BOLLYWOOD: The world knows him as Bollywood’s shahenshah, but he prefers to be called the son of late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he has been in the public eye from the day he was born but has no legacy of his own to leave behind.
The actor, who has successfully transitioned from the “angry young man” to shahenshah to Bollywood’s most globally-known ambassador during his over four decades-long career, says his father’s public presence is far greater than his.
“It is coming on to 50 years in public life… That is as far as I am personally concerned… But I have been in the public life from the day I was born. I was always the son of Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, eminent poet and litterateur, him having a public presence far greater than mine,” Amitabh said in an interview. “I have no legacy… My father’s legacy is what I am interested in and I shall try always to further it.”
Amitabh, who is looking forward to the release of his next film 102 Not Out, has time and again penned his feelings and thoughts about his bond with his father in his elaborate blogs. Earlier this year, he had also expressed displeasure over the stipulation in the copyright law which allows exclusive rights to heirs of original literary work for 60 years after the author’s death.