Span of 75 years of Amitabh Bachchan’s life is the finest example of the saying, “What’s meant to be will always find its way.” People’s knowledge of even the minutest details of one’s life makes them celebrities. However, it is not easy to draw motivation out of someone else’s life even if you think you know them.
In his five decade-long career as an actor, Big B has brought alive several sketched on-screen, but his simultaneous off-screen life has seen no less crests and troughs than a fictional character. More than any of his popular movie characters, happenings in his personal life and his composed efforts to overcome all the odds is what makes him the star of the millennium.
As we continue to celebrate witnessing the legendary era of Amitabh Bachchan, here are five qualities that make him a larger than life superstar:
Leave No Stone Unturned
Hardwork has no substitute and this applies to everyone irrespective of the skillsets they possess. Even when Big B was not established as an actor, he had tried every possible avenue and approached every accessible individual for work. Noted radio presenter Ameen Sayani had disclosed in an interview that he had rejected Amitabh Bachchan for the job of a radio presenter years ago. Despite being rejected at All India Radio, Big B approached producers for a role in movies. Had he not done all the hard work and held on to hope, we would have surely missed on all his memorable movies.
I want to perform and be tested; I want the vibrant energy of the younger generation of directors and actors to rub off on me.
Going The Extra Mile
Approaching producers for acting assignments even after being turned down as a radio presenter was an experiment. Playing the character of a romantic poet at a time when entire India loved his angry young man roleplay was a bigger experiment. Hosting TV show at a time when television was considered a very insignificant medium in comparison to the silver screen was risking it all. Big B has always gone the extra mile to experiment achieve never before success.
Life is a blur when one is essaying different roles; it is so fulfilling.
Keep Learning All The Time
Big B has shown the ability to learn and mould himself with the changing times. And thus he is perhaps the only actor to have remained a superstar for this long.
I think no actor should be ever satisfied because there is always something new to do, something fresh to get challenged by.
Never say die attitude
From smaller setbacks like rejection to bigger setbacks like health issues and financial crisis. Big B has always had the never say die attitude with him. His attitude did not change even when he faced a life-threatening injury while shooting for a movie. He not only recovered to complete the movies, but also displayed unparalleled courage to keep working in variety of areas.
I’d like to believe that tomorrow is another challenge for me. I’m sure there is lots more for me to do, because there is lots and lots of stuff still to be explored.
Never Ending Thirst For Success
At every juncture if his life, Big B not only succeeded but also established a new milestone of success for many others to follow. He has never believed in any limits for success and displayed extraordinary thirst for newer achievements in whatever he did.
Frankly I’ve never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an ‘icon’, ‘superstar’, etc. I’ve always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.
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