Mumbai, Dec.8: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has claimed that India is moving in a forward direction to become a developed nation.
During a promotional event in India's showbiz capital, Mumbai, Bachchan said he dislikes India being called a developing nation
"I hate being India called a developing nation, I want it to be called the first nation of the world, I want the nation to be developed and I think we are moving forward in that direction," said Bachchan.
Bachchan is a rage among the Indian cinema lovers who gained popularity during 1970s and 1980s.
His best-known film, "Sholay", ran in Bombay for seven years - turning him into an icon in India, much like Elvis Presley was in the West.
While interacting with mediapersons, Bachchan said he likes doing challenging work.
"My future plans are just to keep working, My goals, I never had an opportunity to set them and I do not even believe in that because I just feel that the word you said goal is a very clich‚d expression I just want some challenge and some opportunity that future directors will provide me and hopefully I will be able to deliver them as well," he added.
Millions of young men aped his distinctive hairstyle and people in remote villages rattle off lines from his films. A fatal accident he survived on the sets of "Coolie" in 1982 let the country into a tizzy, forcing state television to telecast hourly bulletins, the first in media history.
He was voted the millennium's greatest star of stage and screen in a BBC online poll a few years ago, ahead of Hollywood icons including Lawrence Olivier, Humphrey Bogart and Charlie Chaplin.
He also became the first Indian movie actor to be exhibited in wax at Madame Tussauds museum in London.
While many contemporaries have retired from Bollywood, the silver-bearded actor still continues to attract audiences of all ages. (ANI)