Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is only getting wiser, fitter and wittier with age. The actor will be turning a year old tomorrow and some of his fans have already started wishing him a blessed and happy year. Ahead of his 77th birthday on October 11, Amitabh revealed he is in no mood to celebrate, adding he is extremely grateful that he is still working and is in good spirits. "What is there to celebrate? It's a day like any other. I'm grateful that I am still working and that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit," he said in an interview.
Amitabh requested his fan base to pray for his good health. He recalled his childhood birthdays when his father and the late poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, would always compose and recite a poem for him. "It was a family tradition," stated Big B, adding, "But this tradition took an entirely new definition when, after my near-fatal accident in 1984 – when I nearly lost my life after a shooting accident on the set of Coolie – that my father recited my birthday poem. It was like a new life for me. While reading the poem my father broke down. It was the only time I've seen him like that."
However, while Amitabh is aware of the fact that things have changed over time, as far as birthday rituals go, he remains unfettered by it. "My father's poetry is much-missed, as is my mother's excitement on that day. The annual ritual of cake-cutting no longer interests me. It has been replaced by a plate of dry fruits," he quipped. When asked if he has any unfulfilled dream, he mentioned, "There're so many! I want play the piano. I want to learn many languages. I'd have liked to work with Guru Dutt.” Speaking about which one of his films he would love to remake for himself,” Amitabh concluded, “None. What was to be done was done to those films. Why not look ahead?"