Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who chose to not celebrate his 75th birthday with grandeur, shared with us on his blog why he chose not to throw the grand birthday bash the world expected him to throw on crossing such a milestone in his life. He wrote, “After 75 years, you run away from it all .. there is apprehension and embarrassment of celebration .. of what expression to be worn and where .. to what must there be celebration of gift .. and the list of guests to be in proper shades of etiquette .. the care and hospitality, the personal touch of host formality, the … Many objects and lists and meetings later .. it merely succumbs to the ultimate argument .. all this for getting a year closer to the final closure.”

He added, “And today as I sit by myself in elated company of the near and the dear .. listen and read and get enveloped by the reams of praise and effects that my presence has supposedly created .. there is fear .. A fear of losing myself.” He added, “October 11 .. for years and years this date has remained with me at endless moments .. its description its presence its significance, valued and absorbed through 75 years of existence, brought great expectation and prize .. as the young we waited for the moment to arrive to wear those newly stitched clothing, that special attention, the special food and by the end of the day that party where the birthday boy would walk up to his invited guests and ask : what present have you brought for me ..? It was the ultimate innocence of those childhood years.”

Though Amitabh Bachchan planned not to celebrate his birthday, his family ensured his birthday to be a hit nevertheless. Apparently, Abhishek, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Shweta Nanda had arranged for some crackers and a huge cake to be cut, sharp at midnight. And all of this had been kept a secret from the superstar.