New Delhi, May 23 : Film industry stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Salman Khan and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar are in the list of those invited for the swearing-in ceremony of prime minister-designate Narendra Modi, BJP sources said.
They are part of a long list of 2,500 guests for the oath-taking ceremony, which will be held in the gravelled forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 26.
All Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will be invited, which alone add up to 777. These MPs have been invited by Rashtrapati Bhavan. However they cannot bring their spouses, according to these sources.
New Delhi, Apr 18 : Amitabh Bachchan was spotted celebrating the success of his horror comedy movie, ' Bhoothnath Returns', along with his co-actors Boman Irani, Usha Jadhav and child artist Parth Bhalerao, in Mumbai.
Speaking on the movie, the 'Sholay' star said, "It is a quirky movie and a quirky star cast. Such kinds of movies, achieving success is good for the film industry. It leaves an impression on the audience, and makes people think".
Boman Irani, who plays a villain in the movie, credited the success of the film to the blend of a social message with comedy.
New Delhi, April 9 : "Bhoothnath Returns" will hit the screens in Pakistan Friday, the same day it releases in India. The film's lead actor, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, is glad that the neighbouring nation is warming up to cinema from our country.
"I am very happy. We promoted the film in Pakistan through video call, and it is nice to know that they are welcoming our films in their country," Amitabh told IANS here.
According to a source, Big B has a huge fanbase in Pakistan, and hence the decision to simultaneously release "Bhoothnath Returns" in the two nations.
Mumbai, March 25 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was conferred India's Global Icon of the Year award at the NRI of the Year awards here.
The 71-year-old, who has been ruling the film industry for over four decades now, dedicated the award to the younger generation of actors in the film industry.
"I want to thank Times Now (news channel) and ICICI Bank for honouring me with this (NRI) award," Big B told reporters Monday here at the awards red carpet.
Mumbai, March 24 : At 71, Amitabh Bachchan wasn't sure if he would be able to lend his voice to a high voltage rap number. But the fact that special party song "Party With Bhootnath" with popular rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh was "beautifully conceived" drove him to sing for it.
The collaborative song is part of Big B's forthcoming film "Bhootnath Returns". Its video released online last week and it is being loved.
Mumbai, Feb 26 - Megastar , who is playing the protagnist in "Bhootnath Returns" says he didn't have the opportunity to share screen space with Ranbir Kapoor, who does a cameo in the film, and hope they can work together some day.
"Ranbir has done a cameo but I have not shot with him. He is very popular and I can't compare myself with him. Hope I get to work with him someday," he told reporters during the trailer launch of "Bhootnath Returns".
Amitabh says he enjoys working with new generation.
Mumbai, Dec 24 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says the format of the award function was different earlier as in those days the winners were declared before the event itself.
"In those early years, the winners were not announced by envelope at the last minute ... they were announced much earlier, and the anticipation used to be the actor that would present them ... such was the format ... until it all changed," the
71-year-old posted on his blog.
Mumbai, Dec 19 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Star of the Millennium award at the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 here. He says he was "embarrassed" when the audience stood for him as he received the award.
The 71-year-old received the award for his movie "Satyagraha" at the event held at the Andheri Sports Complex here Wednesday.
"The audience stands for me... So embarrassing to be in front of them. I quickly gesticulate to them to be seated... some did, others did not... still embarrassing," Amitabh posted on his blog srbachchan. tumblr. com Wednesday.
New Delhi, Dec 14 : With divides like mainstream and parallel cinema, single screens and multiplexes, Indian cinema lives under a divide which is a deterrent to its own good, superstar Shah Rukh Khan said here Saturday, even as Amitabh Bachchan felt the need of the hour is to "blend in" to go global.
"Until we don't inculcate a habit of collaborations, we won't be able to inch towards global cinema," Shah Rukh said at the Solutions Summit, a conclave organised by NDTV to celebrate 25 years of its existence.
Mumbai, Dec 12 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan finds it hard to refuse requests and invitations, something that he receives in abundance everyday.
“Refusal is a problem with me. It would be difficult for me to ignore, challenge, or neglect an invitation or a simple request perhaps to lend voice or presence, if asked. And I wonder whether that is a problem or a necessity,” Amitabh posted on his blog srbachchan. tumblr. com Wednesday night.
The 71-year-old admires others who have the ability to say no.
Mumbai, Dec 11 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is eagerly waiting to start shooting for director R. Balki's next project, says that some part of the movie will be shot abraod.
The 71-year-old was seen in Balki's unconventional film "Cheeni Kum", which was majorly shot in London.
“Work on Balki’s film shall start by the middle of March ... and continue for some time ... there is material to be done overseas; I don't know where, but somewhere worth its travel,” Bachchan posted on his blog srbachchan. tumblr. com.
New Delhi, Nov 30 : Indian cinematic icon Amitabh Bachchan Friday took to the Penguin Annual Lecture 2013 podium, much to the joy of an eclectic audience of almost a thousand, and left them more star-struck as he spoke about empowering the country's women, Indian cinema, poetry and more.
The 71-year-old, looking handsome in a black formal suit, reached the venue, the Thyagaraj Stadium here at the scheduled time. The sound of the audience's applause took over the netball court at the facility and Big B, as humble as he is, responded by flashing a smile and folding his hands to gesture a "Namaste".
Mumbai, Nov 23 : While shooting for "Bhoothnath 2", Amitabh Bachchan bumped into the cast of "Happy New Year" and shared fun moments with younger actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan. The megastar felt as though he was reliving his former shooting days.
The shooting of "Bhoothnath 2" and "Happy New Year" was taking place at the Mehboob Studio here Friday.
New Delhi, Nov 18 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is biting his nails because of tension as he gets back to film shooting after wrapping up TV game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC).
He shared his anxiety through a tweet that he posted Sunday.
"To bed today. Tomorrow (Monday) 'Bhootnath Returns'. 'KBC' over, film tension starts. May professionalism always bring that in us," he wrote.
The seventh season of KBC will end in December first week.(IANS)
Mumbai, Nov 14 : The 2013 edition of popular reality TV game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC) is said to conclude Dec 1. Its host, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who shot for the last episode here Wednesday, says it was an experience full of fun and thrills.
A source confirmed to IANS that the last episode will be aired on Sony Entertainment Television Dec 1. For Amitabh, it was an emotional yet exhilarating moment to shoot for the concluding episode.
Mumbai, Nov 6 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has launched ghazal album "Destiny" and urged people to listen to the album to enjoy its soothing effect.
"Destiny" has brought together the three acclaimed singers - Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz - and is said to be the biggest ghazal album of the year.
"When I listened to it ('Destiny'), it gave immense peace. I would like to urge to all the people here to kindly listen to the beautiful album. It will give you all a lot of peace and a good sleep as well," Amitabh told reporters Tuesday at the launch.
Mumbai, Oct 28 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has thanked melody queen Lata Mangeshkar for adding a special touch while lending her voice to his wife and actress Jaya Bachchan's songs on the screen.
Lata went behind the mike to croon classic songs like "Nadiya kinare" and "Piya bina" (Abhimaan) and fun numbers such as "Bahon mein chale aao" (Anamika) for Jaya.
Big B feels there is something special about the songs that Lata has sung for his wife.
Mumbai, Oct 26 : Known for his incredible general knowledge, Haryana boy Kautilya Pandit will be seen on the hot seat of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" as a part of the Children's Day celebrations. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was impressed with the five-year-old's knowledge.
"That genius kid Kautilya Pandit, just above five years and answers questions that many scientists and knowledged persons could never (answer)," Bachchan posted on micro-blogging site Twitter Friday night.
He also added: "He knows all the galaxies that exist in universe, and their complicated names."
Mumbai, Oct 13 : In a dramatic, "dream come true" moment for Sangeeta Ghosh, megastar Amitabh Bachchan went down on his knees with a rose in his hand, and recited a dialogue from his movie "Silsila" for the actress on the set of "Kaun Banega Crorepati".
No, it wasn't real case of "Cheeni Kum" chemistry, but just a demonstration of a romantic proposal that Big B was giving to actor Ruslaan Mumtaz, Sangeeta's co-star in the show "Kehta Hai Dil... Jee Le Zara".
Mumbai, Oct 11 : Amitabh Bachchan has denied reports that he will join the cast of "Welcome Back", saying he is not aware of it.
"I am not doing the film. I don't know nobody has approached me for this," he told reporters Friday.
There were also reports that Rekha will be part of "Welcome Back".
To be directed by Anees Baazmee "Welcome Back" is a sequel to "Welcome". (IANS)