Big B celebrates 65th birthday

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Mumbai, Oct 11: Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan ushered in his 65th birthday today. Even as movie and news channels have made his birthday into a big event in recent years airing his blockbuster movies and asking viewers to SMS their 'birthday wishes' to the megastar, Amitabh himself chose to keep a low profile spending the day in 'Jalsa', his home in suburban Mumbai.

Big B, as he is fondly called, chose to take a day off from his shooting schedule. But, he went to gymnasium near his house in the morning. Fans and the media started gathering outside his residence since morning in the hope that the actor would oblige his fans and make an appearance.

The year gone by has been a mixed year for the actor just like the movie he acted in a few years ago -- 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham'.

The marriage of his only son actor Abhishek to reigning actress Aishwarya Rai and getting a national award for his performance in 'Black' were the highpoints of this year.

Amitabh was seen in films like 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom', 'Eklavya' 'Nishabd' and 'Aag', a remake of Sholay in which he played the role of legendary Gabbar Singh essayed by late Amjad Khan in the original.

All the three films sank without a trace at the box office and the actor received a lot of flak for making an appearance in 'Jhoom..' in an atrocious outfit for the title song and also accepting the role of a 60-year old man falling in love with a 18 year old girl in 'Nishabd'.

Besides, his problems with Income Tax department and governments of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra for purchasing agriculture land by declaring himself as a farmer continued throughout the year.

At present, Amitabh is shooting for Ravi Chopra's 'Bhootnath' and has completed the shooting of Ramgopal Varma's 'Sarkarraj' in which he stars with son Abhishek and daughter in law Aishwarya Rai. In addition to this, he has also completed the dubbing of bhojpuri film 'Gangotri' produced by his make-up man Deepak Sawant.


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