Mumbai, Feb 16: Exactly 50 years ago, Amitabh Bachchan entered the film industry. Gee!What an incredible and inspiring this journey has been.
Celebrating this milestone, his son posted an Instapic and wrote, 'ICON! To me, he's so much more. My father, best friend, guide, best critic, greatest support, idol..... HERO!'
'50 years today he started his journey in films. Even today, his passion and love for his craft and work are the same as I'm sure it was on the first day. Dearest Pa, today we celebrate you, your talent, your passion, your brilliance, and your immense influence. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next 50 years'.
'The coolest thing he taught me today As I went in the morning to wish him for completing 50 years of being an actor and to tell him that I was leaving for work I asked him where he was all ready to go to? He said..... To work! #50yrsofBigB #amitabhbachchan #BigB'.
Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema. So total was his dominance on the Indian movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director François Truffaut called him a "one-man industry".
The Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts. The Government of France honoured him with its highest civilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.