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MiDDAY Photo Editor and Big B's biggest fan on his idol

Over the years, I have literally grown up watching my hero from close quarters. In fact, my choice of profession had a lot to do with my admiration for him. 

Incidentally, my very first photography assignment was to click Aishwarya Rai — who was to become Big B’s future bahu — at Mumbai airport on her return from South Africa after winning the Miss World crown. 

 

Amitabh Bachchan
With Abhishek Bachchan at a fashion show

Amitabh Bachchan
At the shoot of Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap at Lokhandwala


Sprucing up Big B’s wax work at a city hotel

I also was the only photographer who managed to capture Amitabh lighting his dad Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s funeral pyre. On receiving the picture, Big B sent me a hand-written note of appreciation. I hold that note very close to my heart. On the wonderful occasion of his birthday, I can only say, “I love you, Amitji!”  

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