A few days ago, in memory of the deviation of 9/11, Amitabh Bachchan penned down a heartfelt post, recalling his experience being held up.
The superstar revealed how he wasn’t allowed to board a flight to Los Angeles, where he was shooting for Kaante. Big B, who was at Heathrow Airport in London on 9th September 2001 when the attacks took place, has to stay put in a hotel room as all flights to the US were suspended.
On the 16th anniversary of the attacks, speaking about the incident on his blog, he said, “9/11 was tragic, sad and frightening… I was shooting for 'Kaante' in Los Angeles and had taken a couple of days off to travel to Egypt for the International Film Festival in Alexandria, where they were honouring me with a special award. Ceremony over, the next morning I took a flight out of Cairo, to Los Angeles via London… Arrived in London, Heathrow Airport, and after a short wait was announced to board my flight to Los Angeles via New York City.”
Big B described how he was ready to board his flight when he suddenly received a frantic call from his daughter Shweta who asked him to immediately watch the news. He went on to describe the fear that broke out saying, “immediately there was a sudden commotion in the entire airport ... people were moving about rather rapidly in all directions, some with muffled screams and a large portion of them running to the large TV screen at the terminal. Motionless and in shock and stunned silence, people watched the second plane go in too and it was a most unexplainable situation .. some had anger written all over them, some were in tears, others were frantically making calls...”
He continued, “I just stood there for a while stunned and then quietly walked across to my gate to board the flight ... boarded, taxied off and then the plane turned back ... the announcement ... all flights to and from US blocked and stopped." Due to this, Amitabh had to stay in a hotel for three days, until they finally received clearance to travel.
He described those three days saying, "They were treacherous ... did not move from the room and only watched TV giving news of the incident and talks and debates and details of what and why and where and how. A sad moment.”
A sad moment indeed!