Amitabh's special birthday gift

  Jaya on Amitabh

  Ajitabh, Ramola on AB

  Abhishek on AB

  Shweta on AB

  'Doctor, will I act again?'

  Hema Malini
  Neetu Singh
  Puneet Issar
  Nirupa Roy
  Shashi Kapoor
  Shatrughan Sinha

  Prakash Mehra
  Tinnu Anand
  K Bhagyaraj
  Rakesh Mehra
  Prahlad Kakkar

  Slide Show
  AB's birthday gift
  The director's actor
  The family man
   A day with AB

  Neerja Shah
  Anwar Ali
  Romesh Sharma
  Khalid Mohamed

  Age is just a number for AB
  AB, rare class act
  Sweet 60! A factfile
  Jessica Hines

  Readers' take
  'AB is the greatest entertainer'
  Happy birthday, Amitabh!

  AB on Rediff
  AB's filmography

  Who was AB's best heroine?

  Zeenat Aman
  Parveen Babi
  Hema Malini
  Neetu Singh


'A remarkably outstanding personality'

Ramesh Sippy Ramesh Sippy

I would attribute his longevity to his voice, his persona, his commitment, his attitude to his work.

The way Amitabh used his voice and his speech has always been remarkably effective and attractive. It makes you want to listen. With age I think his pauses have gotten longer. That is my perception as a director.

His graceful ageing along with his positive facets make him even more attractive. If today Mughal-e-Azam were to be made, who else would you choose but Amitabh?

If I were to make Shakti again, I would love to have him and his son do the two roles played by Dilip Kumar and Amitabh. He has matured like vintage wine, completely positively. All those positive qualities that he had developed earlier along with age make him a remarkably outstanding personality.

Ramesh Sippy spoke to Lata Khubchandani


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