Have never understood the philosophy of waiting for a year to make a resolution: Big B

Actor Amitabh Bachchan who turns 74 today speaks to us about his birthday plans, why he doesn’t make resolutions and how his fans are his most precious ‘gifts’.

Amitabh Bachchan Updated: Oct 11, 2016 13:57 IST
Sneha Mahadevan
Sneha Mahadevan
Hindustan Times
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Actor Amitabh Bachchan says he doesn’t believe in making birthday resolutions. (Hindustan Times)

He might be turning 74 today, but there is clearly, no slowing down or stopping actor Amitabh Bachchan from dishing out superlative performances in each of his films. . Year after year, he manages to mesmerise audiences with his gritty performances. Be it playing a 12 year-old boy with progeria in Paa or 70 year old Bhashkor Banerjee in Piku, Big B manages to fit into every role with absolute ease. His last release Pink, saw him playing a lawyer who takes it upon himself to make sure justice is served to three girls after a nasty incident turns their lives upside down. While he had a party when he turned 70, this time, he will be meeting fans and spending time with family. “I complete 74 on the 11th of October and step into my 75th. I like to spend my birthday quietly, with the family, which is what I shall be doing this year as well. The most memorable gift I’ve received year after year is the presence of my parents, my immediate family, and the love and affection of my well wishers,” he says.

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A lot of people believe in birthday resolutions but Bachchan isn’t the one to wait for a special occasion to resolve to do something new. “I have never understood the philosophy, or that misguided trait of waiting for a year to make a resolution. Why must time be given to a resolve? Once you have resolved something, do it immediately, why wait! I wish to learn some languages, and to be able to play a musical instrument. And all this is already under progress,” he explains. He also recalls that for his last birthday, his granddaughter Aaradhya had gifted him a hand-made greeting card.

As we talk about birthday plans, we ask him about a piece of information we came across recently about him singing a song that would be dedicated to the martyrs of Uri attacks. “A distinguished Member of Parliament, who I met at a social event, casually mentioned that I should. There was and is no confirmation of it. But if asked, I would willingly make an attempt”, he says.

First Published: Oct 11, 2016 13:31 IST