Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s stardom has stood the test of time. Even at 74, Big B’s popularity remains undeterred and his daughter Shweta Bachchan has revealed the reason behind it. In an open letter to the superstar of millennium, Shweta said that it is her father’s ability to adapt to changing times that makes him relevant even for today's generation.
Big B took to his blog to share the touching letter which Shweta wrote. The daughter in beautiful words explained what makes the father a living legend.
Shweta wrote that she is asked many times what makes Big B cool but as it happens there is no secret formula for it. She wrote that it is mainly because of Big B being a prolific adaptor to changing circumstances, as simple and as difficult as that.
Ms Nanda explained that Big B doesn’t screw up his nose to the taste of music, art that the new generations have. In fact, he has adapted them and takes interest in them.
"He harbours none of the disdain age has for youth: he doesn't screw up his nose to the music, art or sartorial sensibilities of the generations that have succeeded him. In fact, he's adjusted himself to find harmony in all of it. He is never outdated, be it the newest technological fad the Apple watch, for instance or mastering social media. He's on top of it all, and he's terrific at it," Shweta wrote.
She went on to appreciate Bachchan's ability to gel around with the younger lot of Bollywood and at the same time observe and absorb their energy.
"He educates himself with what is prevalent, and that's how he remains in touch with the times. I have seen him engage with a room full of young achievers one night, over dinner, at filmmaker Karan Johar s place. He had them enthralled, but the beauty of it was that it was he who went home having learnt the most.
"...He has the discipline of his generation coupled with the ambition and energy of this one. He's a thinking man's James Bond, without the braggadocio."
The 'Pink' star has had a dream run for more than four decades in the film industry and is still going strong. Shweta defines the field of acting as 'gladiator's pit' and praises her father for surviving with his glory entact.
"His popularity has stood the test of time many smear campaigns, a brief encounter with politics (which he regrets until this day), a near-fatal accident, a greying goatee, and a change of address. His arena of work is like a gladiator's pit; it's you against the beasts, and if you manage to end the day alive then glory is yours.
"My father has done this for four decades. And he manages to stay relevant even today, working in an industry that is largely youth-based and capricious...He's gone from 'Angry Young Man' to 'Living Legend,' epithets he is shy to accept even in private, even with me."
Bachchan, who garnered applause for his performance in recently released film 'Pink,' will soon start working on Ram Gopal Varma's 'Sarkar'.
(With PTI Inputs)