Commemorating his iconic role in the 1983 movie Coolie, porters at the Habibganj railway station in Bhopal on Sunday celebrated the 73rd birthday of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
Born on October 11, 1942, Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, is an Indian film actor. With more than 45 years of filmy career, Amitabh first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Deewar and Zanjeer, and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. He has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. So total was his dominance of the movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director François Truffaut called him a “one-man industry.”
The coolies set up a pandal outside the station, where they put up a life-size poster of the actor.
They cut a cake, prayed for the actor’s long life and sang and danced to songs of the 1983 movie Coolie, which starred Bachchan in the main role.
“The film Coolie not only gave us recognition but also respect from people.
May Amitabh Bachchan live a long and healthy life,” Rakesh, a coolie, told.