Film stars in India are treated as very special people.And if you do know your art well and somehow make hit films then you are super special. You are on all the popular magazine covers. In many areas in the south of India film stars cut outs as big as a 6 storey house are a common sight. There are some temples also dedicated in the name of stars.
Amitabh Bachchan a tall, lanky hero of about 125 films out of which about 105 films are super duper hits, is also an idol for all. His fans span for three generations. It is not uncommon to find an 8 year old ‘s favourite film star being none other than the great Amitabh. The surprise element here is that her grandmotrher’s favourite was also Amitabh, albeit 35 years ago. Manasvi Vyas a television actor who plays the role of a character called Sona in ” Phulwa” is a steadfast fan of Mr Bachchan.
But are many other actors. So what’s the big deal? But evidently, Mansavi’s idol worship goes a step ahead. For the pretty television actress almost worships Big B, calling him her god. Manasvi feels Amitabh is a complete package – a good hearted person, a fabulous actor and last but not the least a very down to earth super star. “He is just an ideal guy for every girl, he doesn’t drink and he is always high on his passion for work.
People in Kolkata consider the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan as God and they have even established temple in south of Kolkata a big metropolitan city in eastern India. When Amitabh Bachchan was hospitalised in 2008 after a film shooting incident, his fans performed a ‘yagna’ (holy fire ritual) for his good health at the Kalighat temple. Kolkatans consider Bachchan their son-in-law because the actor is married to a Bengali actress named Jaya Bachchan who started her career in the Bengali film industry in the 1960s.
No one is perfect but I feel that it is out of place here to mention that after Amitabh Bachchan leaves this mortal world there will be more stories of his miracles, about his goodness and soon there will be temples all over India and abroad with Indians praying with folded hands asking the great departed soul to perform miracles on them, just as he did in his films, forgetting the hard work that the great actor put in to be in the position he is in today
. There is no one as perfect as Amitabhji,” smiles Manasvi, talking about her idol, all of whose films she has seen and can watch over and over again. Her co-stars on the sets keep reminding her she should sing the song “Tuj Mein Rab diktha Hai Yaara mein Kya Karu” for her Amitji. The song means that “I can see God in you so what should I do”. All over India it appears that the same song for Amitji is echoing. Meanwhile Mr Amitabh Bachchan is still acting in movies and running to the bank with money. Temple notwithstanding.