Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Here's why the superstar won't celebrate his big day

Updated: Oct 11, 2019, 09:28 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Amitabh Bachchan turns 77 on October 11 but he won't be celebrating his birthday.

The image was shared by Amitabh Bachchan on his Instagram handle
The image was shared by Amitabh Bachchan on his Instagram handle

Amitabh Bachchan turns 77 on October 11. It is customary for him to celebrate with fans and media at his residence, Jalsa, in Juhu. However, the superstar is in no mood to celebrate his birthday. Speaking to news agency IANS, Amitabh said, "What is there to celebrate? It's a day like any other. I'm grateful that I still working, that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit."

The Badla actor also recalled how his father and poet late Harivanshrai Bachchan used to celebrate his special day by penning a poem for the superstar. "It was a family tradition," the veteran actor recalls, adding: "But this tradition took an entirely new definition when, after my near-fatal accident in 1984 (when he nearly lost his life after a shooting accident on the set of 'Coolie'), my father recited my birthday poem. It was like a new life for me. While reading the poem my father broke down. It was the only time I've seen him like that."

Big B says things have changed over time, as far as birthday rituals go. "My father's poetry is much-missed, as is my mother's excitement on that day. The annual ritual of cake-cutting no longer interests me. It has been replaced by a plate of dry fruits," he says.

Last year, the Badla actor had a muted celebration due to the demise of Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who passed away due to a cardiac arrest on October 1, 2018.

On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan will next be seen in Chehre alongside Emraan Hashmi, and Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra with Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. He recently wrapped up shooting for Gulabo Sitabo where he will be seen alongside Ayushmann Khurrana for the first time.

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    Born on October 11, 1942, Amitabh Bachchan's real surname is Shrivastava. His father, acclaimed poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, had adopted the pen name Bachchan. So, the family adopted this surname. Big B was initially named Inquilaab, inspired by the phrase Inquilab Zindabad.

    Abhishek Bachchan shared this cute picture and wrote alongside, "Still the same camaraderie... I'm just a bit taller now... Ok, ok,ok and our fashion sense has evolved too (thank God!) #fathersandsons #buddiesforlife [sic]"

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    This is a rare pic of Amitabh Bachchan surrounded by the kids of the 'Bachchan' family, who came to see him when he was recuperating in the hospital. We take a look at some more pictures from Amitabh Bachchan's family album.

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    This year on August 2, Abhishek Bachchan shared this very candid picture and wrote alongside, "37 years ago in the Breach Candy hospital. My father was recovering from a near fatal accident on the sets of his film Coolie. Today- 2nd August we celebrate his second birthday as he was miraculously revived by the doctors on this day. Happy Birthday Pa! Love you. #TrueLegendsAreBornTwice [sic]"

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    A rare picture of Teji Bachchan. The little one in the picture is actor Abhishek Bachchan.

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    Amitabh Bachchan with a young Abhishek Bachchan. Junior Bachchan is a spitting image of his father, don't you think so?

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    The entire Bachchan family clan, including father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, mother Teji Bachchan, brother Ajitabh Bachchan! A rare picture shared by Abhishek Bachchan on his Instagram page.

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    A young Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan give a peck on their daddy dearest's cheeks.

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    Amitabh Bachchan poses with wife Jaya Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan at a function.

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    Another picture of the Bachchan family, including late Teji Bachchan and late Harivanshrai Bachchan.

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    Abhishek Bachchan accompanies father Amitabh Bachchan to an event in this vintage picture.

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    Three generations - Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

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    A young Jaya Bachchan looks poised and beautiful.

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    A candid moment captured! A young Abhishek Bachchan keeps company to Amitabh Bachchan.

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    Amitabh Bachchan's son Abhishek Bachchan with wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan, when she turned 1.

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    Son Abhishek Bachchan with wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and grand-daughter Aaradhya Bachchan at a recent match of their 'Jaipur Pink Panthers' team.

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    Megastar Amitabh Bachchan walks along with granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda, daughter of Shweta Bachchan Nanda.

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    Abhishek Bachchan had shared a throwback picture with his father Amitabh Bachchan and sister Shweta Bachchan.

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    Amitabh Bachchan poses proudly with his family as he receives the national award for his role in 'Pink'.

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    Abhishek Bachchan shows of his hi-end gadgets to parents Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan.

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    Amitabh Bachchan strikes a filmy pose with his better half, Jaya Bachchan.

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    Amitabh Bachchan poses with grand-daughter Navya Naveli Nanda, daughter of Shweta Bachchan.

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    Abhishek Bachchan with sister Shweta Bachchan and mother Jaya Bachchan.

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    Shweta Bachchan at a ramp show. She was the showstopper for designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.

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    Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan pose with a young fan.

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