Bollywood News, National (Mumbai), May 4:- The world knows him as Bollywood’s “Shahenshah”, but he prefers to be known as the son of late eminent poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he has been in public life from the day he was born but has no legacy of his own to leave behind.
The actor, who has successfully transitioned from Bollywood’s “Angry young man” to its “Shahenshah” to its most globally known ambassador during his over four-decade-old career, says his father’s “public presence is far greater than” his.
“It is coming on to 50 years in public life… That is as far as I am personally concerned… But I have been in public life from the day I was born. I was always the son of Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, an eminent poet, litterateur, having a public presence far greater than mine,” Amitabh said.
“I have no legacy… My father’s legacy is what I am interested in, and I shall try always to further it.”
Amitabh has time and again penned his feelings and thoughts about his bond with his father in his elaborate blogs. Earlier this year, he had also expressed displeasure over the stipulation in the copyright law which allows exclusive rights to heirs of original literary work for 60 years after the author’s death.
The 75-year-old, who also enjoys reciting his father’s works, especially “Madhushala” at public events, hopes he has passed on his father’s wisdom to his son and actor Abhishek.
“Memories of my father and time spent with him are personal… But, yes lessons learnt from him would certainly be passed on to Abhishek,” added Big B.
Asked how these were being passed on to the grandchildren, Amitabh said: “These are family oriented. Each family has their own conduct and behaviour, and they are executed in a manner where the next generation continues the legacy of the past. One prays and hopes that this temperament continues for posterity too.”
Amitabh started his journey in showbiz as one of the seven protagonists in “Saat Hindustani”, and then went on to feature in the Rajesh Khanna-starrer “Anand”. But once he got noticed in 1973 with “Zanjeer”. there was no looking back.
Some remember him as the towering lead in films like “Deewar”, “Zanjeer”, “Don” and “Sholay”; some appreciate his work in “Black”, “Paa” and “Piku”, and some just love to watch him bring characters of myriad shades alive on the silver screen and the small screen. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).