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Raj Thackeray's unique birthday wish for Amitabh Bachchan

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Last updated on: October 11, 2017 17:40 IST
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Raj Thackeray took to social media to wish Amitabh Bachchan on his 75th birthday in a unique way.

The MNS chief made six caricatures of the superstar in his signature style, through which he traced Bachchan’s journey in the movies from 1970 to 2017. 

His sketches are so fitting, aren't they?

Raj Thackeray also wrote about the superstar: 

'One tends to talk in superlatives when the topic of discussion is Amitabh Bachchan, and the occasion is his 75th birthday.'



'No debate that Amitabh Bachchan altered the style and content of Hindi Cinema, and set a new agenda for filmdom.

'Again, no debate, that his roles re-defined the post 1970 Indian cinema and his legacy continues. He cast an abiding influence on generations of cinema buffs.'


'Many actors have, down the decades earned their spurs in cinema, making their mark and earning good popularity too. And sooner or later they have faded into the sunset.

'However, Amitabh Bachchan still holds the sceptre. And how!'


'A couple of years ago I had differences with him over the issue of Marathi language. I still adhere to my views which I have made known to him.

'The truth of the matter is legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar are not the brand ambassadors of a particular region or state. They belong to India.

'But, I hasten to add that even when I differed with him, I had not a shred of doubt in my mind about his sterling contribution to cinema, his numero uno status as performer.'


'During the last four decades or so, Amitabh Bachchan has portrayed a breath-taking range of roles on the silver screen, and has brought to life a cavalcade of characters.'

'I have sketched his images on the occasion of his 75th birthday in an attempt to capture his unparalleled career and to showcase his changing persona. This is a small gift from the artist in me to a thespian.

'I hope you will like it.

'Happy birthday, Amitabhji.'

Illustrations and text: Kind courtesy Raj Thackeray/Facebook

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