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04 March 2024

India’s 'Prime Icon': Salman... er, no. It's Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan (AFP) 

By Lipika Varma / Sanskriti Media & Entertainment

The first ever India’s Prime Icon is none other than living legend Amitabh Bachchan. Bachchan was recently felicitated at the grand finale by Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma. He said, “I am obliged to be recognised as India’s Prime Icon and am thankful to one and all who chose me for it.”

Refreshing his childhood memories he says, “Mr Geoffrey Kendall with his theatre group Shakespeareana had visited Sherwood College in Nainital with his plays and during one of his visits, he initiated the Kendall Cup for Dramatics to be presented to the best actor of the year. In my second year at Sherwood, I won the best actor cup for the play 'Government Inspector' by Nikolai Gogol, the Great Russian playwright. This was awarded in the Annual Function held in college for my first ever play which is still close to my heart. Getting awards is inspiring, especially to a child.”

Coming to all the pending cases he says, “I am facing two old cases in Allahabad and I have faith in the Indian judiciary. Since the matter is subjudice we cannot speak about it.”

Very politely Amitji refuses to talk about the recent controversy about Kamal Hassan’s film ‘Vishvaroopam’. Certain scenes have been allegedly depicted Muslims in a bad light. “Well, I am not aware about the issue. But all I can say is that our constitution has provided the right to freedom of speech. Everyone has the right to put forth their views.”