Mumbai, Oct 11 IBNS | 10 months ago

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who turned 71 years on Friday, celebrated the day by announcing to reach solar power electricity to 3000 homes in India by funding the project from a trust named after his father, late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.


Bachchan family runs HRB Memorial Trust, in memory of Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and on his birthday Big B said it has tied up with Urja Foundation to reach electricity to the homes where there is no power.

Thanking his fans, followers and media for backing him for 45 years since his film career began, he said : "I want to make a small announcement. There is a trust in the name of my father which supports many causes. We have decided to reach electricity through solar power to 3000 homes in collaboration with Urja Foundation [which promotes sustainable development]."

Bachchan, who addressed media outside his house Jalsa, said it is the first phase of the project and it will begin in November and then slowly scaled up.

Bachchan to a query of journalists said he want to work till the last.

"Till there is breath I want to work," he said.

Earlier, the actor who turned a year older had said he wants to spend a quiet birthday with family. His son Abhishek Bachchan also landed in Mumbai on Friday from New York, informed the actor.

Speaking on his birthday plans, Bachchan told DNA newspaper that he wants to spend the day "as quietly as possible... with the family and a bit of solitude..."

He also thanked his fans for wishing him on his birthday by tweeting:"For the greetings, for the love, for the affection, for those whom I cannot reply personally .. for 11th Oct ... Thank you !!!"

Filmmaker Pritish Nandy wished the actor on Twitter saying:"@SrBachchan What does one say to the truly ageless on his birthday? Have fun, friend."

Businessman Raj Kunrda tweeted: "Wishing @SrBachchan a very happy birthday. Wow 11th October is a packed date!!"

Amitabh Bachchan first gained popularity in the early 1970's as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema, and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades.

He burst into the scene of Bollywood playing the role of an angry cop in Zanjeer in the 1973 film starring opposite his wife Jaya.

'Zanjeer' turned the course of Hindi film industry with angry heroes becoming the rage and no one better could essay such roles than Amitabh Bachchan.

Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards as Best Actor, and fourteen Filmfare Awards.

He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 37 nominations overall.

In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter. He also had a stint in politics in the 1980s.

He received both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan civilian awards from the Indian government.

Bachchan made his film industry debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome.

Thereafter, he got his first acting role as one of the seven protagonists in Saat Hindustani, a film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and featuring Utpal Dutt, Madhu and Jalal Agha.

Though the film was not a financial success, Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Newcomer.

'Anand' (1971) followed, where he starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. Bachchan's role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garnered him his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.

He then played his first negative role as an infatuated lover-turned-murderer in 'Parwaana' (1971).

This was followed by several films including 'Reshma Aur Shera' (1971). During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film 'Guddi' which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri. He narrated part of the film 'Bawarchi'. In 1972, he made an appearance in the road action comedy 'Bombay to Goa', directed by S. Ramanathan.

'Zanjeer' followed in 1973 and rest became history. One after another film of Bachchan became blockbusters. From Deewar to Sholay and Don to Dostana, all Big B films were super hits. He also starred in many Hrishikesh Mukherjee films, including in Bemisal.

From Rekha and Hema Malini to Rakhi, Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi, Big B had tremendous on-screen chemistry with all the heroines.

He continued to charm his fans with his acting in numerous films including 'Khuda Gawah', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham', 'Silsila', 'Lawaaris', 'Baabul', 'Paa', and 'Satyagraha'.

After working this long in the Indian film industry, the actor never fell short of experimenting. He even made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with 'The Great Gatsby', in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.

Bachchan also continues to mesmerise his fans as the host of popular television game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati.

(Posted on 11-10-2013)