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Friday's Connector of the Day: Amitabh Bachchan

November 19th, 2009
05:28 PM ET

Amitabh Bachchan rose to fame in the early 1970s as one of the hot new faces of Bollywood and has since become one of the elder statesmen of Indian cinema, having won many major awards in his long career.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/09/art.bachchan.afp.gi.jpg caption="Amitabh Bachchan receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival in 2009."]

As well as being an actor, Bachchan has also worked as singer, film producer and as a television presenter. He was also elected as a member of the Indian parliament from 1984 to 1987.

His career has not been without controversy: two years amid local elections in Uttar Pradesh he made a film in support of the Mulayam Singh government but his own party lost heavily in the elections.

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  1. khalid

    Do you think what you achieved is worth for your life. what major projects you want to focus in future other than showbiz or you contant on being a showbiz projects. what you think of life and death.

    November 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  2. Diptesh

    Mr. Bachchan, With all respect to your creativity, talent and enormous energy, I feel that you are a living legend & inspiration to all fellow Indians. Your career and personal life had gone through very tough times; How have you handled or overcome those to continue your creativity in same manner ? What is your thought on taking up some roles for Hollywood movies to show the world your versatile talent ?

    November 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  3. Dinesh

    Title = Nepotism in Bollywood


    You (Mr. AB) are most admired for rising to fame and making it without nepotism. How do you feel about nepotism stifling Bollywood talent now ?

    November 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  4. Amir

    I used to love Amithabachan as an actor; he was my favorite growing up in late 70's and early 80's. I remember getting glued to the TV every time his movies came up
    However, lately, there is an arrogant aura about him that has ticked me off. Especially, rumors surrounding his son’s wedding that he did not invite any Muslims to the wedding, not only Muslims were not invited, but the police was instructed to keep them at a certain distance in order to keep the negative vibes away. Even though we Muslims are a sizable minority in India– second largest Muslim population in the world, but we are more than well represented in Bollywood. What a racist and perfect demonstration of cast system that is still alive, kicking and flourishing in India

    November 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  5. Mrs. Zaman

    Mr. Bachchan, Where do you see the film industry's influence in social and political venues moving? Should the industry be trying to influence the movie-going public or should they remain neutral? Is it possible to really be neutral? Should the industry do more toward preserving the Indian culture rather than following – or even jumping ahead – of Western culture? Thank you, Mrs. Zaman

    November 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  6. Vinod

    Do you think Bollywood can or should move away from making movies that are love story-centric productions with mandatory song-and-dance sequences, and become something with a truly international appeal like Hollywood cinema?

    November 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  7. Waseem

    What is the most embarrassing moment that you faced during a movie shooting.

    November 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  8. Bhaskar Gollapudi

    Do you think that acting as a profession really adds value to a person ? What are the downsides of this profession ? Do you think spending millions of dollars of making movies is justified when a major section Indian populace dont have basic health and education ? What do you personally want to do if you could be the prime minister of India ?

    November 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  9. Manish Chaturvedi

    Dear Amitji,

    I am a big fan of yours since my childhood and saw most of your movies. I would like to ask you:
    1. How do you motivate yourself whenever you come across a big failure or problem?
    2. What motivates you to perform better and better and reach new heights?

    I believe your answers will help many people in their life.

    Wishing you a bright future in Hindi Cinema... better than what you have achieved so far!

    Manish Chaturvedi

    November 9, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  10. Tom

    This movie start make crazy money but What i never understood is how they don't believe giving anything back to community. To be on news they'll pose for Camera w/ one poor child on street or make movie to motivate other people. But in real life they live in their Bubble. People in India worship him like a god. But all this god knows is to smile and pose for the camera

    November 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  11. Diptesh Ghosh

    What are the greatest and lowest moments in your career ? Have you come across performing your dream role or it is yet to come ? Is there any director (in the world) you want to act in his/her movie ? How come you did not work with Satyajit Ray ?

    November 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  12. Rajeev

    How does it take to become a successful , high performing actor? How do they do which average actors never do?

    November 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  13. Paul Korang

    I enjoyed watching "Sholay" when you watch your old films how do you feel?Like-"Deewar","Trisul","the Great Gambler",e.tc

    November 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  14. Duvall

    Of all your father's poetry, which one is your personal favorite?

    November 9, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  15. Munjal Kamdar

    Amitabh Bachchan is the most prolific actor in the world, period. Very few superstars have the longevity of Amitabh plus the ability to play so many roles in so many movies. His popularity across all age groups is amazing. A true super star who ranks right up there, globally. After all the Indian sub continent along with Middle East, Far East and portions of Africa and North America (regions where Hindi movies are popular) represent about 30% of the world population!

    November 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  16. Ronnie

    Hi ! My name is Ronnie and I am a New Yorker, I am a very big fan of Indian movies. I have watched all of Mr.Bachchan,s movies. My question to Mr.Bachchan is who are his favourite actors Internationally and domestically meaning in India and in America.

    November 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  17. Ola Ajiborode

    Why didn't he make dvd of those nice movies he made in the 70's and 80's, so that we may buy them for keep.

    November 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  18. Ola Ajiborode

    Why didn't he make DVD of those nice movies he made in the 70's and 80's, so that we his fans can buy for keep.

    November 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  19. ejemen

    are u interested in going further into a more challenging political position in india? Secondly how excited where you;u should be,when the most adorable ashi became a member of ur family.

    Sent on a phone using T9space.com

    November 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  20. Derek Pais

    Mr Bachchan,

    I am originally from Mangalore but in Boston now for over a decade.

    I have three questions :

    a) What efforts are made by Bollywood to promote movies in the west ? Most people are ignorant of what happens beyond the border and balk when said that Bollywood produces more movies than Hollywood?

    b) Since your son married Aishwarya, have you made attempts/ learnt to speak Tulu?

    c) What was your reaction to the religious violence a year ago in your Daughter-in Law's hometown of Mangalore? which happens to be mine to.



    November 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  21. Solo

    I really don't have any question but I enjoyed Amitah movies when I was coming up .Eventhough I haven watch indian movie in a while I still remember Don, Kalia, Gerarftar, Nastic, Anthar Kanoon, Mukadar Kasikandar...just to mention a few. I was just wondering, why did he stop acting? What happend to other actors like Amjad Khan?

    November 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  22. Ali Afshar

    Dear Amitabh,

    How do you rate your visit to Afghanistan in 1980s for your film Khuda Gawah? How did you fidn find the people by then?

    November 9, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  23. Javed Munawar

    Hello to the great not only great but the one of the greatest actors of the world.Sir i like your movies specialy the movies which has moral values or the movies which give something to people that they go to learn it and try to adopt your sayings but these should be always positive and good.Oh sorry i forgot that you are only an actor not a script writer.And according to my thinking an actor acts just on the demand of script writer or film director or maybe producer.Its mean that there is no difference between an actor and a jolker or a trained monkey(sir please dont mind my meaning is not that you are a monkey but you came on programme for comments so these are my comments according to my knowledge and my thinking it may be wrong or right)I think it a very heavy task to perform according to saying of others either they will be my boss or my elder,so for my thinkings are like these as i described above.
    Movies or motion pictures or any other electronic media programmes play a very big role(maybe a vital or major role)to build the career or grow the thinkings of a person in our countries like india and pakistan where most of the population are uneducated.Most of the people either boys or girls try to adopt the shape of the film actors and try to act like them.In such conditions there is a big responsibility on your shoulders to give the people a good lesson through your movies.
    now something about your acting.Realy you are agreat actor i think there will be not any movie of your which i have not seen.You are tremendous in all roles.
    I have not more words to say about you or about the role of an reasonable actor or directors or producers or other parteners who play a big role when a film goin to complete.
    Again i say that i have no more words to say about you but there is too much inside me which i want to say.hope you will be come again on the programme and may i will contact you again.
    Let me allow please
    Best Regards

    November 9, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  24. Mohammed Ben Idriss

    Peace Be upon On those Who Follow Guidance,
    I grew up as a muslim child in Morocco. And as a big fan of your acting genius skills, i must tell you that i watched your film co starring Dharmendra in SHOLAY as many as fifteen times. I was very poor and i had to work in child labour to earn my money to watch your films. Today I am 45 years old and i have more sense than i used to be when i was a child. Mr Bachachan : I know you follow the Hindu religion and my question to you : Is it not time for you to read The Quran and seek the truth you never helped to find in your movies? Many thanks CNN for this greatest opportunity to connect with my childhood Hero.

    November 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  25. Rumi Kabir

    Can you speak Bangla fluently?
    Do you like 'Hilsha Fish' fry (Bangalis one of the favorite dish)?

    November 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  26. Rick C.

    Mr. Bachchan, congratulations on your Lifetime Achievement Award....well deserved!!! I'm extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to grow up watching your movies (and of course collecting all your greatest hits along the way!). I admire you not only for your great versatility as an actor but also for the passion, sincerety and hard work you've put into a long, stable and wonderful career......day in and day out. Thank you for entertaining us and sharing this gift of yours with us!

    I do have a few questions for you. What are some of your most cherished memories of working in your earlier movies (70s-80s)? I mean which do you believe led to turning points in your career/life? Who were the greatest influences of your career?

    Here's one off-topic....you have been married for a long time...so as a father what advice did you give Abhishek when he got married? :o)

    Thank you for taking time out of a busy schedule to answer some of these questions. I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing many more of your current and future movies! Great to see you on CNN and I also hope you are able to work in a mainstream Hollywood movie that displays your talents to the American audiences.

    Rick C.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  27. Mohammad Moinuddin

    Does your government treat the Bangladeshi people as human? If they do how come BSF kill a boy of 12 and do not hesitate to open fire on sleeping mom and child along the border.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  28. Ambarish Dash

    You are a much adored actor .You are also a highly sensitive and much respected person. However, your forays to Samajwadi party politics have not been popular moves. Do you get in to messy politics due to your personal commitments to certain political persons disregarding the fact that your admirers do not approve of it.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  29. Lim Chin Tong

    Looking at the Hollywood movies of the past, which role would you have liked to have played?

    November 9, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  30. Dr Akhilesh

    Dear Mr Bachchan –


    In your long and illustrious life and career you must have had many life changing moments and experiences.

    Could you choose the one that was truly "life-defining" for you and share with us the reasons why you felt so.

    Dr Akhilesh

    November 9, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  31. Champa Chaudhary

    If you have given choice to move to America and work in Hollywood movies, would you consider it?

    November 9, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  32. sunanda

    does he miss his romatic days with the actress Rekha and does he ever feel like establishing contact with her?

    November 10, 2009 at 12:06 am | Reply
  33. sunanda

    does he miss his romatic days with the actress Rekha and does he ever feel like establishing contact with her again?

    November 10, 2009 at 12:07 am | Reply
  34. Michael

    Do you have regrets you have not made greater inroads into Hollywood?

    November 10, 2009 at 12:53 am | Reply
  35. BS

    When Raj Thackeray labelled you as a traitor(or something of that order), instead of going with your beliefs and fighting against it you kinda surrendered (in an amicable way ofcourse), which i respect cuz a verbal slanging match with that retard is way below your dignity. However, wouldnt you think with your following and public standing you should have come out in support of normal mumbaikars who are sick to death of this crap abt 'marathi manoos' which ppl like Raj thackerays dont give two hoots about since its all for political gain.
    Dont you think its about time indian politics got over this shallow idealism, this divide and rule policy and someone with power, money and mass following come out against these leeches and show ppl their true colors. Do you think it could be you or politics is not your arena??

    November 10, 2009 at 1:19 am | Reply
  36. Richard Juman

    Why did you buy land that was earmarked for poor farmers?

    November 10, 2009 at 1:37 am | Reply
  37. kul P.

    Amitabh jee,

    May be people expect a lot from you.
    But your talk with Komal Khan from Big Boss was very sad and desperate when he was out of house. You did not ask questions which were supposed to ask.
    Big Boss was not even in mood of throwing him out if the players were not decided to leave the house next morning. For small things other members were sent to jail.

    It seemed to all viewers that he was a rich guy but that is not the category for excuse.

    He was abusing and insulting members and made tense and scary situation in the house. He threw bottle to Rohit without any reason. And you did not bother to ask him why he threw bottle whereas he has not done any thing.
    Your all questions to him were not very important to the viewers. It was just periphery not concerned kind of questions to him.
    On the contrary you thanked him out of topic for his good hinking of good relation of Hindu and Muslim.

    November 10, 2009 at 1:50 am | Reply
  38. kul P.

    May be people expect a lot from you.
    But your talk with Komal Khan from Big Boss was very sad and desperate when he was out of house. You did not ask questions which were supposed to ask.
    Big Boss was not even in mood of throwing him out if the players were not decided to leave the house next morning. For small things other members were sent to jail.

    It seemed to all viewers that he was a rich guy but that is not the category for excuse.

    He was abusing and insulting members and made tense and scary situation in the house. He threw bottle to Rohit without any reason. And you did not bother to ask him why he threw bottle whereas he has not done any thing.
    Your all questions to him were not very important to the viewers. It was just periphery not concerned kind of questions to him.
    On the contrary you thanked him out of topic for his thinking of good relation of Hindu and Muslim.

    November 10, 2009 at 1:50 am | Reply
  39. iva

    i watched your movie since childhood. i was wondered why you have a lot of fans. by looking your appearance, you were not handsome.

    November 10, 2009 at 1:53 am | Reply
  40. Faiyaz

    What has been your biggest personal obstacle and how did you overcome it?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:08 am | Reply
  41. Nayaz Noor

    Dear Amitabh Bachchan,

    I'd love to see you enact in comedies. Chupke Chupke was a movie i really enjoyed. Why do we lack good comedy scripts?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:24 am | Reply
  42. Sandra

    I am from South America (Dominican Republic) and I am a big fan of Indian movies.
    How is the relationship between your wife and Ashwaria (not sure if that is the correct spelling). Do they get along well?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:25 am | Reply
  43. Sai Maddali

    Hello Mr. Bachchan! I am a great fan of you. I have a question that I always wanted to ask you. What is it that you really hate about bollywood? There has to be something that you must be against and what is it?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:41 am | Reply
  44. roshan daryanani

    What do you enjoy eating?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:48 am | Reply
  45. Nalinesh Arun

    Isn't it time that Indian filmmakers started making films that show India's achievement past and present? Not frothy attemps like Ashoka and potboilers but a real attempt to show the world what a great culture we have?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:50 am | Reply
  46. Anis

    He was, he is and he will be a darn good actor. He deserve Lifetime Achievement Award. I always think his best performance was in film (KALA PATHAR). May be I'm wrong but that film is my all time favorite.

    November 10, 2009 at 2:59 am | Reply
  47. Anant Akinchan

    Indian politics is afflicted with quite a few malaises. some of them can be attributed to the quality of candidates that are fielded by political parties. You have been closely associated with a political party for quite some time. because of obvious reasons, this cannot be fixed unless all major political parties agree to some kind of unwritten code. Do you think they will ever be far sighted enough to make that a reality?

    November 10, 2009 at 3:26 am | Reply
  48. Mucha

    Mr Bachchan,

    After the Miss world pageant that you and your company hosted in Bangalore, the proceeds were supposed to be donated to charity. The charity (forget the name, but it was supposed to be for the blind children) did receive a cheque from you, but it bounced. Your company subsequently announced bankruptcy.

    If that was indeed the case, why did you and your company hand out the cheque in the first place?

    I have very high regard for your acting skills and have enjoyed a lot of your movies.


    November 10, 2009 at 3:33 am | Reply
  49. anubhav saxena

    which of your two roles viz. playing teacher for deaf & dumb in BLACK or playing 12 yr old in a 60 year old body in PAA, was more challenging (physically as well as emotionally ) ?

    November 10, 2009 at 3:57 am | Reply
  50. Dharmalingam

    Why does Bollywood discriminates people based on their their looks? All the hero and heroins are selected based on their looks and family connections.......this is disgusting. Only "beautiful" people can be hero.

    November 10, 2009 at 4:00 am | Reply
  51. ashark

    srk is the leading man in bollywood today. How is your equation with him, especially since you did not invite him to your son's wedding?

    November 10, 2009 at 4:00 am | Reply
  52. albina nom

    were you aware of a generation of people who grew up on your movies in the former USSR?

    November 10, 2009 at 4:12 am | Reply
  53. Jide

    Thanks for giving me a memorable childhood in Nigeria ...

    November 10, 2009 at 4:14 am | Reply
  54. Andrew

    He is the film superstar followed by more than a billion people in more than 100 countries. His life is a blessed one. He has achieved almost everything that a man can aspire to in the last 60+ years. What does he want to achieve now in the next decade?

    November 10, 2009 at 4:17 am | Reply
  55. Dr. Atul Dewan

    What, in your opinion, have been your greatest personal and professional failures?

    November 10, 2009 at 4:20 am | Reply
  56. Zulfiyasin

    Hello Sir,
    I am one of your billion fans.
    I have loved all your roles, but still I would love to know from you about your worst role? A role/movie which you would not want to do again?

    Keep going sir, we love you.

    November 10, 2009 at 4:33 am | Reply
  57. Andy Kulkarni

    (Wow! ) What next?

    November 10, 2009 at 4:37 am | Reply
  58. David Chen

    Hi Mr. Bachhan,
    I watched your movie since I was a child. I am curious what is that element that keep you passionate in acting.

    November 10, 2009 at 4:46 am | Reply
  59. Tara

    Amitabh Bachchan is a living legend and his contribution to Indian cinema is unmatched. For four decades, he has enthralled audiences globally and is an awesome ambassador for Indian cinema. His voice, command over both English and Hindi, are spectacular.

    My question...When do you see Indian cinema making movies that will appeal to Western audiences...I know Indian movies are relished throughout the world, but they retain a very desi flavor. Do you think this is even necessary?

    November 10, 2009 at 5:03 am | Reply
  60. Fouad Babar


    I want to put the following question;

    "Dispite being a national hero, you didnt invited a single muslim to your sons wedding.... I have heard you are racist when it comes to hindu / muslim."


    November 10, 2009 at 5:08 am | Reply
  61. Sarah Amutha

    You have had the oppurtunity to see Bollywood go through a major transition over the years. It is now affiliated to hollywood status. What do you think would be the the future of indian film industry?

    November 10, 2009 at 5:10 am | Reply
  62. Mirage

    Now that you have advertised for almost every product under the sun, When will you start selling toilets (commodes)?

    November 10, 2009 at 5:28 am | Reply

    What can you do for creating Peace in South Asia?

    November 10, 2009 at 5:54 am | Reply
  64. Sulav Bhatta

    There is no denying the fact that you are a global icon. Yet, you are so down-to-earth. This is something a lot of us can learn from you. How do you manage being so modest?

    November 10, 2009 at 5:55 am | Reply
  65. Aditya

    Having achieved everything you ever wished for, what still inspires you to do what you do now?

    November 10, 2009 at 6:07 am | Reply
  66. M L Chaudhari

    I WANT to know from Bachhan, why he selected a wife for his son from filmy-world but outsider for his daughter?
    If even today he LOVES Rekha ? If Yes, why? If no, what?

    November 10, 2009 at 6:14 am | Reply
  67. Mario Pereira

    What are the chances of you bagging the coveted Oscar Award for your performances in PAA? Do you think your role will generate interests among the jurors. Do you think the six hour makeup routine would finally pay off?

    November 10, 2009 at 6:14 am | Reply
  68. Sandon

    Don't you know that you need Jesus Christ as your Lord, God and Saviour to save you from all your sins?

    November 10, 2009 at 6:22 am | Reply
  69. Subbu

    He is a living legend and a diamond that has not been discovered by the international film critics. It is hollywoods loss and bollywoods gain.
    Wish all of you could see his body of work – especially from his early career.

    November 10, 2009 at 6:22 am | Reply
  70. Prem Kumar

    My question to Amitabh Bhachan, are you a millioner or billioner? Is your family a billioner or trilloner?

    November 10, 2009 at 6:33 am | Reply
  71. Abdul Azeem

    Why has he lost his laugh? Offlate (since last couple of years) we have noticed that, especially when he is interacting with media people, he keeps a very straight face and even the most light hearted queries are replied in most broodish way. The latest example being his interview with Barkha Dutt on NDTV.

    He should know that we loved his laugh as much as we do love his other emotions. One trait less will definitely hurt his affable persona. PLEASE LAUGH AGAIN !!!!

    November 10, 2009 at 6:52 am | Reply
  72. saima salman

    How do u still look so young..............?????

    November 10, 2009 at 7:04 am | Reply
  73. Sunkanmi

    I am a Nigerian who grew up watching Bollywood movies most of which you featured in and I begin to wonder, was there anytime you desired to break into American Movie industry – Hollywood?

    November 10, 2009 at 7:26 am | Reply
  74. Rich

    I would ask Amitabh Bachchan "who is Amitabh Bachchan" since I have never heard of him.
    No doubt he has never heard of me either, so I guess that makes us even.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:27 am | Reply
  75. Farooq Azizi

    You are a great actor, possibly the greatest actor of all times. But Abishek is far from an actor... let alone a 'good' actor. Yet he still tops the list of actors, movies, and marrying the most beautiful girl.
    do you think, he is taking advantage of your fame and popularity and made his career solely based on that? Or do you give some credit to himself as well? Honestly!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:41 am | Reply
  76. Naveen

    I am quite impressed by the fact that you only have greyness in your beard and not your hair :).. would u recommend this style for a person aged 28. Unfortunately, i am the person.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:18 am | Reply
  77. Khaled Khan

    1. How do you see your career next ten years
    2. How do you want our world to be after 50 years.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:23 am | Reply
  78. John Dinwiddie

    I would be interested in your assessment of Jean
    Renoir's The River in terms of its position in the
    history of Indian cinema. Not that it was, of course, an
    Indian product, but it was a startling work for westerners
    not exposed to modern Indian culture. Was it startling to India?
    Was it appreciated, resented, noticed at all? Was it influential?


    November 10, 2009 at 8:28 am | Reply
  79. Najmal Hasan

    How can Bollywood fight climate change ? Any strategy ?
    Is Bollywood's climate film in the making ?
    When will Bollywood get its Michael Moore ?

    November 10, 2009 at 8:40 am | Reply
  80. Gopi V

    As i know he is one of the best in the world

    November 10, 2009 at 9:09 am | Reply
  81. AVI



    November 10, 2009 at 9:13 am | Reply
  82. Amar

    We all know your son can't act and is in Bollywood just because he has a famous father who is an actor – but how do you feel about Aishwarya Rai taking the spotlight away from your fame?

    November 10, 2009 at 9:24 am | Reply
  83. Shahrukh Khan

    Do you wear a Hair Piece?

    November 10, 2009 at 9:30 am | Reply
  84. Partha Sarathi Misra

    Q1: Aladin – Hit or flop?
    Q2: Tell something about Paa.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:32 am | Reply
  85. zubery

    I am a great fan of yours as others. I never cared about the gossips or scandals about you when I saw yu in reel and real. Did you ever feel that " it would have been better if I am not an actor of this class. Just a normal person as others" Do you envy the regular day to day life of the mass.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:34 am | Reply
  86. Allan

    "Sala hai telephone bhi kya ajeeb cheez banayi hai? Udhar se aadmi sochta kuch hai, bolta kuch aur hai, karta kuch aur hai. Jaise tum log." Does that ring true for u in all aspects of your profesional life, it may be an old dialogue, but it still rings true.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:35 am | Reply
  87. Dinesh Nair

    Mr Bachchan,
    Two question for you
    1): One what makes you tick?
    2) Which is your favorite movie ?


    November 10, 2009 at 10:29 am | Reply
  88. Amir

    How do you feel right now about playing with belly-button of your daugher-in-law in Kajraray???

    November 10, 2009 at 10:33 am | Reply
  89. Rajdev Brar

    What are the most prominent modern day issues that you think the new generation should focus on abolishing? [How can the film industry play a role in this?]

    November 10, 2009 at 10:53 am | Reply
  90. Biswajit Dutta

    Shame to see you perhaps in one of the Gala Diner (So called Charity) in London hosted for head injury by one of so called the once Maharaja of Jodhpur. For once you could have visualized the plight the animals go in for the FUN Sports of the rich. Don't play double standard. Please really do good for the animals. PETA should take a serious note on this.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:04 am | Reply
  91. Hanif

    Salaam to you sir,

    Amitab ji your a great actor tell me who you think best actor ever in bollywood (old and new) . Also I am sure you must be helping lost of poor people please name wich community you help most?
    I am also from Mumbai Nagri. Wish you all the happiness in the world
    Allah have mercy on you and your family... Khuda hafiz

    November 10, 2009 at 11:04 am | Reply
  92. Saeed sabri-matanagh

    What are your thoughts on world peace?

    November 10, 2009 at 11:09 am | Reply
  93. Sanam

    I don't have a question, just a comment – Mr Amitji, you are a living legend to most of us. I will not claim to be your biggest fan, but I have utmost respect for you and your contribution to Indian cinema. You are a true Artiste in every sense of the word, please continue.
    Love always,

    November 10, 2009 at 11:22 am | Reply
  94. rps.gill

    he is a traitor he stabbed nehru famly who used to give him lots of love and treat as a family member now he is with those people in up state like amar singh who are blood sukker of uttar pardes

    November 10, 2009 at 11:42 am | Reply
  95. alain kennedy

    do you have any work?

    November 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  96. zoe

    When are we going to see you without your wig!!!!! Do not be so vain.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  97. zoe

    One more for our Mr. Bachhan. Is it true that he and Rekha have a child?

    November 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  98. Yoganand Netrakanti

    Quite a few personalities in India made an impact on the psyche of Indians. To state a few Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Next is undoubtedly Amitabh Bachan from a cameo role on the big screen 'Sath Hindusthani' to the 'Kaun Baanega Crorepathi' on the small screen. How do see yourselfabout the achievements over the years?

    November 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  99. naveen

    Mr Bachchan

    You were made a hero by the masses , pls tell the audience what you have done for the upliftment of the masses , pls inform the public they need to know .

    November 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  100. Alan Mukhiaya

    Dear Big B,
    I have always been an admirer of U and your films. I loved you acting from my school days in Darjeeling. I saw U in person in Barsat Ki ek rat when you were shooting in Darj. I liked Kala Phatar the most.
    Long life and happiness always.
    Alan Mukhiaya

    November 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  101. Abhishek

    What keeps you motivated to your work even at this age, when most of Indians would love to completely relax during this period of their life? Do you have some Guru, whom you really worship?

    November 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  102. grave yard

    Mr. Tom ( better to say Mr. Tomb)
    Do you know more than criticing people? Mr. Amit is great actor. Actor do turn to camara by professon not toward the man like you. Got it?

    November 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  103. Trophie

    I've become a great fan of hindi films and yours over the past few years. Since I'm from America, I know there is a following for it in certain areas, but some regions are still completely ignorant (in my opinion). How long do you think it will take for America to truly embrace your films? Or what do you think it would take for America to really appreciate what Indian cinema has to offer?
    You're a great man and I wish you and your family all the best!

    November 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  104. Shambhu Nath Jha

    I really wonder to your natural abilities of attracting the people.It is my immense pleasure to ask you one question- as you have been gone through series of experiences in your life, what would you say about meaning of life and what is your perception to solve the current global crisis on peace and stability .


    Shambhu Nath Jha

    November 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  105. shariq Mohd.

    hi, AB
    No one beats you as an actor, not even shahrukh, salman, amir or saif, thats my opinion, but trust me you gotta grow as a human as well and not just an actor, u not inviting muslims was lowly of you, i respect u as an actor but not sue wot kind of mentality u possess, kind of un-indian

    November 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  106. Manish

    Mr Bachan, I am 52 years old, people of my generation they lived with you, you have been a great influence on our lives, as angry young man, or a lover or an ideal husband or a reformer . Why there is nobody else to replace you in the charishma you wielded on youth of those days ? Secondly as a politician, the whole nation gave you tremendous support, we all expected radical improvement to the state of affairs of the country, why did you back out of politics,when the nation needed you most?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  107. Maitrie Koendan

    Dear Mr. Bachchan

    You like a celebrity around the world,
    and a hero, especially for the less fortunate in India,
    have you ever taken the time to think
    about the poor part of the population of India?
    And if you did, have you any idea for a solution?
    Finally you have also taken part in politics !

    November 10, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  108. Sheila

    Amit abh has a rare combination of both talent and star power. He is an example of talent triumphing over sheer star power. My respect for him increased 100% after watching Deewar. Question: Who is your closest competetor in acting talent?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  109. dave chukwuji

    Over the years re-make of old movies have become a fashion both in Hollywood and Bollywood, what's your opinion about this trend and how would you rate the re-makes against the original? Specifically, how does the new Don compare against the old Don?
    Additionally, do you foresee a partnership, a collaboration among the the three largest film industries in the world, Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood in the near future?

    November 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  110. Manish


    I have one more question from you, you are standing at a pedestal , nobody in India ever dreamt of reaching there, you are an icon as far as Bollywood is concerned , many of your fans still see themselves in you, where do you go from here? In my view, there is nobody like Big B, may God bless Big B, so that he continues to bring cheers to our lives. Amitji, Bhagwan apko lamba aur swasth jeevan de, meri prabhu se yahi prarthana hai . Apke swasthya ko lekar ham log bahut chintit hai .

    November 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  111. Anand V.

    Did you not promote Abhishek in cine field, thus denying him a career that he deserved elsewhere ? Weren't you nepotistic ?

    November 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  112. Ola

    I have fund memories of sneaking into cinemas in my early teens to see your movies. Myself and some friends had a wonderful time practising some of your acts. i wish you well. stay blessed.

    November 13, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  113. Manish


    For every Bollywood fan in their forties and fifties , there is no other superstar other than you, a versatile actor, a very emotional person on screen, and what we hear about you , a very emotional person and a gentleman off screen. I can not forget the moment, when I had an opportunity to see you in person in Mussorie where you were shooting many years ago , and shook hands with you . It is indeed one of the most memorable moment in my life . I have always been interested to know what makes you sad, what brings happiness in your life? What are your lowest moment and great moments, memorable moments in your life?

    November 14, 2009 at 6:04 am | Reply
  114. Adisa Lasisi

    Congratulations Mr, Bachchan on this wonderfull award. As a teenager, I was watching some of your films with other GREATS like Shashikapoor and Dhamendra.
    QUESTION: Are you close to these GREATS or know about their whereabouts? and Can you revive some of those great films like Sholay and digitise them so that we can start buying and enjoying them again?

    November 20, 2009 at 7:46 am | Reply
  115. Tunji

    I saw Sholay @ 10, over 20years later i still shed tears when i see you die. One of my life goals is to meet you (i promised that 10 year old boy)!

    What would be you consider to be the most important factor of your success?

    November 20, 2009 at 10:02 am | Reply
  116. Kelechi Onwubiko

    Considering the success attained by Bollywood in so short a time, what can Nollywood (the Nigerian version) learn to improve its products and artistes?

    November 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  117. shaban

    I wanted to ask you inmany of your earlier films you stared with many other famous and popular heroes like Dharmendra and Vinod khanna and Shashi Kapoor, do you still keep in touch with them and would you consider working with them in any future movies?

    November 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  118. Mohammed D Bamanga

    amitabh bachchan u a an icon in india like micheal jackson in united states u have done wonderfully in educating the world through your
    movies infact i can remember far back in the 80s when some of my classmates use to quate your saying to support there aguements and i hope you a training who will succeed you.

    November 20, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  119. Alankar

    Dear Amit Ji

    You obviously are a wonderful actor, a blessed artist and a great human being capable of creating such wonderful things on screen by enacting them.

    Why have you not tried directing a movie? You have obviously produced movies but we would like you to be at the helm of affairs of a movie and it would be great to see you create or shape up an idea or thought or a script.

    It will be interesting.

    Any thoughts?

    (P.S.- Please call him Amit Ji on your programme, 'Ji' is a suffix added to a person's name in India as a mark of respect. Mr Bachchan deserves utmost love and respect beacuse he is so full of respect to other people when he speaks to them on TV.)

    November 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  120. wrienda

    dear mister bachan,

    I don't have a question. Just want to say this: You are trully a great and fantastic actor. Your contribution to indian cinema is enormous.



    November 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Reply

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