Megastar Amitabh Bachchan Turns 79

Amitabh Bachchan has etched his name in the history of Bollywood, deeper than all actors in the industry. The ‘Angry Young Man’ of the 70s is celebrating the last year in his 70s. In addition to the massive fan following worldwide, the actor has an equally monumental following on social media. His Twitter account currently stands at 46.2 million followers. On his 79th birthday, we bring you some iconic Big B Twitter moments that cannot and should not be missed.

KBC 13: Amitabh Bachchan gets emotional as fans recite poem featuring Aaradhya, Shweta Nanda

KBC 13: Amitabh Bachchan gets emotional as fans recite poem featuring Aaradhya, Shweta Nanda
KBC 13: Amitabh Bachchan gets emotional as fans recite poem featuring Aaradhya, Shweta Nanda

Sony Entertainment Television shared a sneak peek of the Amitabh Bachchan birthday special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 13. He will turn 79 on Monday. Seated in the audience were many of his fans recreating his various looks. Some also dedicated poems to him, leaving him emotional.

One fan summed up Amitabh’s journey in a poem, which also included mentions of his family members, such as his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, mother Teji Bachchan, daughter Shweta Nanda and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan. There were also references to his iconic films, such as Sholay, Deewar, Zanjeer and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar.

Another fan recited a poem about how Amitabh stood strong against all odds and how he holds a special place in everyone’s hearts. The actor was visibly emotional and showed his gratitude with folded hands.

Amitabh made his television debut with Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2000 and has hosted all its seasons, except the third, which was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan. Last year, in a blog post, he said that when KBC first began, there were ‘so many errors’ made by him, the crew and the showrunners.

“But we used to overcome them, slowly yet surely… The duration of KBC at the time was 45 minutes, then the ad breaks to complete an hour of the show… When fluency arrived at the recordings, we would wind up the recording in real-time… 45 mins!!! That was something… Now, of course, with extended time and many other facets to the game it has started taking a lot longer,” he wrote.

Amitabh Bachchan’s Birthday Special Jukebox: 10 Iconic Songs To Take You Back In Time

Amitabh Bachchan's Birthday Special Jukebox: 10 Iconic Songs To Take You Back In Time
Amitabh Bachchan’s Birthday Special Jukebox: 10 Iconic Songs To Take You Back In Time

In a career spanning over five decades, Amitabh Bachchan has delivered many mega hits. His deep baritone voice packed a solid punch whenever he mouthed his dialogues on the screen. Though his voice and acting prowess made him stand apart from the crowd, Amitabh Bachchan’s name is also synonymous with several hit songs that have gone on to achieve cult status in Bollywood. Any playlist of Amitabh Bachchan’s songs offers something for every fan — be it the charm of the ’60s, foot-tapping rhythms of the ’70s that set the dance floor on fire even today, or the romance of the ’80s.

While some of his songs have beautifully interpreted love, others, with their Indo-Western sounds and fast-tempo, went on to become trendsetters. Though this space is too less to pick just the 10 best songs from Amitabh Bachchan’s career, we have curated the ones that instantly come to mind. Here you go:

Kabhie Kabhie (Kabhie Kabhie, 1976)

Chookar Mere Mann Ko (Yaarana, 1981)

Tere Mere Milan Ki Ye Raina (Abhiman, 1973)

Dekha Ek Khwaab (Silsila, 1981)

Rote Hue Aate Hai Sab (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, 1978)

Pag Ghungroo (Namak Halal, 1982)

O Saathi Re Tere Bina Bhi Kya Jeena (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, 1978)

Rang Barse (Silsila, 1981)

Khaike Paan Banaraswala (Don, 1978)

Mere Angne Mein (Laawaris, 1981)

Listening to Amitabh Bachchan songs is always a treat, especially when it’s his birthday. Don’t you agree? So, this is our top 10 list. Share your playlist with us in the comments below.


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