Film industry is eternal: Amitabh Bachchan on his 74th birthday

New Delhi [India], Oct. 11 : Addressing media on his 74thbirthday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said the film industry is eternal and it will function forever.

When asked if the enormous amount of money going into film productions or paying whopping sums to stars could lead to a downfall of Bollywood, the veteran star said, "I have been facing this question for the 47 years, referring to closure of businesses, people have been making speculations that the industry wouldn't last long, but I must tell you, it is eternal." "It will live forever, obstructions and challenges might come in its way, some would attain success, some might face disappointment, but the industry will stand upright forever." Justifying the growing trend of charging actors exorbitantly, the 'Pink' star said, "It is usually said that because so much money is paid to the actor, the budget of the movie failed, but I do not agree to this.

If an artist possesses enough potential to draw millions of people to cinema theaters and the box office, what's the harm in paying him a certain amount of money he is asking for.?" Big B further said, "If his (actor) fee is covered in the total profit of the film, then it is not a bad thing, if it doesn't not happen, the actor is paid less in his next movie." One of the most celebrated actors of B-Town, who has been awarded with some of the highest civilian awards of the nation, including Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree, also has seven honorary decorates and 12 national awards to his name.

Amitabh, on his 74th birthday becomes the first Indian to have a limited collection 'Juke Box' of his own.

Gifted by his fans from The Netherlands, the box is one of the only 100 pieces produced worldwide. Specially manufactured on 74th number, the one gifted to him is also the first piece for the Indian market.

Speaking of his forthcoming film with Tinsel town's perfectionist, Mr. Bachchan later during his interaction, applauded Aamir and said, "he is a great star and has been ruling the box office and film industry for years, great opportunity to work with him (in Thug)." The superstar made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning film 'Bhuvan Shome'.

His first acting role was as one of the seven protagonists in the film 'Saat Hindustani' directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas.

'Anand' followed, in which he starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. His role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garnered Bachchan his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award.

Many of his films during the early period did not do well, but he rose to stardom from 1973 and gave some of hit evergreen hits including 'Zanjeer', 'Abhimaan', 'Namak Haram', 'Roti Kapda aur Makaan', 'Sholay' and several others.

Source: ANI