and I feel it's a computer error and there is no truth behind it."

"I feel so embarrassed when people label me with these tags. I am an ordinary artist and people who are sharing this platform with me are great as today I am so much inspired by their thoughts."

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Govind Namdev at a book launch programme in Mumbai.
Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Govind Namdev at a book launch programme in Mumbai. ( IANS )

The 76-year-old thespian was addressing the media at actor-turned-author Namdev's book launch titled Madhukar Shah Bundela along with Ram Gopal Bajaj, Satish Kaushik and Chandraprakash Dwivedi on Thursday.

Talking about Namdev, Amitabh said: "The first time he met me was on a film set he was playing a negative role. Apart from being a great artist, he is fond of his nation, his native Bundelkhand and writing," he said.

Also read: Abhishek Bachchan celebrates birthday with Aishwarya and Aaradhya, Amitabh Bachchan joins in

Namdev and Amitabh have shared screen space in Sarkar Raj, and when the former contacted him for his book launch, he could not refuse.

On the silver screen, Amitabh will next be seen in filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh's Badla and director Nagraj Manjule's Jhund.

Follow @htshowbiz for more

First Published: Feb 08, 2019 17:52 IST