Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has thanked Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates for acknowledging his contribution in helping India become polio free. The 75-year-old actor, who became the UNICEF goodwill ambassador for the polio eradication campaign in India in 2002, was praised by the entrepreneur-philanthropist for an opinion piece he wrote highlighting India's journey in becoming free from the disease for the past four years.
"Real-world superheroes rarely make the headlines. But what if that wasn't the case? A stirring piece by Bollywood actor @SrBachchan," Gates, 62, wrote on Twitter and shared the link to the story.
To this Bachchan replied that he was just the "face" of the programme and it is the countless unknown on-ground force of people who deserve the limelight for the efforts.
"Thank you Mr Gates for this acknowledgement. the worker is the one who deserves the highest award for the eradication of making India Polio free .. we may have the face and means, but the workers do the "WORK"... I salute them!" he wrote.
Thank you Mr Gates for this acknowledgement .. the worker is the one who deserves the highest award for the eradication of making India Polio free .. we may have the face and means, but the workers do the "WORK" .. I salute them !!🙏🙏— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) May 7, 2018
India was declared polio-free in 2014 by World Health Organisation (WHO)
Amitabh Bachchan was last seen '102 Not Out', which is based on writer-director Saumya Joshi's successful Gujarati play by the same name.
Produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Films India, Treetop Entertainment and Shukla's Benchmark Pictures, the film is being well recieved by the audience.
The film is about a centenarian who wants to break the world record of being the oldest man alive, which is held by a 118-year-old Chinese man. He plans to do it by putting his son in an old age home.
(With PTI Inputs)