STOP….. no way: You shall never tire, You shall never slow down

You shall never tire, You shall never slow down, You shall never turn back, This oath you will take today! 

तू थकेगा कभी, तू रुकेगा कभी, तू मुड़ेगा कभी, कर शपथ, कर शपथ, कर शपथअग्निपथ अग्निपथ अग्निपथ।

Amitabh Bachchan turned 79 yesterday and its been almost 52 years since his debut film Saat Hindustani. Over the 50 plus years in the film industry he has played numerous characters just like the title of his new film Chehre. From the angry young man of the 1970s to being one of the most trusted voice, Amitabh Bachchan continues to make headlines whether it be for being the voice on Alexa to terminating his contract with a pan masala brand.

His birthday also brings close memories of the only time I met him 12 years back. Like many fans it feels good to share the experience I had with the Big B.

It was in 2009, at an event to launch of Limca Book of Records, that I met and interact with the Big B, through my client Coca-Cola.

Limca book of records was celebrating “India at its Best” and was felicitating the legends of India including Amitabh Bachchan. As part of the felicitation photo-op there was a badge which was given to each dignitary to pin on the jacket/coat. In the slightly dim-lit back-stage, I saw the #BigB struggling with the pin and as he looked up he saw me – and requested if I may help him pin. While I managed to do that with my trembling hands, I could feel his warm eyes, assuring me.

We had been informed in advance by his office that he was on a tight schedule and would leave immediately after the felicitation. But post the event, there was request by few media houses for an interview with Amitabh Bachchan. While we were planning on informing the media about the tight schedule, I heard the famous baritone : I can meet few.

And what started with few became One More, One More please.

For Amitabh Bachchan, who celebrated his 79 birthday yesterday, its not the age but the MILEage as he continues to remain relevant, reinventing himself again and again. A true professional, Amitabh Bachchan says that as an actor, it is nothing but “disrespect to the makers” if they do not give their 100% and do their job perfectly on the sets and why its important to rehearse and rehearse more at his age, since he cannot remember lines.

One of the finest actors of Hindi Cinema (he doesn’t like the word Bollywood), Amitabh is also of the most recognised and trusted faces in the country. His maturity and statesmanship give him an unparalleled mass appeal making him one of the most reliable and trust worthy face.

The 2015 study on human brands named Amitabh Bachchan as the most “trustworthy” brand across geographies, demographics and income classifications. Despite controversies and competition from a growing band of young celebrities, the superstar manages to retain the trust of consumers across age groups.

So when Covid19 stuck, it was no brainer for The WHO and The Ministry of Health, Government of India to find someone who could make people aware of COVID-19 issue and urge them to practice social distancing. Over the last 20 years he has been the face of many brands and associated with various social campaigns.

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One of the biggest advantage Amitabh Bachchan has, despite his age, he is current and contemporary. From acting to production to politician to music videos he has ventured into various new field, taking tentative step in that direction.

From big screen to small screen – being a Chef (Cheeni Kum), to a child (Paa), to an arrogant and hypochondriac father (Piku), he keeps challenging himself and presenting in a new avatar. Success, Failure keeps coming for him, but then he reinvents himself to rule the mind and imagination of the nation by constantly reinventing himself – learning, unlearning and upgrading himself.

The angry young man of 1970’s got most of his lines from the writing duo of Salim-Javed (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar) and now Salim suggests that Amitabh should retire now,  but we know that Amitabh is someone who goes by the famous poem by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan:

You shall never tire, You shall never slow down, You shall never turn back, This oath you will take today!

Here is the famous poem by Mr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, father of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, which was used for the movie Agneepath.

तू थकेगा कभी, तू रुकेगा कभी, तू मुड़ेगा कभी, कर शपथ, कर शपथ, कर शपथ,

अग्निपथ अग्निपथ अग्निपथ।

यह महान दृश्य है, चल रहा मनुष्य है, अश्रु श्वेत रक्त से, लथपथ लथपथ लथपथ,

अग्निपथ अग्निपथ अग्निपथ।

हरिवंशराय बच्चन 

(English Translation)

You shall never tire, You shall never slow down, You shall never turn back, This oath you will take today!

This oath you will fulfill in your life! Take this oath! And walk the Path of Fire, every single day! The oath of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire!

What greater spectacle, Than to see such a man walk, Who in tears, sweat and blood, Is soaked, covered and coated;

And still walks on in the Path of fire! Walks the path of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire!


Happy Birthday Sir. Stay Blessed.

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