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Amitabh Bachchan: For being an everlasting hit

'He has defined Indian cinema'

August 20, 2008

Rajeev Khandelwal, the acclaimed actor of Aamir, on the phenomenon called Amitabh Bachchan.

Amitabh Bachchan is a legend. He is a pillar of Indian cinema.

He has defined Indian cinema. His contribution will stay with us for many centuries to come. There are many of his films which we can watch 100 times, 20 years from now. His contribution to cinema has been spectacular. Whenever Indian cinema will be discussed in future, we will talk of him.

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I like the versatility of Amitabh Bachchan. What inspires me about him is how he has evolved with time and moulded himself. He is the only actor who has consistently delivered hits and kept people interested in him. We still look forward for his film. To survive for 38 years and to survive how, is the art that all actors should learn.

What inspires me about Mr Bachchan is that he is such a well read person. It is not only about him on screen but about the depth he has. His knowledge about cinema and other things around the world -- all together make him a legend. I would surely want to read Mr Bachchan's autobiography.

Shakti is my all time favourite film because he is pitched against another legendary actor, Dilip Kumar. I like the script and performances in the movie. It is a very believable film.

Mr Bachchan represents India when he is abroad. He represents Indian culture. One of the best ways to reach out to people of other countries is through art and culture.

Rajeev Khandelwal, a popular television actor, won critical applause for his first film Aamir. He is currently working on his second film. He spoke to Patcy N. Video: Uday Kuckian. Photograph: Paresh Gandhi

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