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You’ll agree that as the economy totters, unemployment rises to 25 per cent and airwaves are full of the anguished cries of the hungry and the abandoned hurtling towards a new low, the least our privileged stars can do is provide chorus to a ditty that peddles that worn-thin homily: ‘this too shall pass’. Guzar Jayega is composed by Jatin Sharma, with Amitabh Bachchan, as pictured here, voicing the solemn narration. As many as 60 celebrities sang along, from Raveena to Sunny Leone, from Babul Supriyo to Yuvraj Singh and Leander Paes: “be strong…be safe…love….” We applaud in earnest.

In this file photo, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan interacts with Irrfan Khan (R) during the screening of film 'Madaari', in Mumbai. Khan, one of India’s finest and most versatile actors, lost his battle with a rare form of cancer and died in a Mumbai hospital. He was 54.

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In this file photo, Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone at the launch of the film 'Piku' in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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Against a pale blue sky, they clap for those who are putting themselves in grave danger in this hour of crisis—Abhishek, Aishwarya, little Aaradhya, other family-members and the patriarch, Amitabh Bachchan. The latter apparently re-tweeted a post on the deleterious effect of state-sponsored clangour on the virus on March 22-an amavasya. Can’t believe your ears? You won’t if you’re a fan, but do investigate and decipher these revealing interstices of unreason. You’ve got time on your hands.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with family members clap as a gesture to show gratitude to the helpers and medical practitioners who are working relentlessly to fight coronavirus during Janta curfew, in Mumbai.

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President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2018 to veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, conferred for his contribution to the Indian film industry, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2018 to veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, conferred for his contribution to the Indian film industry, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan addresses after receiving the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind pose a group photo at the presentation of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, conferred for his contribution to the Indian film industry, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur meets Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan at the Circuit House in Manali.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan performs during a function to pay homage to 26/11 victims at Gateway of India in Mumbai.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and others during a function to pay homage to 26/11 victims at Gateway of India in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan arrives to pay respect to the mortal remains of Indian theater and film actress Shaukat Azmi (actress Shabana Azmi's mother) in Mumbai.

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Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan being felicitated at the inauguration of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan arrives for the opening of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Panaji, Goa.

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A fan sculpts the number 77 from ice blocks outside the residence of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan to celebrate his 77th birthday in Mumbai. Bachchan turned 77 on Friday.

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A fan wears the mask of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan to celebrate his birthday outside his residence in Mumbai. Bachchan turned 77 on Friday.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan greets his fans waiting outside his residence 'Pratiksha', on the occasion of his 77th birthday, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan greets his fans waiting outside his residence 'Pratiksha', on the occasion of his 77th birthday, in Mumbai.

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The Durga Puja pandal is a smorgasbord of happiness, and piety. You can’t fake it. Like the joy in Rani Mukerji and Karan Johar’s sindoor-smeared faces; like the devoutness in Mr and Mrs Bachchan’s eyes; like the jig Nusrat Jahan did to hubby Nikhil Jain’s drumrolls—in a crimson sari, vermillion on her forehead and hair neatly tied in a bun. The svelte Bengali actor-MP’s dhak dance is her first as a married woman.

In this file photo, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, left, along with his wife Jaya Bachchan, second left, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan have light moments as they pose for photographers during a charity event in aid of education for underprivileged children in Mumbai.

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Amitabh Bachchan receives Hridaynath award in Mumbai.

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Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachchan, Balasaheb Thackeray and Jackie Sshroff at a function

Amitabh Bachchan waves to fans upon his arrival at the airport in Ahmedabad.

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Amitabh Bachchan showcases a creation during the fashion week

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Amitabh Bachchan celebrates 77th birthday on October 11

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Actor Amitabh Bhachan enjoys speedboat ride with his grandson near Benaulim beach in Goa

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan gestures at a press conference to promote his new movie Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap in Ahmadabad.

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In this file photo, Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar (writer & lyricist) and Pushpa Bharti release a book on Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poems selected by Amitabh Bachchan during the 44th Jnanpith Award in New Delhi.

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In this file photo, Amitabh Bachchan with lyricist Javed Akhtar and renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh

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In this file photo, Actor Amitabh Bachchan examines his wax figure as he poses for photographers after a curtain raiser event of the eighth annual International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) at Madame Tussauds in London.

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In this file photo, Amitabh Bachchan is presented with the 'Legion d'Honneur' (Legion of Honor) by France's Ambassador to India Dominique Girard in New Delhi. 'Big B' joined the legion of legends such as Satyajit Ray, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Steven Spielberg after being awarded with France's highest civilian distinction for his contribution to Indian and international cultural life at a glittering function at the French embassy.

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Sharbani Mukherjee, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol and others during 'Durga Puja' celebrations, in Mumbai

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Sharbani Mukherjee, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol and Ayan Mukerji pose for a photo during 'Durga Puja' celebrations, in Mumbai

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during 'Durga Puja' celebrations, in Mumbai

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks at 'Banega Swasth India' campaign in Mumbai.

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That measured gait, that voice, those expressive eyes, the lanky-legged half-steps set to music...all this created Amitabh Bachchan’s gigantic screen presence. His car­eer had a plateau and a sheer drop, but was saved by a sharp and steady switchback in style and content. Big B is now our elderly and wise superstar—the unsurprising rec­ipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan arrive to attend the felicitation ceremony of world badminton champion P V Sindhu by the Sahara Group, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during the book launch event of "The Non-Conformist" biography of Balraj Sahani by his son Parikshat Sahani (R) in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at Mukesh Ambani's residence 'Antilla' in Mumbai.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan launch the 'Mission Paani' campaign, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan attends an event in celebration of the completion of 5 years of ‘Banega Swachh India’ campaign in Mumbai.

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Members of Amitabh Bachchan Fans association celebrate with porters at Howrah Railways Station in Kolkata. The Bollywood superstar came out from 'Coma' on 2nd August 1982 after he got an serious injury during shooting of his film 'Coolie' on 26th July,1982.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan with Abhishek Bachchan during the match of Haryana Steelers and Jaipur Pink Panthers of Vivo Pro Kabaddi season 7, in Mumbai.

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Several pictures of the superstar adorn the walls and doors of the museum.

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All Bengal Amitabh Bachchan Fans’ Association had unveiled the life-size statue of Big B.

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Apart from the statue, the museum has several other items used by Bachchan.

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Several pictures of the superstar adorn the walls and doors of the museum.

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Bachchan fans also perform daily Puja at the temple.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during the funeral procession of action director Veeru Devgan, in Mumbai

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At first glance, this could have been any Hollywood acting great in disguise, softly launching into a great spell—Al Pacino, Donald Sut­herland, Erland Josefsson, Laurence Olivier...take your pick. It happens to be Bachchan, in the upcoming Chehre. Hope the director will give Big B moments of gravity.

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, right along with his wife Jaya Bachchan, daughter in law Aishwarya Rai, second left and son Abhishek Bachchan, left poses for the media after casting their vote at a polling station in Mumbai

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Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, right along with his wife Jaya Bachchan, poses for the media after casting their vote at a polling station in Mumbai

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Doesn’t he seem to have owned the part already? An ageing patriarch, we ima­gine, with fading powers but swagger intact, a gamchha slung rakishly around his neck, portending a ready offer of offence taken. In acc­epting a role in Uyarntha Manithan (Tamil), Amitabh has done the best thing in years—leave his footmark amidst one of the most fanatical film-lovers in the world.

Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan pose for a picture during the wedding reception of actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with artists performs during a programme to pay homage to the victims of 26/11 terror attacks, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan at the music launch of singer Avitesh Shrivastava's debut single 'Main Hua Tera', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan with writer Siddharth Shanghvi during the book launch entitled 'The Rabbit & The Squirrel' during the 9th edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan releases a book with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during inauguration of '24th Kolkata Intenational Film Festival' in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Waheeda Rehman light the lamp through remote in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and others dignitaries during inauiguration of 24th Kolkata Intenational Film Festival' in Kolkata.

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Amitabh Bachchan savours a brew at his Mumbai home as Jaya hovers past, 1998

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Fashionista and, we suppose, full-time daughter of famous parents, Shweta Bach­chan Nanda is now author of Paradise Towers, a novel about the various lives in an apartm­ent block. Mom and dad were at hand for the release of course. As for the story, shades of Georges Perec and Carlo Emilio Gadda? Nah, this is an original.

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Bollywood actors (L-R) Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, director Vijay Krishna Acharya, Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan pose for photos during the trailer launch of their upcoming film ‘Thugs of Hindostan’, in Mumbai.

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Why, you might ask yourself, did they not zoom into the grinning faces of this father and son duo when covering the France vs Belgium semi-final. But, in St Petersburg, they only had lenses for fans who had personal investment in the outcome of the game. Point is, like so many of us, Abhishek and Amitabh, too, had lots to cheer about. At half-time, they were even.

Didn’t she stand out for being the only family-member disinclined towards acting? What made Shweta Nanda take the inevitable plunge into the family trade isn’t known, but there she was, playing a caring daughter to an aged Amitabh, in a commercial for a jewellery brand.

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Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor at a press conference to celebrate the success of their film "102 Not Out" in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchana, right, along with son Abhishek Bachchan leaves after attending the marriage cermony of Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor in Mumbai.

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From left, Amitabh Bachchan with daughter Shweta Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding in Mumbai

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Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh in 102 Not Out

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan waves to his fans at his residence in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor during Trailer and Song launch of their film of '102 Not Out' in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan arrives for the shoot of his film 'Thugs of Hindostan' in Jodhpur.

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One striking thing about the tributes pouring in for Sridevi is how genuinely heartfelt they all are, and not the usual platitudinous declarations of greatness. Along with Kamalahaasan and Rajnikanth, the one huge star who was deeply aff­ected by the untimely death was Amitabh Bachchan, her co-star in Inquilaab, Aakhree Raasta and Khuda Gawah. As she was being flown back on Feb 28, Amitabh tweeted in ang­uish: “Get back..just get back...to love”

Before the India-vs-Pakistan World T20 match at the Eden Gardens, 2016

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Their last outing before the camera was the ill-fated Ajooba, but Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh would hope that 102 Not Out recaptures the magic of Naseeb and Amar Akbar Anthony. A centenarian father who puts his 75-year-old boring son in an old age home? Why, this has the kernel of a laugh-riot. We’ll wait for May 4.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes a selfie with Bollywood personalities during Shalom Bollywood an evening to celebrate Israeli and Indian Bollywood relations during his visit in Mumbai.

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Bollywood Actors Amitabh Bachchan with Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Daughter Shweta Bachchan arrive for the wedding reception of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma in Mumbai.

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Amitabh Bachchan arrives with his daughter Shweta Nanda for the wedding reception of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma in Mumbai.

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Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan attending the funeral of legendary actor Shashi Kapoor in Mumbai.

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A Madame Tussauds Wax Museum staffer looks at the wax figure of Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway as the wax figure of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachan is displayed on the left and Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is displayed on the right during a press preview of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi.

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Shift the scene to the IFFI in Goa, where poor Akshay Kumar bent towards Big B. In return, he got this surly tweet: “...no Akshay this is not done”.

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif at the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa.

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Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar at the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa.

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I & B Minister Smriti Irani presenting the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award to actor Amitabh Bachchan, at the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa.

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I & B Minister Smriti Irani and actor Akshay Kumar presenting the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award to actor Amitabh Bachchan, at the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Amruta Devendra Fadnavis and victim relatives at a programme organised on the anniversary of 26/11 terror attacks, in Mumbai.

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(clockwise from top left) Mumtaz, Rekha, Meena Kumari, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand, Madhubala, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan

Were Big B, Shahrukh and Kamalahaasan discussing the opening film—Yellow (Iran)—of the Kolkata International film festival? Or was it only banter? With Michael Winterbottom, Kajol, Mah­­­esh Bhatt and Kumar Sanu thrown in, fans had an eyeful before the hall darkened. And in the end, there was Mamata, the best emcee of them all.

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Film actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Hasan seen interacting with each other during the inauguration of '23rd Kolkata International Film Festival', in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan lights the lamp, as Amitabh Bachchan, second right, Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee, wearing white, and other Bollywood personalities watch at the inauguration of 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival in Kolkata.

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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, right, and Shah Rukh Khan greet each other as they arrive for the inauguration of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival in Kolkata.

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Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee, center, acknowledges the crowd Bollywood personalities, front left to right, Mahesh Bhatt, Kamal Hasan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Kumar Shanu look on at the inauguration of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival in Kolkata. The festival will continue till Nov. 17.

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Megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan seen sharing a light moment during the inauguration of '23rd Kolkata International Film Festival', in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kamal Haasan, Kajol and others during the inauguration of '23rd Kolkata International Film Festival' in Kolkata.

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Nirupa Roy, ano­ther iconic mother, in Deewar

For a man who has looked at his own face peering out from all types of screens, billboards and pages for half his life, doesn’t Ami­t­abh tire of it, as here in Lucknow, with Jaya and a selfie stick? Big B’s fans evidently don’t, if celebrations on this October 11, his 75th birthday, are anyth­ing to go by. A 230-feet high mural of Deewar was the high point.

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Children greeting actor Amitabh Bachchan on his 75th birthday through his poster in Kolkata.

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A mural of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan being created by artist Ranjit Dahiya on a high rise building to greet the actor on his 75th birthday in Mumbai.

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Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattanaik creates a sand sculpture of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan to wish him on his 75th birthday at Puri beach of Odisha.

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