Cairo, April 1:
Amitabh Bachchan has found a new home away from India. The infectious smile and warm hospitality from the people of Egypt has left a lasting impression on the megastar’s heart and mind.
The actor, who inaugurated ‘India by the Nile’ festival here on Monday, took to his official blog to talk about his experiences in the country.
“I return here to Cairo, for the 4th time within a span of years, that reflect almost that of my entire career in films, and still feel as though I have come home! It is infectious, the smile and welcome of the people of this land.
“Their hospitality and their love of cinema that introduced me to them, is beyond compare. Its a meeting of brothers of a family, of uniting together, of holding hands to express our admiration and love for each other…It is quite unique,” Big B posted on srbachchan.tumblr.com.
The 72-year-old has been roped in for the third edition of the festival being organised by the Indian embassy in partnership with Egypt’s ministry of culture and tourism as well as the Cairo Opera House. The superstar also noted that his visit to the country is different this time with the intervention of diplomatic lines.
“But now…in this visit, the welcome is enthusiastic but subdued, partially because the Indian Embassy is in charge, as they are the ones hosting the annual event ‘India by the Nile’, and a large bit of diplomatic formality has crept in, thankfully. Of course the other thing is that my film ‘Mard’ is not running in the theatres,” he shared.
He also expressed that he is overwhelmed by all the love showered on him.
“’Mard’ I am told ran for 2 years here in Egypt, despite strict rulings on exhibition of foreign films, and because of its cult standing there is a large number that recognises and adulates moi,” he posted.
Meanwhile, his 1977 hit Bollywood action comedy “Amar Akbar Anthony” will be screened at the festival. (IANS)