Islamabad, Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

Legendary bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who has roots in Karachi from his mother's side, said if he will be invited, would love to visit Pakistan.

''You invite me and I will come now'', Bollywood superstar told a Pakistani TV channel.

''I'd like to visit Pakistan,'' he said in an exclusive interview with Express News, a TV channel from the diversified stable of Lakson Group, which also brings out the multi-edition English daily, Express Tribune.

''You invite me and I'll come now,'' he said when asked when he plans to travel to Pakistan, recalling that he had visited Lahore and Karachi as a toddler with his mother.

Amitabh Bachchan's mother, Teji Bachchan, was born in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), and graduated from Government College, Lahore. His mother's family hailed from Karachi.

''Whenever I get a chance, I'll certainly come to Pakistan,'' Express Tribune quoted him as saying in his first-ever interview with a Pak channel. He is happy that he is popular in Pakistan.

''I'm very happy to know that I have a lot of fans in Pakistan,'' he said adding that he would like to see

''good neighbourly'' ties between the two countries.

''We belong to the same land. We're one people,'' he said.

''I have many friends in Pakistan. Whenever I meet them abroad, I feel like I'm talking to my own people,'' said Mr Bachchan.

Talking about cricket, Mr Bachchan said he enjoys watching matches between Pakistan and India.

He has been following Pakistani cricketers since the 1950s. ''The Pakistani team has good players and some of them are cricketing legends like Fazal Mehmood and Mushtaq Ali''.

Turning to Pakistani films, the 71-year-old doyen of the Indian silver screen said that he watched a lot of Lollywood flicks featuring Muhammad Ali.

He added that in the past, the standard of Pakistani TV serials was high and he liked the characters. He called for frequent exchanges between the two countries in the field of art and culture, ''so that both nations can learn from each other''.

(Posted on 08-04-2014)