Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has come along way since he started his acting career, but despite delivering many big hits, he still remains humble enough to find it embarrassing to be tagged as the Star Of The Millennium. While addressing the media at the launch of actor-turned-author Govind Namdev’s book Madhukar Shah Bundela, Amitabh said that he is just an ordinary artiste and the honour bestowed on him must have been due to a computer glitch.
Big B recalled that it was his co-actor Govind Namdev, who had told him that he was Star Of The Millennium, a title that the BBC had honoured him with in 1999 after an online survey, and he had refused to believe it.
“But I never believed in it… There is one secret behind it. The BBC News, which conferred the honour on me, conducted an online survey where they asked people to vote for an actor whom they thought was the most popular in last 100 years. And because of that online survey thing, some votes came my way and I feel it’s a computer error and there is no truth behind it,” he explained.
“I feel so embarrassed when people label me with these tags. I am an ordinary artist and people who are sharing this platform with me are great as today I am so much inspired by their thoughts,” he stated.
The 76-year-old thespian, who was at the book launch with Ram Gopal Bajaj, Satish Kaushik and Chandraprakash Dwivedi, went on to talk about Govind, who he had shared screen space with in Sarkar Raj.
“The first time, he met me was on a film set he was playing a negative role. Apart from being a great artist, he is fond of his nation, his native Bundelkhand and writing,” he said.
On the work front, Amitabh will next be seen in Badla, a movie directed by Sujoy Ghosh and which will also star Taapsee Pannu. He will also be starring in Brahmastra, a fantasy film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji.