Did you know there is a temple dedicated to superstar Amitabh Bachchan in South Kolkata, near Ballygunge Phari. But this year as the Indian icon turned 78 on Oct 11, they could not hold a bonhomie amid the pandemic. Rather, the temple founders organized a virtual meet where Big B was scheduled to interact with his Extended Family.
The birthday of Amitabh Bachchan, or “Guru” as superfans in Kolkata love to call their beloved star, is the year’s biggest event at the temple every year. There is a yagna and the ritualistic puja and cake cutting of course. This year, rituals were held in a restrained manner.
For the virtual Google meet on Big B’s birthday, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, comedian Raju Srivastava, and singer Sudesh Bhosale were invited, temple founder Sanjay Patodiya told IANS. “This year Guru’s birthday is special because he has fought coronavirus and defeated it. He proved he is a true fighter,” he added, saying that the temple members were distributing 1,000 masks, 1,000 bottles of sanitizers and ration to 200 people in Bachchan’s name.
Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Bachchan apologized to his fans who were waiting to get a glimpse of the legendary actor on his birthday and were standing outside his home, Jalsa. “I am just not allowed to step out and the care is mandatory,” he said in his blog.