Q. This year your birthday is also special because
there is a new member of the household on the way. Does
the excitement of that new arrival add a special sparkle
and sheen to your birthday this year?
A: Everyday is special, every birthday therefore is special
- for those born and those yet to be born.
Q: Has the excitement of becoming a 'Dadajee' (paternal
grandfather) sunk in yet?
A: Yes, long ago.
Q: At 69, you continue to be the busiest entertainer
in this country with an engagement diary that challenges
the 24 hours granted to a day. Are you able to do all the
things that you would like to?
A: Not entirely! There are many things that cross my mind
which I feel I should also be doing. Someday perhaps I shall
find time for them too.
Q: Are there any unfulfilled desires? Anything
that you'd like to do? What have been the most important
events of the past one year?
A: I hope there are unfulfilled desires within me but to
say what they shall be is difficult to put a finger on.
I can tell you what is important for me today, not what
has been important for me in this past year. That I shall
not be able to remember. And that is how I would like it
Q: The name Amitabh Bachchan means many things
to many of us. What does it mean to you?
A: My name given to me by my parents.
Q: You are often asked why you don't write your
autobiography. Now that you are putting your thoughts on
your blog wouldn't you like to put the story of your life
A: My life has been blessed and I am ever grateful to the
Maker and my parents for giving me that. Beyond that I find
it unworthy of biographical documentation.
Q: You've been shooting regularly for Kaun Banega
Crorepati (KBC). How has television influenced your entire
perception of mass entertainment?
A: Television has been a huge revelation for me. Its reach,
its value, the impact it creates, have all been a great
learning exercise. I had been involved in its functioning
long before it became so big in India. It is a most influential
medium and has now become the mainstay of most entertainment
in this country, out-beating cinema.
Its immediacy in today's time of rapid and instant communication
is its greatest asset. It is tedious and exhausting but
a most satisfying creative medium for me as I am sure it
must be for many others that contribute to it.
Q: What are the films that you have signed or are
about to sign?
A: I have not signed any new project, in the real sense
of the word. But yes, there are many that are under discussion.
It would not be ethical to talk about them until those formalities
Q: Finally, what are the things that you'd like
to change in your own life and in our country this birthday?
A: Why a birthday to think of making changes? If one strongly
feels about them any and every day day is good. My life
is as I said, satisfactory beyond my hoped imagination,
but for the country I would wish for it to progress much
beyond its cliched label of a 'third world country'. I want
it to be the 'first', not 'third'!!