Amitabh Bachchan will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos attended by 2500 of the world’s leading figures from politics, economics and business — including forty-one Heads of State. Amitabh will be presented with the Crystal Award at the Forum for his contribution to improving the state of the world. Amitabh has been prominent in the Light a Billion Lives campaign, which aims to bring solar power to the impoverished of the world as a source of sustainable light and energy.
The Economic Forum itself will focus on the causes of the debt bubble in the US from 2000-2006 which led to the current economic recession — and the role of banks within a socially responsible economic system.
As always, Amitabh is likely to be a little embarrassed by the attention and the show of attention that his legions of fans feel for him. As far as possible, he likes to play down his superstar status and present himself and his family as ordinary people. “I never believed that I was special,” he says, “I am just blessed. I would like to be known as the son of my father Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother Teji Bachchan. I respect my parents for bringing me up the way I am. My son Abhishek Bachchan and I want to do away with the word star. We are ordinary folks. My relationship with my son is personal and domesticated. Even before Abhishek was born, I had made up my mind that if I ever had a son he would be my friend. Abhishek is as balanced and down-to-earth by nature as I would expect anyone from our family to be.”
Amitabh’s epic tale of a business don, Sarkar, is to be remade in Mollywood by superstar Mammootty in the lead role.