'Big B is an icon'

Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 recently and director R Balki, who has delivered hits like Cheeni Kum and the national-award winning Paa with Big B, describes the Bollywood legend as a once-in-a-lifetime actor.

Balki also feels that Indian cinema is going through a special phase with the veteran actor.

“He is once-in-a-lifetime actor,” Balki says, adding that such a multi-talented actor is a rarity.

“He is an icon. We are fortunate enough to be living in an era where people like him are there. And I don’t think one will get to see another Amitabh Bachchan in the next 100 years.

I don’t think it can happen,” he adds.

“Besides his talent, hard work, his personality and his acting skills is a difficult combination to get all together. He is the heritage monument of India,” he states.

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