By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI:Bollywood stars wish Amitabh Bachchan a happy birthday and pick their favourite songs of the Big B.
Irrfan Khan: “God bless Mr Bachchan’s spirit and energy. My 3 favourite songs of Mr Bachchan are Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein khayaal aata hai(Kabhi Kabhie), Rang barse(Silsila) and Tum bhi chalo hum bhi chalen(Zameer).”
Ayushmann Khurrana: “He’s playing the best innings that an actor could ever play.He’s like the Sachin Tendulkar of Indian cinema. He’s not only ahead of his contemporaries, he’s also ahead of all current superstars.A perfect representative of Indian cinema. He’s evolved with the changing times.That’s what makes him a true legend. My 3 favourite songs? Chho kar mere mann ko(Yaaraana), Khaike paan banaras wala(Don),Teri bindiya re(Abhimaan).”
Preity Zinta: “The Big B just gets better and better with time. His innings is just never-ending. I am close to the entire family.Aishwarya, Abhishek, Jaya Aunty..I can’t say I’m that close to Amit Uncle. He is just so…up there, so distant and so mysterious.I am intimidated and awed by him. I’ve worked in 3 films with him.I had some meaty scenes with him in Yash Uncle(Chopra)’s Veer-Zaara and Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear.Believe me it was a learning experience. My favourite songs? Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein(Kabhi Kabhie), Rang barse(Silsila) and Choo kar mere man ko(Yaaraana).The songs are good indication of his awesome versatility.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: “Hazaaron saal jiye aap, swasth rahen…My favourite songs of Bachchan Saab are Neela aasman so gaya(Silsila),Do lafzaon ki hai dil ki kahani(Great Gambler), Rimjhim gire saawan(Manzil).”
Jackie Shroff: “He is one cool dude. My favourite songs of Mr B are Yeh kahan aa gaye hum(Silsila), My name is Anthony gonzalves(Amar Akbar Anthony) and Aaj rapat jaayen(Namak Halaal)
Dhanush: “Before you I tell you my 3 favourite songs of Bachchan Saab let me tell you an incident about him.I was in Africa shooting for a film. A local asked me where I was from. When I said India he said he knows 3 things about India…the Taj Mahal, spicy food and Amitabh Bachchan. That is the kind of legend he is. Many many happy returns to one of cinema’s greatest icons. My 3 favourite songs of Bachchan Saab are Tere mere milan ki yeh raina(Abhimaan), Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein(Kabhi Kabhie) and Mere angnein mein(Lawaaris).”
Raza Murad: “Amitji is turning 71 this year. But his energy level is that of a 17-year old. That indefatigable energy has kept the Shahenshah going.He is an ageless wonder. My favourite songs of Amitji are Khaike paan benaras wala(Don), Dekha ek khwab(Silsila) and Inteha ho gayi(Sharaabi).