Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who will be seen in a commercial with southern superstars, says he has had immense admiration and respect for actors and filmmakers of the southern film industry since the beginning of his career.
From left: Shivaraj Kumar, Prabhu Ganesan, Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhu Ganesan's son Vikram Prabhu and Nagarjuna. Pic/Yogen Shah
"My admiration for the Southern Film Industry needs no endorsement...I have had great respect for the thespians and the giants of the Industry - all of whom I had the great privilege to spend time with," Big B posted on his blog.
The 72-year-old's 1971 film "Pyar Ki Kahani" was a remake of Shivaji Ganesan's film "Kaikudhta Deivam".
"I did my first Hindi film in the South, which was a remake of a Shivaji Ganesan film 'Kaikudhta Deivam', and the amount of trouble I had during its making, not being able to even reach an inch of the work that was done by Shivaji in the original," he added.
Big B says he never stopped touching Ganesan's feet every time he met the southern superstar.
"He was paired with the extraordinary talent of Savithri his leading lady - an exceptional artist, the likes of which you never get to see nowadays," he added.