Every generation has their favourites, personalities that speak a global language that connects each and everyone. Amitabh Bachchan is my favourite and always has been for as long as I can remember. He was probably the first actor whose movie I ever watched, he is the reason I’m passionate about movies in general as well.

My first memory of an Amitabh Bachchan instance is when I don’t even know how young I was. It was a working day and my dad, who would always be away at work, was at home during the day. It was my school holidays and the night before, my dad got the brand new VHS of TOOFAN and he said let me show you this movie. I remember he set up the VCR and put in the movie and we watched it together with me sitting on his lap for the entirety of it all. Two great feelings I felt that time, one I love my father being at home with me and second that whoever this actor was on my small television screen was the best ever!

My mother tells my story to anyone who has a working pair of ears that how I use to watch TOOFAN and AJOOBA and AGNEEPATH on VHS back to back every single day and every waking hour and did that for one of my entire summer vacations. That’s how obsessed I was of Amitabh Bachchan, that’s how much I worshiped him. I didn’t know if he was a good actor or not, but I knew that this man could do nothing wrong.

Obviously over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate more of Mr. Bachchan’s work, old and new, he has remained constant in my movie watching experience for the 30 years of my life. I’ve been honoured to speak to the great actor on numerous occasions and even been in the same room with him N number of times but I always feel like I’m meeting or speaking to him for the very first time.

I don’t think any other actor has had that kind of influence on me and barring him and my father I don’t think anyone else would ever also.

Happy birthday sir, we have tried to come out with an issue dedicated to you, hope you like it!

The poise and demeanour in which he handles himself is an example for one and all. Trade Magazine