Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is overjoyed after receiving praise from thespian Dilip Kumar and says he no longer needs any other endorsements after receiving such appreciation from the man who has been his inspiration.
‘There are actors and there are actors and there is Dilip Kumar, Dilip Saheb, Yusuf Khan! From the moment I saw him in a film, I knew he was the ultimate inspiration for me. Today( Wednesday) he posts a generous comment on me on his Twitter account, and I have nothing more to say but this — I do not care for any comment from any critic, colleague,’ the 69-year-old posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com.
‘I do not care for any opinion from anyone. This below is the the most endearing and lasting endorsement that any actor could receive. I feel today after 42 years in the Industry, that there is a fulfilment of thought and value. Nothing greater could have been asked for, nor received. I believed in a man who to me represented the ultimate. He was he is and he shall always be, The Dilip Kumar,’ he further posted.
Dilip Kumar, 89, Wednesday sent an open letter to Big B appreciating his work and recalled a few of his powerful performances in the movies like ‘Black’ and ‘Paa’.
In the letter, Dilip Kumar wrote: ‘With tears of pride in her eyes Saira handed over the print out of your (Big B) eloquent tribute to my work (Dilip Kumar) in your blog. I read it once, then again and again…
‘…I am certainly privileged to know from your affectionate compliments that someone as knowledgeable and competent as you has liked my work. Yes, now that you have reminded me, I can recall the scenes that brought us together before the cameras for ‘Shakti’. I should say the respect and admiration are mutual. Not just ‘Shakti’, your work in several films I have watched has been world class and inimitable.
‘In recent times, I can remember ‘Black’ and, if I remember right, Saira and I were at a loss for words at the premiere night, after the curtain came down, to express our myriad feelings of admiration for your outstanding performance. It is a pity the film missed the Oscar nomination. If any Indian actor, in my personal opinion, deserves the world’s most coveted award, it is you. I have heard so much about ‘Paa’ which we didn’t catch up with. You know how Saira is-she never could see me die in my films and she could not muster the courage to see your death scene in ‘Paa’.
‘Thank you, Amitabh, for your warm love and good wishes. May God keep you, Jaya and your family happy always.’