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.
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!”