Amitabh Bachchan and Raj Thackeray’s case is a classic
example of foes to friends.
The two had their differences years back when MNS chief accused Amitabh Bachchan for not contributing enough to Maharashtra despite living in the state for many years. During those times Jaya Bachchan had also said “Hum UP wale hain, Hindi mein hi bolna pasand karenge", but had to tender an apology later.
It was in 2013, when Amitabh Bachchan & Raj Thackeray decided to bury the hatchet. Bachchan accepted Raj Thackeray’s invitation to be a special guest at MNS Film wing’s anniversary. Since then, Raj Thackeray has been doing something special for the star of the millennium every year on his birthday.
Raj Thackerey And Amitabh Bachchan At An Event
As Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his 75th birthday today, Raj Thackeray posted an article on Facebook along with a few paintings of Big B, sketched by him.
“One tends to talk in superlatives when the topic of discussion is Amitabh Bachchan, and the occasion is his 75th birthday.
No debate that Amitabh Bachchan altered the style and content of Hindi Cinema, and set a new agenda for filmdom.
Again, no debate, that his roles re-defined the post 1970 Indian cinema and his legacy continues. He cast an abiding influence on generations of cinema buffs.
Many actors have, down the decades earned their spurs in cinema, making their mark and earning good popularity too. And sooner or later they have faded into the sunset.
However, Amitabh Bachchan still holds the sceptre. And how!
A couple of years ago I had differences with him over the issue of Marathi language. I still adhere to my views which I have made known to him
The truth of the matter is legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar are not the brand ambassadors of a particular region or state. They belong to India.
But, I hasten to add that even when I differed with him, I had not a shred of doubt in my mind about his sterling contribution to cinema, his numero uno status as performer.
During the last four decades or so, Amitabh Bachchan has portrayed a breath-taking range of roles on the silver screen, and has brought to life a cavalcade of characters.
I have sketched his images on the occasion of his 75th birthday in an attempt to capture his unparalleled career and to showcase his changing persona.
This is a small gift from the artist in me to a thespian.
I hope you will like it.
Happy birthday, Amitabhji.”
Here are the pictures posted by the MNS chief:
Image Source: rightlog & pikspost